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How do you support your spouse who suffers from GAD

Hi everyone, Just joined as my spouse has recently been diagnosed with G.A.D. It's becoming more and more severe and focuses mainly around his career and also our relationship. Is there anyone out there that knows of any good support groups for spouses in the NYC area? Or that has any suggestions based on experience. I want to find the best way to love and support him and to not take it personally. Thank you so much in advance. Best, LB79
Category: G.A.D 3 years ago
LB79
Asked 3 years ago

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Hi! In my opinion, one of the most important things is to try and understand. No matter how hard that may be, just showing that you care, and are really putting in the effort to try and understand their worries should help! I think it's wonderful that you're trying to support your spouse :)
dreamweaverheart
Answered 3 years ago
dreamweaverheart

Speaking from the perspective of a man who lost his marriage because of GAD, I can say that if you genuinely love this person you WILL take it personally-its impossible not to. The best things you can do are to learn about the condition as much as you can, give yourself personal time to avoid the "caregiver breakdown" feelings, and see if its possible to try some therapeutic practices as a couple-everyone can benefit from it whether you have the disorder or not. IMHO, the thing that was the greatest challenge( and what really strained my marriage to the breaking point) is the way GAD can undermine a persons confidence to the point that they feel they cannot trust their own selves; it tore away at my friendship first, and everything else followed. If you can check out a good therapist trained in CBT, it is well worth it, and meds may be a viable option too. I wish you the best.
JHB1
Answered 3 years ago
JHB1

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