This article is for those trying to help someone who is experiencing, or dealing with, anxiety on a daily basis. How you provide support to them may help them to control their anxiety to some degree.
First thing’s first.
NEVER belittle or try to downplay someone’s anxiety disorder. This is a REAL disorder and should be respected as such. Don’t just dismiss their episode as a one time event, or try and ‘solve’ their problem through rationalization.
You have to understand that when a person is actually going through an anxiety attack rationality is not something they are concentrating on. Or listening to.
This is an extremely frightening experience and no matter how much you’d want to, you CANNOT MAKE THIS EXPERIENCE GO AWAY. Only the individual who is having the attack has the power to do this. Not YOU.
The absolute worst thing you can do is to act as if they are making it up to get attention. This is simply not the case. While you may believe this to be true because you have never yourself experienced the sheer terror of an anxiety attack, that doesn’t mean that it isn’t happening to someone you care about.
Imagine for a second that you had witnessed a “physical” accident that your loved one or dear friend was involved in. Something you could see the outcome from.
What if they were trapped inside a car that was on fire? What if they were trapped underwater and were drowning? You would want to aid them, wouldn’t you?
What if they had stopped breathing?
Wouldn’t you do everything in your power to help them?
While the above examples are extreme, sometimes, to an anxiety sufferer, it absolutely feels like the end of their world. As if they are drowning in a sea of fear, unable to pull themselves out.
Also, by ignoring the anxiety attack, you are probably contributing to another disorder that goes hand in hand with anxiety. Depression.
Instead of standing around, try helping them the next time they have an attack. How can you do that?
Just BE there for them. Let them know that while you may not understand what they are going through, you are there for them and will stay until they feel better.
Do NOT try and force someone out of an anxiety attack. It could make the attack that much worse for them. Just let the attack happen naturally, and in most, if not all, cases, their bodies will help them come out of the panic zone all on it’s own.
If it doesn’t, get them to the nearest emergency room as soon as you can. Or call an emergency squad to take them.
Also, NEVER try to give someone suffering from an anxiety attack any type of prescription drugs that have not been prescribed by their family physician.
Seems like common sense, because when you see a loved one going through such a painful event, you really want to help them.
Believe me, THIS WILL NOT HELP THEM.
Getting them to a professional source, such as an emergency room or their own family physician, for help WILL.
Where To Get Help For Your Anxiety?
If you have exhausted all your attempts to overcome anxiety on your own, there is still help for you. The best course of action for you at this point is to seek out professional help through your family physician. He will advise you what help is available for your anxiety problem.
He may arrange for you to get help for your anxiety through your local area mental health facilities. These are equipped to deal with many different mental health disorders and illnesses, one of which is anxiety and panic disorder.
Never think that you are the only one going through this.
There are millions of other people struggling with anxiety just as you are every single day. And there are many support groups and counseling services you can turn to for help.
There are many self-help programs available that will show you how to control your anxiety and/or panic attacks. If you think about it, the solution to your anxiety problems is in your own hands and these programs will show you the most effective ways to stop your feelings of anxiety.
They are not free but they aren’t too expensive either considering what they can do for you. Moreover, they do come with a money-back guarantee if you find they don’t work for you.
One of the best, which has helped many people, is Panic Away by Joe Barry.
Joe knows all about anxiety and panic attacks because he is an ex-sufferer himself. He
has finally cured his anxiety and panic attacks using his own techniques.
He has many testimonials from former sufferers who have been helped by his methods too. You can find out more about Joe’s Panic Away by clicking on the link below.
Yet another well-known treatment that has succeeded in helping thousands of people to stop anxiety and panic attacks is The Linden Method.
Overview of the Linden Method
The Linden Method is a highly successful anxiety treatment program that shows you some simple but effective techniques that can eliminate your Anxiety and Panic Attacks permanently.
Created by Charles Linden, an ex-anxiety and panic attack sufferer who understands completely how you feel and knows EXACTLY what to do about it.
Some of the highlights of The Linden Method:
- How to eliminate panic attacks.
- How to cure your insomnia.
- How to overcome agoraphobia.
- How to stop negative thoughts.
- The truth about anxiety medication.
- How changing your diet will help you feel better.
- FREE, UNLIMITED help and advice by email for 1 year. If you need help or advice about your anxiety disorder, panic disorder, phobias or panic attacks as you follow the Linden Method… just email them.
In addition, some Linden Method users who suffer from depression have found that they benefit greatly from it and learn techniques that reduce their depressive symptoms very effectively.
The program is available instantly via download, and contains many extra resources including video and audio guides, and information on how nutrition affects your attacks
Well, you have made it to the end of this article and hopefully you are coming away with more helpful information that when you began reading.
I will leave you with a few more words of encouragement.
If you suffer from anxiety, I commend you for being strong enough to learn more about what it is, what you can expect, some steps you can take to get your anxiety under control, and last but not least, finding someone that can understand what you are going through and know that you are not alone in your fight.
You can get help and you shouldn’t feel stupid or embarrassed for doing so. You are a just a normal person that happens to suffer from an anxiety disorder.
You deserve to be as happy and comfortable with your life as anyone else!
If you are on the other side of the fence, and you are living with, care about someone with, or know someone with anxiety, I hope you now have a better understanding of what that person faces on a daily basis and how you can help them get through the tough times.
Whether you are someone battling with anxiety or someone who is helping an anxiety sufferer, I wish you all the best life can give to you. You are a wonderful person for taking steps to educate yourself on this serious illness. Congratulate yourself for a job well done!
NEVER BE EMBARRASSED TO ASK FOR HELP WHEN YOU NEED IT.