Humans have a natural desire to want to help family members or loved ones who are going through a difficult time. You may be in one such situation with a friend who has anxiety, depression, or another mental health issue. There are some definite ways that you can be very supportive and helpful, but first, a caveat. Your natural inclination to reassure them and provide every possible assistance may not always be the right course of action. You might end up doing more harm than good with constant reassurances and never-ending offers of help. Even worse, when all this well-meaning support doesn’t produce any positive results, you might become frustrated and worn out.
Therefore, this article is a balanced discussion of some tactics which can be helpful to a friend or loved one suffering from an anxiety disorder, without reaching that point of diminishing return.
What is an anxiety disorder?
People with anxiety disorders frequently experience panic, fear, and other physical and mental symptoms as responses to certain situations. Some of the physical symptoms of anxiety attacks can be nearly indistinguishable from serious physical ailments like heart attacks.