Anxiety Disorder Overview:
Anxiety disorder isn’t an easy thing to live with. Some people tend to think it’s something they can just rationalize through. That when they lose their phones, they don’t have racing thoughts thinking the world is going to end. Sure, people with anxiety disorder know it’s not going to end, but the feeling is still there.
For an example: I’ve lost my phone. What if I don’t find it? What if something happens but I can’t answer it right now? What if someone I know is hurt and needs help? What if it’s my mom that’s hurt? What if she needs me to get her to the hospital? I lost my phone and my mother’s going to die from it!
People With Anxiety Disorder Know How Crazy It Sounds
Yes, we know how crazy it sounds, but for those of us with anxiety disorder this is how the thought process might go. It’s that alarm in your head that everyone has that goes off when you’re in danger or there’s something scary. When you have anxiety disorder, that alarm is broken. It just goes off.
Some might have an anxiety disorder that’s very specific such as social anxiety. Some have a more general anxiety disorder, in which anything that can go wrong will. It’s all a bit exhaustive, and no one exact thing is always the trigger.
So, let’s talk about what you shouldn’t say to someone with an anxiety disorder. First, never discuss it with a third party unless you’ve been told you could. It’s none of their business. They didn’t tell the whole world, they told you. Unless you’re telling someone who will keep it secret, aka a therapist, a lawyer, or Batman, you don’t tell anyone without permission. That’s trust and respect.
5 Things You Don’t Say To Someone With An Anxiety Disorder:
“I’m Stressed Out Too”
No, not like this you’re not. When you’re stressed out it’s from an outside source that you can usually change, control, or ignore. This feeling will go away over time for those reasons. Ours is from the anxiety disorder in ourselves. It feels like it will never go away, and now you’re making it worse by upsetting us. Just don’t say anything unless we bring it up. Don’t worry, it more than likely was nothing you did first.
“Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff”
This is the thing; nothing is small stuff with anxiety disorder. At least, the things that would be small stuff to you. So, don’t try telling us to just suck it up. Instead, try encouragement. That I have overcome this problem before, and I will do it again.
Trust us, we would if we could. It’s not that easy though. How about instead of telling us to calm down, suggest an activity to take our minds off of it. Maybe a walk or something spontaneous. It’ll help occupy our minds while using all that energy from the panic we just felt. Some people may want to just chill though, and that’s ok too. Just let them deal the way that works for them.
“Others Have It Worse Than You”
Even though I am technically alive, breathing, have fresh water and food, and things are good doesn’t mean my anxiety disorder has just disappeared. Stop trying to guilt the mental illness out of me. It’s a disease. You don’t walk up to cancer patients telling them that others have it worse than them.
“Just Do It”
If we have anxiety disorder and feel anxious about something, telling us to just do it doesn’t help. It actually builds up the anxiety more and makes us feel like we need to get defensive. There is no just brushing these feelings off. Instead, just let us calm down to the situation, and if we feel like it we will do it on our own terms.
If you are experiencing anxiety disorder and need help, please contact us. We’re here to help you with anything you need. Our qualified staff is ready to assist you in your wellness.
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