Anxiety Tip #2: Support

Support is something else that has helped me manage my anxiety. This support can come from obvious sources such as family and friends. Or the support can be created through interaction with a community or through visiting a psychotherapist, counselor, or psychiatrist. A community can be a church group, support group, special interest group, hobby club, sports club, school organization, or online community. It’s also a good idea to have more than one source of support in case one source is not available. If you have social anxiety, you may want to start with one small group or person. If your anxiety gets too high, don’t give up trying to join a group or talking with someone. Retreat if you have to until your anxiety goes down and try again. Ask for help from a psychotherapist or counselor if it is difficult for you. They can help you set up a schedule to slowly approach the social situation. If the anxiety is still too high, you may need medication from a psychiatrist. Remember quiet alone time is good, but when you isolate yourself too much you risk losing perspective and seeing your world as being worse than it really is.

About Claudia

Hi!! My name is Claudia. Blogging is sort of a creative/therapeutic activity for me. I blog about being a wife, mother, student, caseworker, and simply being human through photography, words, music, and blog challenges. Mental illness has also been part of my life, so you'll sometimes find mental health and psychology in my posts. I've dealt with anxiety and depression most of my life. And my husband has bipolar disorder. My hope is that I may show readers that it is possible for people to live positive, productive lives despite mental illness, challenges, or frustrations. View all posts by Claudia

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  • Anonymous

    Living with a bi-polar person is difficult. Living with a bi-polar son who is suicidal and polysubstance addicted is like living on a thin glass floor. You wonder when it will crack and where you will land when it does. After his last failed suicide attempt, (his 5th) people came up to him, hugged him and told him they are glad he is still here. I cannot do this. All feelling I have for him is dead.


    • Claudia

      It was difficult reading your comment. But I can imagine that my difficulty reading the comment is nothing compared to what you have gone through. Your experience with your son reminds me that not a single case of bipolar is the the same. So many factors can contribute to recovery or lack of recovery. My husband has only had a tobacco smoking addiction with cigarettes which help him with his anxiety, but he has never done any other substances. I’m guessing that your son’s refusal to stop abusing the several substances he is addicted to is keeping him from getting any better. I’m sad to read that you have literally given up on him; however, I really don’t blame you. I cannot imagine putting forth all my energy on someone and getting little to no result. That has to make anyone feel helpless and pessimistic. Seems like you have done alot for son. Have you found help for you? Maybe some counseling or other help for your feelings, stresses, or illnesses associated with you dealing with your son’s situation. I hope you find some peace; at least with yourself and your higher power (if you are into that). You’ re welcome to come back and comment anytime. – Claudia


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