SUN Behavioral Houston, based in Houston, Texas, has announced that they have recently published a blog post that offers guidance to people who are dating someone with general anxiety disorder (GAD). The article recommends having an open discussion about a partner’s GAD as this can be helpful and increases the chance of the couple having a healthy relationship. It is important to differentiate between anxiety and GAD, which is a complex combination of symptoms affecting the person both psychologically and physically.
GAD is characterized by excessive anxiety and worry, and difficulty in controlling those feelings. These symptoms are experienced for at least six months, along with three or more of the following symptoms: tiring easily, restlessness, muscle tension, irritability due to inability to focus, anxiety for no known reason, disturbed sleep, and anxiety that affectsschool or work.
There are a number of ways to help a partner manage GAD. First, it is a good idea to get help from a healthcare professional as early as possible when the symptoms are present and are persistent. Second, it also advisable to avoid caffeine and other stimulants like alcohol or nicotine. Third, having a journal to jot down events and feelings on a daily basis can help the partner to understand how situations are handled and better communicate with consistent health check-ins. Fourth, it is also recommended to follow a healthy lifestyle with proper nutrition, exercise, and taking part in enjoyable activities. And fifth, medication and therapy can be used to stabilize mood if the symptoms have become difficult to manage.
For two people who are dating where one partner has GAD, there are a number of factors to consider to ensure a healthy relationship. First is the importance of communication. The one with GAD should learn to speak up and communicate how he or she is feeling so that the other partner can learn to understand what is really behind some of his or her partner’s actions. The partner without GAD should learn to understand GAD but he or she should not attempt to fix the problem.
The second important factor is understanding what GAD is really about. This includes being familiar with its symptoms so that both of them can learn to live with the symptoms in a positive way. And lastly, getting the help of a professional therapist or mental health professional is vital and one partner should not attempt to act as the therapist. And the one with GAD should not expect his or her partner to be always understanding and walk on eggshells for fear of exacerbating the partner’s symptoms.
At SUN Behavioral Houston, they provide a caring and healing environment and their licensed professionals will be there every step of the journey to recovery. The treatment program that they offer uses evidence-based practices that have been found to be effective in treating anxiety and mood disorders. Such a program uses a combination of psychopharmacology and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and other evidence-based interventions.
The treatment team at SUN Behavioral Houston will be working with the patient to find out which of the medication treatments may be appropriate in managing the symptoms. Meanwhile, CBT is currently the best therapy-based treatment that can teach patients how to accomplish their goals and comply with their needs. It works by altering feelings, thoughts, actions, and core beliefs that are the cause of the problems. It helps in determining those negative thoughts that may be contributing to anxiety and the patient’s response in those situations that can exacerbate the feeling of anxiety.
The team at SUN Behavioral Houston will teach the patient strength-based tools that can help in counteracting anxious thoughts. These treatments are provided in a trauma-informed care environment with the core principles of trustworthiness, empowerment, safety, choice, and collaboration driving all interactions.
People interested in learning more about anxiety treatment may want to check out the SUN Behavioral Houston website, or contact them via phone or email. They can be contacted 24 hours a day, any day of the week.
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