4 Things Never to Say or Do When Someone Has Anxiety

3. Don’t say “I’ve got problems, too”

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If someone seems only mildly anxious or has a good sense of humour about their situation, sharing your similar feelings can seem like a great way to ease the tension.

Be careful, however, that you’re not accidentally overriding or dismissing significant anxiety. Saying something like, “I’m worried about my upcoming colonoscopy, too” might seem like the most natural way in the world to support a friend facing a similar experience. But it’s possible that your friend has serious anxiety about medical procedures that interferes with their health.

Focus on them for now, and use your good-listener skills to give empathy. Save your worries for another occasion, or vent to a different friend. Emotional support should definitely go both ways in a relationship, but there’s a wise time and place to share your own troubles. It’s not in the middle of the other person’s panic attack.

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