Be a person who someone with anxiety knows they can count on when they’re having problems.
Don’t put off responding to a message.
Nobody is saying that you have to be available all the time, but leaving an anxious person waiting for hours can create way more discomfort for them than just leaving a quick message.
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Ask how you can help during an anxiety attack.
Some people might just need a hug, and others may prefer you give them breathing room. You know how it is: Every person has their own ways, and that's why there's no magic formula and why it's necessary to talk about it. Having that conversation before an anxiety attack is even better.
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Understand that situations that appear simple and easy in your daily life may be tough for someone with anxiety.
Speaking in public, answering the phone, being introduced to someone — even though theses might be a piece of cake for you, they can still be tough for someone else.
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Make concrete plans whenever possible.
Messages like « Let's get together soon! » or « Be there around 8ish » can be especially annoying for someone with anxiety, because things are uncertain or open to interpretation. Making an actual plan and sticking to it is super helpful.
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