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Because the truth is that most people suffering with anxiety don’t receive the right treatment that they need because they are ashamed of their condition. Hindi nila alam kung paano i-deal ang anxiety. ‘Yung iba naman, sinasarili lang ang problema kasi they feel embarrassed to ask for help.

Kaya do not minimize what you have to offer because a little conversation goes a long way.

Here are 5 ways to help someone with anxiety.

  1. Ask what’s wrong.

One way to show that you really care is by simply asking the person kung kumusta na siya.

You’ve already noticed symptoms of anxiety, kaya huwag ka matakot tanungin kung ano ang nararamdaman niya, and kung gaano katagal na niya ito nararamdaman.

Kung magtanong man siya why you’re suddenly asking those questions, maging totoo ka lang at sabihin mo na concerned ka sa kalagayan niya, sabi ‘yan ni Amanda Milligan in her article How to Help Someone With Anxiety in Mental Health First Aid.

Dagdag pang tip, learn how to listen and avoid being judgmental. Remember to not blame the person sa kalagayan niya and assure that help is available.

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  1. When panic attacks occur, protect them.

Panic attacks may look terrifying pero mas lalong lalala kung pati ikaw mag-pa-panic.

Ito sabi ni Misti Nicholson, PsyD, in an article 11 Ways to Help Someone Who Has Anxiety by Karen Pallarito “If you see that your loved one is having another panic attack (and you’ve established that it’s not some other type of medical emergency), help them move to a more private area.”

Why?

Kasi madalas daw na attention from the public can worsen the symptoms of panic lalo na kung may social anxiety ‘yung tao.

Tell the person to “breathe” then model calmness by doing slow, deep breaths, and by slowing down your speech, dagdag ni Margaret Wehrenberg, PsyD.

In that way, mas matutulungan mo siyang kumalma dahil ramdam niyang kalma ka rin.

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  1. Help them get back to reality.

Aminin mo.

Baka isa ka sa mga taong nagsabi na OA or Over Acting sila when dealing with a problem.

But then, you have to understand that people with anxiety have the tendency to exaggerate and jump to worst-possible conclusions.

Instead of judging the person, Wehrenberg said that it’s important na i-explain mo sa kanya what will probably happen or the realistic outcome.

Makakatulong din if you could actually help the person plan for a solution to his or her problems.

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  1. Encourage them to confront his/her fear.

Kung hindi mo pa nababasa, facing your fears is the most effective way to conquer them.

Kaya sabi ng ReachOut.com, “Tell them you believe they can overcome their fears by facing them head-on, and offer to support them while they do so.”

Siyempre, don’t forget to congratulate and celebrate their victories.

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  1. Guide them to other support options.

Encourage him or her to try self-help strategies, belong to a support group, or seek mental health professional.

“The most important thing is that the person knows that there is help available and it’s just about finding what works best for them,” says AnxietyUK.

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