Help A Loved One With Anxiety

Learn about what you can do to help a loved one with anxiety.Learn about what you can do to help a loved one with anxiety.

People who have generalized anxiety disorder worry excessively and uncontrollably about things that can range from global issues to everyday occurrences. If you have a loved one who suffers, it's important to know that family support helps recovery. Some things family members can do to help a loved one diagnosed with an anxiety disorder are:

  • Learn about the disorder.
  • Recognize and praise small accomplishments.
  • Modify expectations during stressful periods.
  • Measure progress on the basis of individual improvement, not against some absolute standard.
  • Be flexible and try to maintain a normal routine.

Source: Anxiety Disorders Association of America

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Staff, H. (2007, February 18). Help A Loved One With Anxiety, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, June 18 from

Last Updated: July 3, 2016

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