How to Help Someone with Anxiety

Posted on by Annette Vasulka

"Helping someone with anxietycan be intimidating. Often the anxious person feels completely overwhelmed by their anxiety, especially if they experience panic attacks or find themselves gripped by anxious thoughts (e.g., in healthanxiety, where the person has an obsessive fear of having or developing a health problem; or social anxiety, where the person is intensely bothered by thoughts of embarrassing themselves in social situations or being judged and rejected by others).

"If your anxious friend doesn't understand their anxiety yet, they may not be able to give you a clear answer about what you can do to be helpful to them. Use the ideas below as a starting point. The same advice applies whether the anxious person you're trying to help is a friend, your spouse/partner, or another family member. You can always show this article to your anxious friend or loved one and get their feedback on what applies to them and what doesn't."

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