Living with an anxiety disorder can be a difficult and distressing experience. Depending upon the specific type of anxiety disorder that a person has developed, the life-altering symptoms may preclude or significantly decrease his or her ability to participate in a wide range of activities. Individuals who are dealing with anxiety disorders may become overwhelmed by worry or fear to the point that they are incapable of attending social gatherings, meeting new people, communicating with others, or even leaving their houses. Unfortunately, the sense of hopelessness and helplessness that often accompanies an anxiety disorder can also reduce the likelihood that the afflicted individual will seek the treatment that can greatly improve his or her quality of life.
At Southcoast Behavioral Health, we recognize the degree to which anxiety disorders can disrupt sufferers’ lives, and we have developed highly effective programming that can help them overcome their symptoms and achieve healthier, happier, and more satisfying futures.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Watching a loved one deal with the effects of an anxiety disorder can be a painful experience. Regardless of how loving and supportive you are, you know that you cannot provide the solutions that he or she needs. However, you can play an essential role in putting your loved one on the path to a healthier future. Please consider the following:
- As is often the case when dealing with a significant challenge, education is an excellent starting point. Learning as much as you can about the type of anxiety disorder that your loved one is dealing with will prepare you to provide meaningful support.
- Research the types of treatment that have helped others who were experiencing challenges similar to what your loved one is dealing with, and identify programs that appear to be best suited to meeting his or her specific needs.
- Have an open and honest conversation with your loved one. Discuss your concerns, express your support, and share what you have learned. Most importantly, listen to your loved one, be prepared for pushback, and do not let what should be a productive discussion devolve into an argument.
- Offer practical and tangible support. Help to make appointments. Provide transportation. Provide childcare. Do whatever you can to simplify your loved one’s life so that he or she can focus on getting into treatment.
The most important thing you can do is to be a consistent, active, and positive presence in your loved one’s life before, during, and after he or she is in treatment. Residential care is just one step on the long path of recovery. Plan to be at your loved one’s side every step of the way.
Why Consider Treatment at Southcoast Behavioral Health
Individuals who are dealing with untreated anxiety disorders are at great risk for experiencing a wide range of unpleasant consequences and negative long-term outcomes. Completing one’s education, acquiring and maintaining employment, and achieving a healthy level of self-sufficiency can all be undermined by untreated anxiety disorders. The continued psychological pain of an untreated anxiety disorder can lead to diminished self-esteem, social withdrawal or ostracization, self-harm, and even suicidal ideation. If the afflicted individual attempts to self-medicate or numb himself or herself via substance abuse, this can both exacerbate the existing symptoms and expose the individual to a myriad of new forms of physical, emotional, and spiritual damage. Effective professional care can remove the individual from immediate danger, stop the ongoing damage, and set a course for a healthier and more promising tomorrow.