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Have you noticed someone who may be experiencing any of these symptoms of Anxiety?


─ Avoiding some situations

─ Behaving obsessively or compulsively

─ Showing signs of distress in social situations or phobic behavior


─ Unrealistic or excessive fear and worry (about past and future events)

─ Mind racing or going blank

─ Inability to concentrate or remember normal things

─ Can’t make decisions

─ May be irritable, impatient, angry, confused, restless

─ May be experiencing unusual nervousness, fatigue, sleep disturbance, or vivid dreams

Here’s how to help:

─ Listen and watch for Suicidal thoughts and behaviors

─ Note signs of non-suicidal self-injury

─ Sit down next to the person in a quiet place and take some time to listen in a non-judgmental or directive way. Speak slow, calm, and quietly.

─ Reassure the person (“I will help you” or “I’m here with you.”

─ Treat the person with respect and dignity

─ Offer emotional support and understanding

─ Provide practical help (“Can I call someone for you?” “Would you like a snack or some water?”)

─ Ask the person what normally helps in these situations.

─ Offer credible information

Here’s what to avoid

─ Telling the person to “snap out of it” or minimizing their experience (it’s very real to them)

─ Being sarcastic

─ Becoming over-involved or overprotective

─ Pressuring the person to get back to normal

─ Dismissing the person’s feelings

─ Speaking in a patronizing tone


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