How to Help a Friend

If someone close to you has an anxiety disorder, here are some ways you can help:

  • Learn about the disorder. Understanding what your friend or roommate is going through will help you give support, as well as keep your worry under control.

  • Realize and accept stressful periods. Modify your expectations of how your friend should act and be sure to be extra supportive during difficult times.

  • Remember everyone experiences anxiety differently. Be tolerant, supportive and non-judgmental.

  • Be encouraging and don't get discouraged. Give praise for even the smallest accomplishment. Stay positive.

  • Talk to someone. Being supportive all the time is difficult, so make sure you have someone-a roommate, friend, family member or counselor-to support you.