I first would like to say thank you for allowing me on your forum. I myself do not suffer from anxiety, but my girlfriend does and I know first hand the challenges sufferers face. I commend you all for your courage to be here and talk about it. Which is the main reason I am here.
I'm hoping anyone can offer me some advice on how to help when she's having really bad attacks and going through stretches of worrying about everything. I'm not looking for medical advice per say, but more, what do you expect and need from your spouses, girlfriends, boyfriends, partners, family, etc. What helps? What doesn't? We went through a pretty rough patch where I was becoming frustrated with the constant worry. It took months for me to become sensitive to the fact that she simply cant "just stop worrying". My reactions were making it worse for her.
Since we've openly and honestly talked about it, things have gotten much better. I've come to realize the severity and complexity of what she deals with and since have become much more understanding and sensitive. However there is still gross mis-communication during these attacks/episodes. She says all she needs from me is patience and reassurance, but my attempts fail and always seem to make it worse for her.
So, any advice anyone has in this department would be greatly appreciated. I know I cant solve the problem myself, but I want her to feel supported. I think, that in itself will help tremendously.
Thank you again!