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How do you explain anxiety to your friends?

I tried telling my friends, described the medication that i was on for it and they laughed. I laughed along with them to hide the fact that I was hurt. Now I just seem to distance myself from them when I go through periods of very high anxiety. Does anyone else do this too?
Category: Depression 8 years ago
angela_louiise
Asked 8 years ago

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unless they went through it themselves, they won't understand, most likely (from my experience - I have no friends, but family members can't understand it)
Violetta79
Answered 8 years ago
Violetta79

I think everyone will agree that as much as you can tell people about it they will never understand what where going through as you can never imagine what anxiety is like, unless you experience it yourself. And these friends, that laughed at you, you could try explaining to them how it hurt you, but its up to you but these people are your friends, I say ditch them and find ones who don't make you feel guilty for having anxiety.
Answered 8 years ago

I find it depends on the person in question. My uncle just doesnt get it, I have to almost dramatise it by using words like "paralising" and "terror". I understand why you laughed along with them, I do that too when masking. If you want these friends to understand, try talking to them one on one, they'll be less likely to go with the crowd and just laugh it away. Good luck hun xx
Muppet Rat
Answered 8 years ago
Muppet Rat

Send them a link to an explanation online and tell them this is what your life is like and they shouldn't be making it any harder than it already is with anxiety. I told mine and they did similar. They just sorta ignored it, "oh. thats not good" is about all i got from all of those I told. They remember i suffer from it but forget what the effects are and forget I get anxiety attacks.
kerry1994
Answered 8 years ago
kerry1994

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