The Truth Behind Anxiety and How it Affects Relationships

A2FB56E11CD1397536CC4597E1_h351_w526_m2_bblack_q99_p99_cUlmDjmhLPeople tend to think anxiety and panic attacks fall into the same category as a little stress or worry, but most people suffering from anxiety or panic attacks recognize the severe distinctions. Anxiety manifests in many different ways, affecting almost every facet of life, including physical and mental burdens, relationships, and overall satisfaction or purpose in life.

Understanding anxiety

Anxiety can occur for a long time before an individual recognizes signs or symptoms. If it is not dealt with, it can become apparent in the form of physical, psychological, and behavioral changes.

Physical changes: Different people experience varying levels of anxiety, therefore leading to varying physical ailments. Some common bodily changes include increased breathing rate, heightened blood pressure, sweating, and digestive symptoms. The physical manifestations of anxiety vary from person to person.

Psychological changes: Anxiety also takes a toll on the mental state of people of all different ages, causing those who suffer to become more focused and more directed toward problem-solving. Psychological conflicts can sometimes become apparent, making relationships and stability difficult to maintain.

Behavioral changes: Many people suffering from anxiety disorders and panic attacks demonstrate changing behavioral conditions, sometimes associated with bursts of energy or irrational behavior due to negative thinking patterns.

The following are emotional or mental signs that you or someone you love is suffering from anxiety:

  • Constant state of fear or apprehension
  • Feelings of dread that arise without known triggers
  • Issues with concentration
  • Inner tension or nervousness
  • Constantly “on-edge”
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Sudden feelings of panic
  • Fear of losing control; feelings of detachment

Physical symptoms of anxiety include:

  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Excessive sweating
  • Stomach cramps
  • Dizziness
  • Frequent urination or diarrhea
  • Shortness of breath
  • Lightheadedness
  • Muscle tension
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Insomnia
  • Tremors and twitches

Anxiety and relationships

Due to constant worry and the avoidance of various situations, people suffering from anxiety generally express the difficulty they experience on a day-to-day basis within their relationships. A survey completed by ADAA with more than 1,000 people with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), indicated that romantic relationships are greatly impacted by the disorder. According to several anxiety sufferers, their relationships are mostly marked by arguments or neglect of communication, which can lead to a vicious cycle of increased anxiety.

Rather than subjecting your physical, mental, and spiritual state – as well as your relationships – to the harmful effects of anxiety, Safe Harbor Christian Counseling is here to help. Overcoming anxiety requires patience, guidance, and more often than not, professional help. It is important to understand your fight-or-flight stress response, the different forms anxiety can take, how to deal with worrying thoughts, and more if you want to overcome anxiety. Safe Harbor offers Christian counseling services for adults, couples, children, and families. Through a biblical approach, the counselors at Safe Harbor can help you manage your anxiety and get your life – and relationships – on the right track.

For more details on Safe Harbor’s counseling, coaching, and therapy services, visit http://www.safeharbor1.com. Interested individuals are welcome to join in on the faith-based dialogue found on our Facebook page and welcome to follow Safe Harbor Christian Counseling on Twitter.

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About Safe Harbor Christian Counseling

Safe Harbor Christian Counseling serves local communities by providing Christian-based, clinically sound counseling so that people experience the recovery of their hearts. Our unique approach to marriage counseling, family counseling and individual counseling includes offering an inviting atmosphere whereby a healing relationship is experienced in the counseling room. Safe Harbor consists of 7 partners with over 70 counselors trained in the mental health field.
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