Dealing With An Anxiety Disorder Within The Family


Anxiety Disorders can be particularly straining to family relationships. Most of the time, anxiety disorder symptoms can go by unnoticed aggravating the signs for the victims and affecting their relationships with family members, household routines, and even finances.

Dealing with anxiety disorders can be difficult as the recovery process is lengthy. Also, people who are eager to help, like a parent, sibling, or other close relatives, maybe misinformed on how to address or support someone suffering from the disorders. For example, when a person suffering from Social Anxiety Disorder would need some space due to impending anxiety or panic attack, people within the person with SAD would not leave the room because they are worried. This is aggravating the anxiety attack of that person who has it.

It’s not uncommon for parents to see their children as extensions of their own selves. This may lead parents to try to get their own needs met through their children. — Johannes Kieding, LCSW

It would do well to understand what anxiety disorders can do to a loved one. It is also necessary to understand some things that can be done to help your mother, father, sibling, or relative in case he gets an anxiety trigger. This post seeks to do that with the following notes.

Just a quick run-through, here are the most common anxiety disorders – generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, panic disorder (panic attacks), separation anxiety, agoraphobia, specific phobia, and selective mutism.



Effects Of Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety Disorders has several psychological and psychosocial consequences that can be just as serious as physical ailments. It can destroy happy moments, family occasions, and other things, but you have to be understanding.

Anyway, a couple of known examples are:

  • Anxiety Disorders can disrupt regular family routines. Special consideration will need to be taken for those suffering from an anxiety disorder, often requiring other family members to fully carry responsibilities like household routines, paying bills, or taking care of children.

Children experience a great deal of anxiety when they live with constant parental discord. In fact, in many situations, children do better when they relate to each parent alone in a healthier environment. — Meri Wallace LCSW

  • Anxiety Disorders can keep you from maintaining a career which hinders your way to earn. Those with anxiety disorders may have difficulty finding or keeping a job so that it may cause a financial burden on the family.
  • Anxiety Disorders can destroy your social life. Patients will be reluctant to participate in social activities, which can put a strain on family dynamics. Partners can also feel lonely if the patient becomes distant.
  • Anxiety Disorder will affect your emotional wellness. Anger, resentment, and guilt may spur from dealing with the effects of anxiety disorders. Children particularly may feel neglected or abandoned.


Using the art of being tuned in to your children’s emotions – Listening carefully, Acknowledging and Accepting their feelings-respond appropriately thereby reducing the risk of trauma. — Vikki Stark M.S.W., M.F.T.

How To Provide Support For Your Loved One

Recovery can be taxing, but family members can help the process by providing support, being more aware of symptoms, and creating a conducive environment for healing. The following are points to be considered:

  • Be more flexible and patient in adjusting plans and routines
  • Be encouraging and positively reinforce healthy behavior. Acknowledge small achievements without being patronizing.
  • Manage expectations during stressful times.
  • Promote treatment and good habits. Remind them to keep appointments and medication. Set realistic goals and don’t be too critical if these aren’t achieved.
  • Be understanding. Read on materials to understand the disorder better and be accepting of behaviors that may not be understandable at the time.

Recovering from anxiety disorders can be long and taxing to the individual and their families – however, it is treatable with enough support and encouragement. It may be overwhelming to deal with, but you can look forward to improvements in relationships, career, and general well-being at the end of the ordeal.