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TurtleDove08 04-05-2017 05:48 AM

Marraige and anxiety
Hi all, Im new and hope for at least a little advice. living with anxiety in a marriage is difficult on the marriage and I really don't want it to break us apart.

I'll get to the question but a bit of a story first. I have had anxiety my entire life. I do not remember a time that I wasn't afraid. two years ago I went for help and was diagnosed with GAD and panic disorder. it has been a struggle getting it under control. during this time there has been a lot of upheaval in my life and that has not helped. but Im on medication and really trying to get better.

Last week I lost my job. My anxiety was crazy for about three days and I think I had a mini meltdown, it was pretty bad. it really scared my husband. Im feeling better now, I will make it through this too, but this leads me to the problem. ever since my official diagnosis, my husband treats me like im a bomb ready to explode. he seems to believe that every question is asked because im anxious. By him acting like Im not well, it makes me not feel well. this is not helping me at all. how do I convince him that my anxiety is not running my life?

Dragonfly Wings 04-05-2017 12:17 PM

Re: Marraige and anxiety
Big welcome hugs to you TurtleDove08,

Sorry to hear things aren't going so well with your husband, is there you can both go to the therapist together so he can be better educated about what is happening with you and how anxiety actually "works" for lack of a better term? If this is not a possibility, perhaps a book could be of benefit for him? Education really is the key to a healthy marriage when one partner suffers any type of illness.

My husband has spent time with MH workers and a lot of time reading online about my MH issues over the years and it made a huge difference compared to when he really didn't understand.

I hope this helps!

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