Love, Marriage, and Panic Disorder

How to Keep the Relationship Strong

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Managing life with panic disorder is not always easy. Your symptoms can interfere with many aspects of your life. Panic disorder sufferers often report that their condition has an especially negative impact on their romantic relationships. At times it can be difficult for a partner to understand your struggle. Other times, you may push your partner away when anxiety and other panic-related symptoms become unmanageable.

Whether you are a panic disorder sufferer who is trying to help your partner understand or are in a relationship with a person with panic disorder and doing your best to remain supportive, it is important that you do the work to have a healthy and satisfying relationships. Regardless of your situation, remember that panic disorder sufferers can have successful marriages and long-term partnerships.

Read ahead to learn steps you both can take to keep the relationship strong.

Accept Your Partner

To be a happy and successful couple, both partners need to accept their partners as they are in the present. If you are hoping that your partner with panic disorder were further along in their recovery, you could be sending the message that they are not doing good enough for you. Remember that recovery is a journey and accept your partner where she is at today. Even though you may not be able to fully understand what your partner is going through, accept that her symptoms are real and can be difficult to manage.

The panic disorder sufferer also needs to find acceptance for her partner. Keep in mind that he doesn’t have panic attacks and other panic-related symptoms, so it can be challenging, if not impossible, for him to relate to your experience. Be patient as you explain your condition to him and accept that he may never completely know what it is like to have panic disorder.

Team Up

Panic disorder is best faced together rather than apart. Dealing with panic disorder can be made easier if you and your partner team up to overcome this condition. You may find that you and your partner have a renewed sense of strength when working together to overcome panic disorder. 

Work Alone

Even though it is important that you work as a team, you will both need to do what’s best for yourselves. By taking care of yourselves as individuals, you will be stronger and better prepared to come together as a team. As the partner of someone with panic disorder you will want to avoid caregiver stress by putting time aside to address your own self-care needs.

As a person with panic disorder, you will need to put in the time and effort it takes to better manage your condition. For example, after receiving your diagnosis, you may need to adherer to taking prescribed medication or follow through with therapy. You will need to follow through with your appointments and with tasks you’ll need to complete as part of therapy.

Plus, your partner may feel encouraged when he sees that you are committed to doing the work to manage your condition. 

Get Outside Help

Don’t ever be ashamed to reach out and get some outside help. Couples therapy can be an effective way for you and your partner to learn how to better communicate with each other and get what you each need out of the relationship. A couples counselor can offer a nonbiased approach in assisting you to express and work through your issues and concerns. Getting outside help is not a weakness of your relationship. Rather, it shows the hard work and dedication that you each are willing to put into your relationship. 

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