As someone who has anxiety, there are things I want my friends and family to know about it. If you don’t have anxiety, it can be hard to understand it sometimes. Here are some things you should know, coming from someone who has it:
If I don’t feel better when you try to help, it’s not your fault.
You may not always be able to understand why I am anxious but it doesn’t make it any less real for me.
I may not have a specific thing I am anxious about.
Sometimes I just want you to be there for me and listen to me, you don’t always have to try to give me answers. I don’t expect you to have all the answers.
It can feel embarrassing at times even though I know I can’t help it.
Sometimes I feel like I’m annoying- reassurance can go a long way.
I fidget when I feel anxious.
If I begin to have an anxiety attack, ask me questions about my surroundings. Making me use my senses and talk about my surroundings can distract me from my anxiety.
I hope you see more than my anxiety.