What are some ways to help someone deal with anxiety? My bf has had anxiety since a young age and is now in his early 20's. He has been on different medications since he was little. He also says he doesn't know what causes his anxiety. I have a feeling a big part of it is his parents and generally not knowing how to deal with stressful situations.
He gets bad anxiety a few times a week and is very upset for hours. I asked if his meds help and he says maybe a little he doesn't really know. He has changed quite a number of times.
I am thinking of a future with this person and am quite hesitant to continue this relationship if he isn't going to be able to deal with the normal stress of life (job, kids, etc.) I don't mean to sound insensitive but I would like an equal partner in life not having to be worried that something will set off anxiety and having to take care of them, at least as often as it is now. It just seems as if he uses it as a crutch a lot of times.
Can you help me better understand anxiety and if there's any hope for him being able to get a better handle of it? If his parents are indeed a trigger then I would assume moving out would greatly help?
Thank you in advance!
Well, I'm sure you already know this, but: Xanax is highly addictive and short-acting and is generally reserved for a few specific circumstances for which a beta blocker is probably better suited. The hospital where my wife works (she's an MD psychiatrist) does not dispense any benzos (Xanax) for any complaints.
A patient with persistent generalized anxiety will typically be stared on an SSRI, SNRI, or buspirone. Although, these drugs are second-line to CBT (which has Level I evidence) and exercise (Level II).