Generalized Anxiety Disorder Can Impact Relationships

In what probably doesn't come as a surprise to many people, a research study published in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology reports that the constant worrying experienced by people who suffer from generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) puts their social relationships at risk.

By looking at people in therapy for GAD, the researchers found that people with the disorder interact with others in one of four distinct styles: intrusive, cold, nonassertive, and exploitative. Depending on the person's style, their worries about family and friends manifest themselves in different ways, from over-nurturing to criticizing to detachment. Lead author Amy Przeworski explains, "The worry may be similar, but the impact of the worry on their interpersonal relationships would be extremely different. This suggests that interpersonal problems and worry may be intertwined."

The worry experienced by people with GAD can be so severe and pervasive that it is hardly surprising that it affects people's social relationships. This study is useful, however, in that it points out certain negative coping methods commonly used by GAD sufferers, and suggests that interpersonal problems should be a target of therapy for GAD. The authors recommend an integrated approach to GAD treatment, combining therapies for worrying and relationship issues.

Photo: Karen Warfel from Pixabay

Anxiety Support Groups

More Articles

The monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) tranylcypromine (brand name: Parnate) is an antidepressant sometimes used for the treatment of anxiety...

Norpramin is a brand name for the pharmaceutical desipramine, a tricyclic antidepressant which operates by inhibiting the reuptake of...

Researchers at the University of Utah's Pain Research Center have released the results of a new study that reinforces the notion that music can...

Acupuncture, a procedure that originated thousands of years ago in China, is becoming an increasingly common choice for treating anxiety and...

Sometimes it seems that life would be easier without emotions. It’s true, we would not have to feel bad if they disappeared, but neither would we...

More Articles

Panic is real, and panic disorder is considered to be an illness. A panic attack is very painful and feelings of depression and helplessness may...

Shortness of breath, rapid and shallow breathing is one of the worst symptoms, I believe, because shortness of breath triggers a response of not...

There are many drugs that are prescribed "off-label" to treat anxiety and other mental health conditions, but what does off-label use actually...

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, or OCD, is a mental disorder in which anxious thoughts repeatedly drive them to compulsive behavior. With Obsessive...

Sinequan, an antidepressant marketed by Pfizer and known generically as doxepin, is most often used to treat depression, anxiety disorders, and...

We all know that bullying and other stressful social situations can have lasting effects on a person, but a new study from New York’s Rockefeller...

When experiencing signs and symptoms of an anxiety disorder, as listed below, it is important to provide your doctor with as many specifics as...

Who we spend our time with is just as important as what we spend our time doing; maintaining close relationships is a necessary and wonderful part...

According to an online poll conducted by the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, over half of women reported increased anxiety or depression...

Over the course of my 14 plus years of having an Anxiety disorder, I have read so much information and learned so many techniques for controlling...

The terms stress and anxiety are used interchangeably by many people, and everyone will experience both at some point in their life. But although...

Your friends and family tell you to relax and lighten up, and that you seem to be silent and sluggish lately. Are they right?. Are you really...

While both men and women can experience anxiety and...

Psychology professionals often recommend their clients adopt a pet as part of their mental health treatment. Or, they might prescribe structured...

Everyone suffers symptoms of anxiety now and then, and for many people anxiety is a chronic problem. But not all who suffer from anxiety...