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GregM
August 8th, 2014, 01:46 PM
So, my friend is fifteen. She's my best friend, and she really means a lot to me because she helped me through a lot.

Recently, she's been having really bad anxiety, which she's always struggled with. She has a lot of panic attacks and such, and I'm really not sure how to help. I'm afraid that if I take the wrong approach, I'll only make the problem worse.

Help?

ImCoolBeans
August 13th, 2014, 09:45 PM
You should offer her your support and let her know that you're there for her as a friend. Showing support and being nonjudgemental will give her a lot of comfort, but unfortunately there isn't a lot that can be done to help out a friend who is having anxiety. The best thing you can do is to keep her mind on other, more positive things, and being a good friend to her.

ksdnfkfr
August 13th, 2014, 10:16 PM
What Mike said.

For me when am having a panic attack it's like when I'm really nauseous, don't want anybody talking to me or touching me. A glass of ice cold water helps me though.

Melodic
August 13th, 2014, 11:52 PM
I have really bad anxiety, and I knew I would have friends here and there that would get really mad at me for freaking out over little things that made no sense. All you need to do is be there for her, comfort her when she has panic attacks, make sure to have it in your head things won't always go as planned because of those attacks.

Body odah Man
August 15th, 2014, 05:53 AM
Girl I care for has the same problem. Thanks, you guys, for posting some possible solutions.

CosmicNoodle
August 15th, 2014, 07:19 AM
You should offer her your support and let her know that you're there for her as a friend. Showing support and being nonjudgemental will give her a lot of comfort, but unfortunately there isn't a lot that can be done to help out a friend who is having anxiety. The best thing you can do is to keep her mind on other, more positive things, and being a good friend to her.

Yep, you can't do much appart from just be there.

slopestyle
September 18th, 2014, 11:57 PM
You should offer her your support and let her know that you're there for her as a friend. Showing support and being nonjudgemental will give her a lot of comfort, but unfortunately there isn't a lot that can be done to help out a friend who is having anxiety. The best thing you can do is to keep her mind on other, more positive things, and being a good friend to her.

I have really bad anxiety, and I knew I would have friends here and there that would get really mad at me for freaking out over little things that made no sense. All you need to do is be there for her, comfort her when she has panic attacks, make sure to have it in your head things won't always go as planned because of those attacks.
Both of these ^^^

Just be as supportive and understanding and positive as possible when her anxiety is bad or panic attacks strike. Let her know everything is going to be ok, and reassure her that nothing is going to happen. Hold her hand(s), hug her, walk with her, talk to her, anything of this sort. Understand how incredibly difficult it will most likely be for her to calm down and for the length of time it could take- it could be a few minutes or an hour or more. Any positive mental distractions you can give her should help. Having someone who understands what you're going through or is at least very supportive of your anxiety issues is a such a tremendous help for those who suffer from it. Your concern and willingness to help your friend is awesome and I commend you for that :)