26 Things People With Anxiety Want Their Friends to Know

Anxiety is a condition that plagues many people; some visit medical professionals on a regular basis, while others are afraid to take that route just yet. Still though, most of us with anxiety share a similar hope: that our friends can more fully understand us.

1. We sometimes have to make accommodations for our medications.

While hanging out at happy hour after work seems like a great deal of fun, people who are taking medications for anxiety often can’t drink. Even if we would like to go out, we may sit and sip a soda, and we would like to do so without being asked why we are not having an alcoholic drink every time a new colleague comes into the bar.

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2. Intense social situations can fill us with a great deal of trepidation.

Some of us have anxiety about meeting new people for the first time, but we may also fear social settings in general. A crowded bar or concert with loud noise and music can make us feel as though we are trapped, and we may soon begin to experience both claustrophobia and an anxiety attack at the same time. Not exactly a fun night out.

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3. Our anxiety may be related to another condition, but that’s not necessarily true.

Some people automatically assume that individuals with anxiety also experience panic attacks on a regular basis or that they are currently going through depression too. While those disorders are related, they don’t always exist alongside one another. Just because you have a cough, for example, doesn’t mean you automatically have bronchitis.

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