Try to focus on the person's accomplishments, no matter how small they seem to you.For example, driving across a bridge for the first time can be a big deal for someone with panic disorder. Sometimes even well-intentioned behavior is actually harmful.
Although this study looked at GAD, the findings may also be true of other anxiety disorders.
If you love someone with an anxiety disorder, you've been given a special set of challenges.
Here's a list of things you can do to help you navigate those challenges. Anxiety disorders can be tricky because your partner may "look" perfectly normal at the same time they're telling you they're having a panic attack.
It's natural for you to feel angry or even resentful.
After all, you're missing out on a lot of fun and the company of someone you care about. You could say, "I really want to go to the picnic and I miss your company," or even, "I feel angry and disappointed when I have to go to social events without you." The important thing to remember is to express your own feelings as I-statements ("I feel this", "I wish that") rather than attributing your feelings to the other person's behavior (you make me feel…