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Bonding with your anxious loved one

Intimate connections serve as a looking glass, reflecting our best and worst qualities. They have the power to exacerbate or ease our conflicts. They can seem like enchantment when they’re working correctly. Anxiety may steal the magic and weaken the bond between two people who belong together. All partnerships require trust, compassion, perseverance, and openness. These are commonly found qualities in people with anxiety, and they are lavish with them in relationships. The issue is that anxious thoughts may occasionally undermine them just as fast.

Many aspects of loving a loved one move from simple to complicated when they are suffering from anxiety, which means that every relationship experiences ups and downs, but when anxiety is involved, those ups and downs can be very specific, very natural, and very specific.

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It’s Common To Struggle To Connect With Your Anxious Family Member

Undoubtedly, it is no strange thing to struggle with an anxious family member.  You may unintentionally encourage the anxiety to stay and worsen if you keep changing your conduct or the surroundings to meet your loved one’s uneasiness. Avoiding challenging situations prevents your loved ones from facing their anxieties and developing coping mechanisms for anxiety. Instead, it makes their world smaller as their abilities increasingly become constrained by their mounting worry.

Get To Know Their Interests

Instead of assuming, asking someone what kind of support they want is best! However, research has shown that avoidant attachment style individuals (usually those who have previously encountered relationships or caregiving that resulted in rejection) are more likely to respond favorably to intense demonstrations of actual, practical support.

Due to a fear of abandonment or of their feelings being too overwhelming for others, other individuals are more likely to want emotional support, especially those who are firmly connected or have a “preoccupied” attachment style. People like this will usually respond positively to claims that they are a tight-knit team.

These are merely approximations, so you should adjust your care predicated on what you find to be effective in your circumstance and with the help of a qualified team possibly including therapists, doctors, psychiatrists, and other loved ones.. However, when you are incredibly close to someone, you can support them by having a deep awareness of their worry patterns.

Find New Things To Do Together

Doing new things together helps you to understand their anxiety more, for instance, what happens when they start doing a recent activity and what element of it precipitates anxiety. Doing new things together allows you to learn and moderate the introduction of novel activities, thus helping in developing safeguards for the loved one when it comes to dealing with new scenarios.

Concentrating on overcoming intense anxiety in collaboration with a trained therapist is better, especially when you incorporate family therapy as well. It relieves you of your load. It also gives your loved ones more confidence by assisting them in overcoming their worries one step at a time with assistance from a knowledgeable person.

Accept That There Will Be Times They Want To Be On Their Own

Giving time to your loved ones is a crucial step toward aiding them in reflecting on their “barrage of thoughts.” Since avoidance is a fundamental aspect of anxiety, on occasion, we could feel compelled to “help out” by taking care of our avoidant loved ones and unintentionally encourage their avoidance. Support is a useful general notion to bear, defined as anything that stops short of really doing it yourself. Assistance does not entail doing things for someone else. Sometimes, we have to let them be, which may do more good than harm.

It’s Important to Address Anxiety Early

Untreated anxiety can lead to spiraling, fear of the future, and self-medication. Many people that struggle with anxiety are at risk of self-medication and potentially drug addiction. If you have a loved one struggling with anxiety, it’s essential to encourage them to engage in therapy before it gets worse.

How We Can Help You

Notwithstanding the seemingly insurmountable mountain of depression, the pressing weight of anxiety, or Damocles’ Sword of substance-use disorder, not all hope is lost. At Magnified, we walk with the patient throughout their treatment. We strive to develop a deeper comprehension of the patient to manage their treatment process. At Magnified Health Systems, its objective is to support your mental health. If you haven’t had luck with your other depression treatments, let’s talk. To learn more about treatment, visit our website to schedule an appointment.





Questions Loved Ones Commonly Ask

Why can't they get rid of their anxiety?

Anxiety is a type of disordered thinking. Many times individuals with anxiety disorder ruminate on the future and continuously cycle through "what if" scenarios. This makes individuals with anxiety extremely fearful about the future and different outcomes of situations. Anxiety order can be debilitating. Having empathy for their condition while also encouraging help is the best way to support a loved one struggling with anxiety.

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This content is verified and moderated by Dr. Brendan Bickley

Dr. Bickley graduated from U.C. Irvine with honors: Phi Beta Kappa, Golden Key International Honor Society, Cum Laude. He has been featured on national radio and print media. He is also a frequent lecturer at National Conferences. He holds an A.S. degree in Drug & Alcohol Studies, and two B.A. degrees in Criminology & Psychology, and masters and doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology. He is a licensed California Drug & Alcohol Counselor Level II, a licensed Clinical Supervisor and is certified in treating Eating Disorders.

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