Helping a Loved One With Anxiety

Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center provides care for women and girls who are struggling with anxietyIf you are attempting to help a loved one who is struggling with anxiety, Timberline Knolls delivers compassionate, comprehensive treatment to promote lifelong healing. 

Learn More About Anxiety

Learn how to help a loved one suffering from anxiety

In order to offer the most beneficial support to your loved one, it’s important for you to understand the signs, symptoms, and effects of anxiety. You should also educate yourself about the types and levels of anxiety treatment that have helped other women and girls. Finally, you’ll want to identify the anxiety treatment programs that appear to be the best fit for your loved one.

You have a variety of options when conducting your research. You can visit reputable websites, consult with your family doctor, or reach out to anxiety support groups or other mental health advocacy organizations in your community. Your local library can also be a source of valuable information.

When you’re looking into anxiety treatment options, remember that there’s no such thing as a perfect program for women and girls who are struggling with anxiety. Your goal should be to find the program that best matches your loved one’s needs, personality, and preferences.

Your familiarity with your loved one, combined with the information that you gather about anxiety, treatment options, and promising programs, can help you make a valuable contribution to the effort to get your loved one the treatment she needs.

Talk to Your Loved One

Have an honest discussion with your loved one about anxiety

Once you’ve acquired a fundamental understanding of the risks, challenges, and treatment options for women and girls who are living with anxiety, your next step will be to have a discussion with your loved one.

Depending upon the nature of your relationship, the thought of talking to your loved one about her need for effective anxiety treatment may be intimidating. Don’t let your fear overwhelm your commitment and compassion. Your loved one needs help, and you may be perfectly positioned to provide it.

When you’re preparing for this conversation, keep the following in mind:

This should be a conversation, not a lecture or an argument. Emphasize your love and support. Don’t issue ultimatums or attempt to assign blame.

Your loved one may react with hesitance, resistance, or even anger. Anxiety can have a profoundly negative impact on a person’s thoughts and actions. Prepare for pushback, and don’t let the discussion descend into a dispute.

Prepare for this to be the first of several conversations. You don’t have to convince your loved one to enter a comprehensive anxiety treatment program the first time you talk about the topic. Keep the lines of communication open.

When your loved one is ready to enter treatment for anxiety, offer to do whatever you can to eliminate distractions or obstacles. For example, your loved one may need help with appointments, transportation, or childcare. Your assistance with these issues can make a world of difference.

Should You Stage an Intervention?

Consider an intervention for a loved one who is suffering from anxiety

Ideally, your loved one will acknowledge that she’s been struggling, and will welcome your suggestion that she seek professional treatment for anxiety. At this point, you can share the information you’ve collected, and you can work together to select the anxiety treatment program that’s the best fit for her.

Unfortunately, not every woman or girl who needs professional care for anxiety is open to suggestions about getting treatment. If your loved one is unwilling to consider entering treatment for anxiety, you may want to consider staging an intervention.

The first thing you need to know about effective interventions for someone who is struggling with anxiety is that these events require significant planning and careful preparation.

If your only previous experience with interventions is what you’ve seen on television or in a movie, please know that these occurrences are staged and edited to emphasize drama, comedy, or another entertainment-related angle. Even so-called reality shows do not give you a clear picture of what an effective intervention looks like.

If you’re thinking about staging an intervention for a woman or girl whose life has been impacted by anxiety, you should consult an expert. As with your research, you may want to discuss the matter with a family physician, a local advocacy organization, or one of the treatment programs you’ve been considering. These resources can either provide you with the information you need to stage an effective intervention for someone who has anxiety, or they can refer you to someone who can.

With Help & Planning, You Can Succeed

With your assistance, your loved one can overcome anxiety

When someone you care about is struggling with anxiety, you may experience a wide range of emotions. You may be worried, confused, frustrated, or even angry. Please understand that these are all valid, normal, and understandable feelings.

What’s most important is that you don’t let your negative emotions push you into the mistaken belief that the situation is hopeless, or that you are helpless. No, you cannot cure your loved one’s anxiety. But with your help, she can get the effective professional anxiety treatment that she needs.

In addition to retaining your hope and proceeding in a thoughtful manner, here are a few other thoughts to keep in mind as you help a loved one who has been struggling with anxiety:

Don’t try to do it all alone. Get a small group of trusted family members or friends to help you.

Don’t ignore your own needs. Be sure you’re eating right, getting appropriate amounts of sleep and exercise, and otherwise tending to your physical and mental health. If you’re struggling with the emotional impact of this experience, seek professional treatment for yourself.

Set realistic expectations. Anxiety treatment is the first part of what may be a long process. Don’t expect overnight miracles. Your loved one will have successes and setbacks. Plan to remain a source of love and compassion in the months and years to come.

For more information about helping a woman or girl who needs professional treatment for anxiety, please contact Timberline Knolls. A friendly and knowledgeable member of our team is available to speak with you 24/7. We look forward to answering your questions and helping you determine whether our anxiety treatment program is the perfect place for your loved one.

Going to Timberline Knolls was one of the best decisions I have ever made! I highly recommend you go here for treatment! You will come out knowing how to cope better with life!

– A former resident
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