Anxiety affects the quality of our relationships

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Posted on: 24 November 2020 by Gary Newman

Depression and anxiety have a direct effect on our relationships and interactions with our loved ones. There are several factors and behaviors to look out for and to control dependency-based bonds. Lastly, there is no harm in seeking specialized help for depression.

When anxiety becomes a third member in a relationship, suffering appears. The communication style changes, arguments, irritability and even emotional coldness appear. It is necessary to be attentive to the indicators.

Anxiety affects the quality of our relationships. It also does it in a way that we are not aware of because it acts almost like an invisible steamroller that crushes everything: humor, spirits, desire and even our ability to connect with others.

The anxious mind perceives, thinks, and feels the world in an "alert mode , " almost always guided by a sense of threat, mistrust, and fear.

Job performance is reduced. Communication changes, in it the imprint of the most adverse emotions navigates, such as sadness, anger, fear, nervousness, etc. All this causes the way of addressing others to vary;  we are less patient and what is worse, sometimes there arises the prick of mistrust or that exhaustion of someone who is no longer even capable of understanding others.

However, yes, the way in which anxiety affects relationships in our environment will always depend on the degree to which the person is.

We can all suffer stress at a certain time, feel more anxious than normal on specific days. Now, there are those who unknowingly drag a generalized anxiety disorder or other disorders in which anxiety is present for years.

Aspects that we must know

Anxiety affects the quality of our relationships, and it can do so in many ways. Each case is unique and each experience exceptional, but there are always a series of patterns that repeat themselves.

There are people who take many years to receive a diagnosis , which causes them to build, for example, affective relationships where unhappiness is always breathed.

In other cases, the partner is aware that something is happening . There is a sudden change in behavior, communication, and even health or lifestyle. In these latter situations, it is easier to identify the problem and it is also a time when the greatest possible support is needed.

Anxiety can generate affective dependence

This information is important. One way anxiety affects the quality of our relationships is by building dependency-based bonds . This is common in patients with generalized anxiety disorder. Let's see the behavioral and psychological patterns that define them:

  1. People with GAD (generalized anxiety disorder) have a very strong need for closeness . They seek to continually obtain affection, security and calm. This causes them to build very codependent bonds in which, sadly, they never feel satisfied. Their partners cannot meet all their needs and this generates more frustration, more anxiety.
     
  2. These people are characterized by overthinking. They visualize the most adverse possibilities in each situation, such as being deceived, not being loved for behaving in this or that way, etc.
     
  3. What they fear the most is being rejected and they need immediate reinforcement in their needs. That is, if they send a message to their partner, they expect an instant response. If they make a request, if they communicate or ask for something, they expect to be attended to immediately. If this does not happen, the shadow of mistrust and the ghost of fear arises.

To conclude, as we can see, anxiety affects the quality of our relationships. The same is true for other conditions, such as depression or any other type of mental illness.

In these circumstances, the most necessary thing in all cases is understanding, closeness  and that stainless support where to convince the affected person to request specialized help. Thanks to the technological advancement in neurosciences, a non medicine treatment & therapy for depression is possible.

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