It is not uncommon for families and friends of those affected by anxiety and depression disorders to spend months, or even years trying to find out exactly what is wrong with their loved one. This inevitably results in a strain being placed on relationships and can, in extreme cases, result in caregivers themselves developing anxiety or depression problems.
Family and friends often want to help, but are unsure as to how to do this and may wonder if they are actually making the problem worse. It is therefore really important for anyone supporting a sufferer to seek appropriate help and support for themselves and also to gain as much information as possible about anxiety and depression and that is where Anxious minds can support you by providing carers and partners group sessions on how to support your loved ones better and look after yourself.
Living with anyone who has an anxiety disorder or depression can take its toll on the entire family; household routines become disrupted, forward planning of events becomes impossible, engagement in social activities is affected and the sufferers problems start to spill over into all aspects of everyday life.
Below is a list of things that we recommend you do if you are a caregiver, and supporting a family member/friend with anxiety or depression: