When one partner suffers from chronic anxiety it can strain the marriage in many ways. One of the dangers for the partner of someone who experiences anxiety, is that they because they hate to see their loved one suffering, they begin to modify their behaviours to help them. For example, if socialising is an anxiety provoking activity, over time the couple may come to socialise less and less and this can be of long term detriment to both people. People who experience anxiety often develop a range of avoidance behaviours, that is they avoid those situations which they believe trigger their anxiety. If their partner buys into this, this actually reinforces a negative coping strategy. Often it can feel like the anxiety is controlling the relationship. You can support your husband by letting him know you love him regardless of his anxiety, but it is not up to you to fix him and it is dangerous if you feel pressured to maintain your positivity and motivation to prop him up. It is important that you care for yourself and that, while you support your husband, he has to take responsibility for his care. Medication is only part of the solution and there are many therapeutic approaches that can help people to manage and reduce their anxiety ie. CBT and Mindfulness therapies which include methods for lowering the bodies physiological arousal and for managing anxiety provoking thinking. Some medicos treat the symptoms with medication but don't do any therapeutic work so if the person stops taking the medication the symptoms return. Depression is a common reaction to chronic anxiety. It is likely your husband could benefit from therapy aimed at helping him to reduce his symptoms. He can do this while taking medication so that he has resources to assist him when he does try to stop medication again. I hope this is helpful
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