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Things you shouldn't say to an anxious person

Things you shouldn't say to an anxious person

"It's all in your head" 
If someone close to you is suffering, the only advice you should really give is for them to get a diagnostic opinion from a qualified mental health professional.

"Just chill"
No, helpful. Telling someone to calm down just minimizes and delegitimizes what they're going through. Instead, you're just being supportive. Don't offer advice, just listen to what the other person has to say."

"It's not that big of a deal"
Sure, it might not be a big deal to you, but anxiety is a very big deal when you're the one experiencing it. This statement is an example of an opinion and sharing that it can really hurt someone.

"Your life isn't that hard"
It's important to remember that all experiences are subjective and relative. Everyone has different levels of tolerance for distress, and an event that causes one person severe anxiety may minimally affect someone else. And when an anxious person hears that another person is judging them, it can make it worse. many anxiety symptoms.

“Don't stress” 
This statement does not offer any possible solutions. Avoid using statements that may sound judgmental and instead be supportive; make it clear to your friend that you are there for them if they need to talk.

"You can just take a pill"
Some people take medication to manage their anxiety, and some try other methods, such as breathing exercises or exercise. Don't minimize what someone is feeling by thinking a pill can "fix" it. Instead, ask the person how you can help them cope and above all, listen.

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