4 Things Never to Say or Do When Someone Has Anxiety

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“It’s not a big deal.” “You’ve got nothing to worry about.” “It’s all in your head.” “Just relax.”

Have people uttered phrases like these when you were anxious or worried about something? Were they helpful?

We didn’t think so.

About one-third of people have had an anxiety disorder at some point. This can include anxiety about a specific situation, such as having a phobia of heights, or anxiety about a lot of things, such as having a generalized anxiety disorder. Some types of anxiety disorders are well-known, like social anxiety disorder—it’s easy to imagine someone who feels pathologically awkward at parties or is deathly afraid of speaking in front of a crowd. You may even be that person!

Talking to someone with anxiety is not as intuitive as you may think!

Read on, because talking to someone with anxiety is not as intuitive as you may think! Let’s take a look at the most common things people say and do (with all the best intentions), why they’re not helpful, and what you can do instead.

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