Huff Post - 5 Of The Most Helpful Things You Can Say To Someone With Anxiety

For those who haven’t been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, it might be difficult to truly comprehend what’s going on inside the mind of the 40 million American adults who live with the condition.

What exactly do you say to a loved one who is feeling extreme stress? How do you make them feel better if you can’t process what’s going on yourself? It may feel like a challenge, but the truth is, anxiety disorders are more relatable than you realize – and there are ways to offer your support, Todd Farchione, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University, tells The Huffington Post.

“These are human emotions that we all experience. It may manifest as a deep fear or some sort of anxiety for some and may manifest for you as something else,” Farchione says. “Fear itself is something we all experience, so when talking to someone with anxiety it’s really all about just connecting with them.”

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