Hello, friends. In this episode, I take a look at questions focused on the topics of supporting someone who refuses to seek professional help, and dealing with strong emotions relating to the state of the world.
My wife has suffered from anxiety for a long time, and seems to be really bad recently. When I have brought up the topic of seeking professional help, she has made it clear that she does not want to go this route, essentially since she has no hope that her problem could ever be solved. Moreover, just bringing up the topic seems to make her anxiety worse. I want to help her to overcome or live better with her anxiety, but I really don’t know how (I’ve been failing at this for 15+ years).
I’m assuming this may be common. Would you by any chance have already recorded a podcast or written any material on this, to help me help her?
Hey Dr Duff (i remember the episode where someone addressed u as Mr), I love your podcast (only started listening a few weeks ago but made it through quite a few episodes) and think you make really valid points. I have a question that maybe you’ve answered before but I didn’t see it. I have a “perfect” life. Happily married, both of us in high-paying jobs, surrounded by supportive friends and family, a loving weener dog, etc., so I consider myself lucky. But, lately, more often than not I get angry at everything that’s going on in the world. There is a german word that I think best describes what I’m feeling: WELTSCHMERZ (literal translation world-pain). One of the definitions online of it is: “mental depression or apathy caused by comparison of the actual state of the world with an ideal state” I feel like the whole world is going fubar and I can’t isolate myself from it because it’s all around me. Any advice on how to cope with this?
Episode 294 – Related Posts
As well as listening to the podcast, you can also find my thoughts on the questions in written format in these related posts!
Question 1 – My Partner Won’t Seek Professional Help; How Can I Help? – Duff The Psych
Question 2 – What Can I Do When The World Gets Me Down? – Duff The Psych
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