Dating someone with anxiety issues or an anxiety disorder can be horribly stressful. Sometimes it can feel like the anxiety is a third person in the relationship, someone who wriggles in between you and your partner. This person constantly sews doubt and confusion.
No one prepared you for this, and you can’t choose who you fall for. There’s no high school class on dating, much less dating someone with a mental health condition.
Nonetheless, anxiety doesn’t have to break your relationship or put a strain on it to the point where it’s hard to enjoy. By understanding anxiety in general and how it affects both your partner and your relationship, you can love each other more deeply and connect in a new way. Educating yourself can also relieve a lot of the stress.
This article breaks down everything you need to know and do when dating someone with anxiety: how to support your partner, understanding how the anxiety can impact your relationship, looking out for your own mental health and more. Keep reading if you want to make sure anxiety doesn’t become a third person in your relationship. Continue reading Dating Someone With Anxiety: What You Need to Know and Do
Anxiety symptoms in women are generally the same as in men:
- Thoughts about everything that can go wrong or something that might be wrong already
- Obsessive thoughts
- Insomnia (sometimes a result of the thoughts)
- Chronic fatigue
- Becoming stressed quickly and easily
- Sudden fear of death, embarrassment, illness, etc.
- Fight-or-flight responses to something that can’t cause physical harm
- Repeating ritual behaviors more than necessary (checking locks, grooming, etc.)
- Heart palpitations
- Shortness of breath
- Loss of appetite
- Chest pain
- Feeling like you’re choking
- Hot flashes
- Muscles tightening
- Muscle aches
- Hairs standing up
- Hives and rashes
The differences lie in how women tend to express and process these symptoms, and how they often focus their anxiety on certain issues more than men. There are also genetic, biological and neurological differences that make women more likely to develop anxiety and experience symptoms more frequently. Continue reading Anxiety Symptoms in Women: A Quick Guide
If you want to learn more about social anxiety, this infographic is a great place to start. It breaks down issues within social anxiety, including symptoms, myths and ways to cope.
Use it as an overview to begin your journey toward understanding social anxiety. If you have it, understanding it is the first step to dealing with it. Continue reading This Infographic Will Help You Understand Social Anxiety
Social anxiety can be both frustrating and fascinating. If you suffer with it, you might wonder, “What causes social anxiety? Why do I have to deal with this?”
Even if you don’t have it, you might be curious. Maybe someone you care about has it or you are interested in exploring the issues surrounding it.
Whatever the perspective or motivation is, learning about what causes social anxiety is worth it. Understanding the causes can help you be more empathetic toward the roughly 15 million people who deal with it. If you have social anxiety and are tired of it limiting your life or stressing you out, learning what causes it is the first step toward treating it. Continue reading What Causes Social Anxiety?
Talkspace can change your life for the better. But how can you believe us until we show you?
Ricardo is one of thousands of people who use Talkspace to live a happier life and cope with mental health issues. Maybe his story will offer insights into how Talkspace could help you.
I came across Talkspace by accident as I was desperately searching for answers. I’ve suffered from depression and anxiety for many years and was in the middle of a serious bout with both. Continue reading How Ricardo Used Talkspace to Overcome Depression, Anxiety and Abuse
When you worry, you are believing the “what if’s” you tell yourself. Your fear response is activated as if there is real danger.
If you were in danger, the stress response would help you get out of it. But without a real threat to deal with, you are left with excess energy and nowhere to put it.
When anxiety is high, you can feel like you want to crawl out of your skin. It’s understandable that people want to avoid anxiety or situations that trigger anxiety.
Avoidance isn’t the solution, though. In the long run, avoidance actually reinforces your fear that you can’t handle the situation. The worry becomes cemented and self-confidence lowers. Continue reading Don’t Avoid Your Worries! Manage Them With These 5 Strategies
When Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20, walked into the Pulse Night Club on the night of June 11, he most likely thought it would be a normal evening. He would dance, socialize, maybe enjoy some of the live entertainment or Latin theme night. Then he would go home, sleep in and see his loved ones in the coming days.
Capo — and at least 49 other people — did not return. They lost their lives in the Orlando shooting, a senseless act of violence and the deadliest mass shooting in our country’s history. Continue reading Coping with Grief and Anxiety in the Wake of the Orlando Shooting
If you are having a panic attack at work while reading this, please immediately follow the simple steps below (if not, skip this section):
- Pull up this article on your phone so you can reference it after leaving your workstation.
- Leave the situation you are in as soon as possible. If you need to, make an excuse such as needing to use the bathroom.
- Head to the nearest place where you will have privacy or at least avoid interactions that will exacerbate the panic attack. It could be a small, private office, a phone booth, a bathroom stall, a bathroom for only one person or maybe outside the office.
- Focus on your breathing. Try to take deep breaths through your nose and let your stomach expand. Continue this until your symptoms improve.
- While you are breathing, remind yourself this isn’t your fault. You didn’t do anything wrong.
- Counter the thought that might be causing or contributing to your panic attack. Now that you’ve found a place where you can better handle your symptoms, think about how safe you are. Nothing can hurt you right now. Everything is OK.
- Remember, you have handled panic attacks before. You were OK then and you will be OK now.
- Focus on your breathing again.
- Repeat steps 4-8 as many times as you need to. Remember, there is no rush. Everything is OK.
- Head home if you need to. Your health is more important than trying to tough it out and get more work done.
- Once the panic attack is over, congratulate yourself. Recognize how that satisfaction makes your body feel. Remember that feeling.
It’s hard to read detailed steps when you are sweating profusely and trying to hold it together. Use the above steps if this is your first time visiting this article. Keep reading if you want in-depth advice for future use. Continue reading How to Handle a Panic Attack at Work: The Complete Guide
For Mental Health Awareness Month, we asked some of our favorite bloggers to share their personal mental health stories to help #StopStigma. The more people speaking out about mental illness, the more people will know they aren’t alone in their struggles. Our aim is to encourage our Talkspace community and the broader mental health community to share their stories in a snowball effect, blasting stigma and breaking the silence.
This Is How I Struggle, By Kelly Bishop
You feel like you’re standing in your own way. So many things in your life should make you happy, yet you struggle to feel those elated emotions. It makes you hate yourself because you can’t let what is in front of you bring happiness. It’s not like you’re taking anything for granted, but it feels like you are, only because you’re as sad as ever when you shouldn’t be. Continue reading #StopStigma: A Blogger Opens Up About Her Depression
Many clients come into my virtual office wondering how they can finally beat their anxiety. Some experience full-on panic attacks while others report a dull, never-ending, pulsing sense of nervousness. As their therapist, I often tell them the solution to beating anxiety might be in one breath.
Mindful or conscious breathing can be an easy way to promote relaxation and reduce fear and anxiety in the moment. Using mindful breathing as a tool can help you access the part of your nervous system that allows you to reduce stress and think more clearly, which will keep you safer and eliminate the overwhelmed feeling that often accompanies anxiety and panic. Continue reading How You Can Beat Anxiety with Mindful Breathing