Hello everyone, this is my first post. I'm a 24yo female diagnosed with anxiety and panic attacks. I've also had some health problems so lately my anxiety has been centered around my health. My question has to do with friends and family of people living with anxiety. I often feel like I have to justify my anxiety and answer 100 questions about why I'm feeling a certain way and why can't I "just calm down." When I'm calm and my thoughts are centered, I feel like I can understand my family's frustration. However, when panic sets-in unexpectedly (as it always does), their constant questioning and disapproval only fuels my anxiety and worsens the attack. I especially need advice about how I can relate my feelings to my boyfriend, whom I live with. I can tell he is getting frustrated, and he even gets angry sometimes. I realize that when someone doesn't deal with anxiety, it's hard for them to understand, but how do I get them to see that this is a real problem, and not just something that I can wave a magic wand and make disappear?
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