Anxiety disorders refer to a wide variety of psychiatric disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), panic disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). The signs and symptoms are uncontrollable and so severe that it negatively impacts the person’s life. Unfortunately, it is a very common condition that affects approximately 25 million Americans.
As difficult as it may be for a person diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, how hard do you think it can be to date or live with someone who suffers from anxiety attacks? To be with someone who is constantly depressed, afraid, or panicking?
What you can do is to prepare yourself. You have to understand what the person is going through somehow, to be able to accept the reality of the situation and not fall apart as well.
Here are ten tips that may help you deal when you’re dating someone who has an anxiety disorder:
#1. Prepare to face difficulties
Every relationship go through difficult times, but it can be reassuring to know that somehow, those problems won’t last and it can be resolved eventually. However, in people with anxiety disorders, you’ll have to remember that you may have to help your partner deal with his/her fears and problems constantly and repeatedly. This can take a toll on your relationship; therefore, it’s best to know your limits so you won’t let their anxieties ruin your life too.
#2. What they need is support and not judgement
You can expect other people to judge your partner, it’s one ugly trait that can be attributed to human nature. But you can’t do that, no…not you. Your partner needs someone to rely on when things get rough. Again, it may be difficult, but you can try to remember the things you love most about that person and why you want to spend your life with him/her.
#3. Know that you will be judged too
People may judge and question your own sanity as well. Don’t let their words get in to you. You’re going to have to learn to ignore those people.
#4. You either suppress your own anxieties or just let it go
There might come a time when you’d feel burnt out and extremely stressed, but you just can’t let your partner know because you’re afraid that it would only worsen his/her condition. Although sometimes, when you show your partner your own anxieties, you also expose your vulnerability. This may help your partner realize that he/she is not alone.
#5. Anxiety can be contagious
Like misery, anxiety loves company too. Dealing with other people’s stress and problems can be very stressful for you too. Eventually, you may find yourself managing you and your partner’s anxieties. When the time comes, don’t be ashamed of asking for help.
#6. Add some drop of alcohol…what’ll you get?
Some people with anxiety disorders turn to alcohol and substance abuse. Remember that has never been a solution to any problem but a temporary, useless escape from reality that can only make things worse. Try not to get stuck in this kind of situation. Moderate, occasional drinking is acceptable though.
#7. Find a way to deal with panic attacks
Prepare yourself for uncomfortable situations, particularly when your partner experiences a panic attack in a public place. Make sure that you know how to react and respond if he/she starts bawling and cursing loudly without any reason. Love and understanding may help, that way you won’t feel embarrassed and you also won’t feel guilty after (if you were indeed embarrassed).
#8.Patience can help you get by
It takes a lot of hard work to make a relationship last, anxiety disorder or not. Remember that love requires a lot of patience and nurturing…especially if your partner has an anxiety disorder.
#9. Sometimes all you need to do is…nothing.
There may come a time when you can’t do anything for our partner, except to listen. You have to learn to accept that, specially when they just want to be left alone. Just reassure them that you’re always there if they need you, then give them some space.
#10.Remember that it’s not your fault
Do not blame yourself for their anxieties. It is a psychological condition and it has nothing to do with you.
A 13-year-old Girl With Autism Sings A Duet With Weird Al. I’m In AWE!
Most moving performance of Weird Al Yankovic with Jodi DiPiazza and Action Play Chorus. Awesome!
"Weird Al" Yankovic is a multi-Grammy Award-winning American musician, satirist, parodist, accordionist, director and television producer. He is known for his humorous songs and style. His name might ring a bell or it will probably remind you of one of his hits entitled 'You Don't Love Me Anymore.' That's certainly an old favorite not only for its funny lyrics but its catchy melody as well.
A biennial event was aired in Comedy Central on Sunday called Night of Too Many Stars benefit to raise money for autism services and educations. One of its highlights featured the 13-year-old Jodi DiPiazza with Weird Al Yankovic in a duet of his classic song 'Yoda.' Jodi is one talented girl and Weird Al is as exceptional as ever.
I was very touched with the entire performance especially the part where the rest of the boys and girls from Actionplay Chorus appeared on stage, singing with DiPiazza and Weird Al. Everyone was entertained and deeply moved by the epic performance that the audience had no choice - they had to give Jodi and Al a well-deserved standing ovation!
You Definitely Need to See THIS: Every Tom Hanks Film Reenacted under 7 Minutes
This is what every Tom Hanks fan needs to see!
No one can deny the brilliance of Tom Hanks as an actor. With two Academy awards, several iconic films, and being named as Forbes’ Most Trustworthy Celebrity of 2014, Tom Hanks is definitely one of the best actors of this generation.
To give the world a snippet of the Hollywood icon’s films, Hanks and “Late Late Show” host and British comedian James Corden decided to re-enact the memorable scenes of all of Hanks’ films under 7 minutes. Yes, you read that right - every single movie Hanks made including “Saving Private Ryan”, “Big”, “Forrest Gump”, and “Sleepless in Seattle”.
So how exactly were they able to pull off the lightning-fast skit?
What These Cancer Patients Did Will Make You Rethink What “Stronger” Actually Means
“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”
When Kelly Clarkson’s hit song “Stronger” came out, it became the anthem for many cancer patients - including the young patients from the hemoncology department of Seattle’s Children’s Hospital.
The viral video below, which features the cancer patients and their caregivers lip-synching and dancing to Clarkson’s famous single, was made by Chris Rumble, a 22-year-old cancer patient wearing an orange T-shirt in the video. In the moving music video, the young fighters were also seen holding up empowering signs like “stronger”, “fighter”, and “hope”.
Rumble, who was diagnosed with leukemia, became the cancer kids’ “big brother” in the ward.
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