Like many disorders, anxiety has been rendered largely misunderstood due to a strange desire people have to stereotype human conditions.
Anxiety isn’t all just about freaking out and never leaving your home. Many people with anxiety keep it hidden because they fear their illness’s discovery by others. These are things you need to remember if you love someone with anxiety!
1. They’re cool as heck.
People with anxiety are still people, just like you and me. They’re still pretty awesome people. No need to treat them any differently.
2. It’s not a limitation.
Their anxiety isn’t necessarily ideal, but it’s also not to be seen as a limitation.
3. Sometimes they flee.
Like introverts, there are times that people with anxiety need to flee from you and the world as a whole. They need time to recharge and center themselves.
4. Sometimes they ignore you.
But don’t take it personally. People with anxiety aren’t always up for interacting with you or anyone else. They need their alone time to deal.
5. Change can be hard.
Any change, big or small, can be difficult for a person with anxiety to manage.
If you’re going through a large change, like a move for example, be conscious of the fact that it may effect the person you love with anxiety in some profound and sometimes undetectable ways.
6. Your companionship is important.
They may not always be social butterflies and they may need time away from you, but your companionship is important to them. However…
7. They don’t need you to worry if they’re panicking.
While you’re companionship is important, they don’t need your worry. Chances are, the person you love with anxiety has found ways to cope on their own, and it probably doesn’t involve you fretting over them.
8. They know their anxiety is sometimes irrational.
But it doesn’t make it any less real. They definitely don’t need you to tell them that they’re getting worked up over nothing. They probably know.
9. They get overwhelmed easily.
So when the person you love with anxiety needs to withdraw, let them. It’ll only be temporary.
10. They’re more than the sum of their anxiety.
It’s important to remember that you don’t love an anxious person, you love someone with anxiety. They’re more than their anxiety.
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