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The Guide To Telling Your Friends You Have Anxiety

As hard as anxiety disorders are, it may be even harder to go through them alone. Friends can provide the emotional support that is needed if you suffer from an anxiety disorder. However, the thought of telling them about anxiety can cause even more anxiety. It is good to make sure you only tell a few trusted friends. Let's learn how to tell your friends so you receive the right support.


Make A List Of The People You Want To Tell 

This is a really important step as you carefully need to decide who to tell about your anxiety disorder. Ask yourself how it would benefit you by telling this person. A few things to keep in mind when choosing people include 

1) Is this person supportive?
2) Have they helped me before when I needed help?
3) Do you just want this person to know about your anxiety or do you need support from them? 

After the list is complete, go over it once again, debating the pros and cons. If there is no one that you feel comfortable with, think about telling your family, and follow similar steps. 

Tell Yourself That You Are Not Bothering Your Friends

Assure yourself that you will not be bothering anyone at all if you tell someone about your anxiety disorder. Honesty is the best policy and you might feel like you are hiding something if you choose not to tell your friends. Your friends care about you and want the best for you. Your friends probably come to you with their issues and problems, so you should be able to do the same. Mental problems are just as, if not more important than physical problems, so do not hesitate.


Explain The Difference Between Normal Anxiety and Anxiety Disorders

It is really important that your friends understand that you do not feel the same anxiety they might feel before they take a test. This is different. Try to explain this the best you can. An example of something you might say is "My anxiety feels different from what you feel during a presentation or test, it is way worse and happens with the tiniest of things". If at first your friends equate your anxiety to their anxious moments, it does not mean they do not understand. People who do not have anxiety may find it harder to understand the type of anxiety disorder you have. 

Teach Your Friends What To Do If You Have An Anxiety Attack

It is really important that your friends understand what to do when you have an anxiety attack. Explaining what calms you down is really important. You may ask them to talk to you, comfort you and not bring up the thing that causes your anxiety attack. Teach them to remain calm if you have an anxiety attack and not panic or hype you up.

Following these steps should help you get an understanding that even though it is hard to deal with an anxiety disorder, or any mental issue, it is harder to get through it alone. Getting a few trustworthy friends to help you deal with your anxiety and support you during an anxiety attack is a good way to get some help. Do you have any questions? Write them in the comments. Good Luck!

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