Advice On How To Help Your Friend With Anxiety

Having supportive people in their lives can really make all the difference for people who suffer from generalized anxiety disorder. Sure, there’s medication and therapy to help, but nothing is more important than knowing they have people who care and are there for them.

Knowing what to say or do to help someone you love with their anxiety can be hard. That’s why we lay out some necessary information on how to do just that. Here are a few guidelines to get you started.


Be Supportive

Sometimes it can feel like people are overreacting especially if they have anxiety. Try to be patient and remember that they have irrational fears and know that they are irrational already. Trying to brush off their concerns and say that it’s no big deal doesn’t really help, they already know that.

Instead, do your best to be supportive. You can try to provide suggestions or ideas for them to help deal with it, but mostly they need to overcome their problems on their own. This means sitting back and letting them know you’re there without intervening and making them feel like you’re trying to take control.


Educate Yourself

Take a quick stroll down Google Road and familiarize yourself with the symptoms of Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Even a cursory glance can bring a wealth of information. You don’t have to know every last detail, just try and understand it a bit.

The more knowledge you have, the better able you are to expect and handle reactions or situations.


Help Them Find Treatment

Having anxiety can make people put off getting the help they need. Maybe they’re anxious about talking to a doctor or being laughed at, or perhaps they are afraid nothing will help. If you can help your friend find a treatment or motivate them to get the help that can really make a difference.

Of course, don’t become too invested. If your friend wants help then ultimately they’ll get it. You can’t convince someone who doesn’t want to be confident. And it’s not your choice to make sadly. It could damage your friendship if you push too hard.

This just jumps back to the beginning: support them. Of course, if they won’t help themselves, then it just isn’t your place or business to be around them, which moves us to the next guideline.


Get Help For Yourself Too

Being a friend of someone with a generalized anxiety disorder can be difficult and stressful. You are amazing to be sticking around and doing everything you can, but remember that your needs are just as important.

It can be too easy to become worn out or frustrated trying to understand and help your friend. Make sure you have support also in the form of friends, family, or a therapist. That way you have someone to talk to and can focus on yourself now and again.

You need that sounding board to let you know if you’ve become too involved and need to take a step back.