The Effect of Anxiety on Relationships

By Nkem Egenuka on Tue, 09/05/2017 - 17:55

Anxiety is a nervous disorder marked by excessive uneasiness and apprehension, typically with compulsive behaviour or panic attacks. Anxiety can cause feelings of fear, sense of unease and tension.

It may take a while before an individual recognizes signs or symptoms of anxiety, but if not properly handled, it can affect the individual physically, psychologically, and behaviourally.

Effects of Anxiety on Relationships

ANXIETY CAUSES FEAR AND INSECURITY IN RELATIONSHIPS

Anxiety can lead to excessive suspicions in relationships. The anxious person would always think he has an unfaithful partner, which would fuel his insecurities and fear.

CONSTANT WORRY

People with anxiety issues always worry and are easily overwhelmed.

NEEDINESS

One of the persistent aspects of anxiety in relationships is neediness. People with anxiety disorders are often too needy, they need constant reassurance and this can cause stress in the relationship.

ANXIETY CAUSES DISTRUST AND DISCONNECT IN RELATIONSHIPS

Anxiety makes people withdraw from their partners, and because of their worry, they lose trust in them thereby causing strains in their relationship.

Coping with Anxiety

  1. Build trust in your partner by reaching out when you are feeling worried.
  2. Open up to one another and  trust your partner with the fragile parts of you.
  3. Do not always take things too seriously
  4. Let your partner see you as a support.
  5. Share a laugh and have fun together.
  6. Never close the door of communication in your relationship.

Anxiety really affects relationships negatively; we have to deliberately attend to it, so that we can have a healthy relationship.

 

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sanjoseanxietycounseling.net

 

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