How To Deal With Anxiety & Depression When You Are In A Relationship
Anxiety depression is definitely a challenge for the person living with it, and also for his or her loved ones. If you have anxiety depression, it can be tempting to just withdraw into yourself. However, you can still have good relationships with others, improving your own emotional health without worrying about being a burden to your significant other. Attacking anxiety and depression is difficult. Symptoms of anxiety and depression can take over your life. That is why you should be open about your anxiety depression when your relationship starts to get quite serious. This can be a difficult subject to open up, especially if your partner has very negative or even fearful attitudes about people with depression. (This is a major concern in cross-cultural couples.) However, if it turns out that your partner is unable or unwilling to understand the true nature of your condition, it is perhaps better to part ways, than to insist on staying with a person who will not let go of this prejudice. If your partner is afraid that the relationship will require too much “work” because of your condition, you will probably be happier with a person who is willing to put in more effort. On the other hand, you should not use your anxiety depression as a convenient excuse for every weakness and slip-up you have as a romantic partner. Should your girlfriend or boyfriend see through you, they will probably have a hard time trusting you again. Also, whether or not they believe you, they are likely to end up with misguided notions of your condition, which will be a liability should you need their support to manage your anxiety. As you can see, honesty is a major component in maintaining the balanced attitude described above. You should be honest with your partner. You should also be honest with yourself, in terms of being well-informed about your own condition and how it really impacts your life. With clear understanding and support, anxiety depression need not stop you from having good relationships.
By Tiffany M. Banks
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