What do you do when someone you know has to deal with persistent fears, anxieties, or even depression? Well the first thing you need to do is to get the person to seek the services of a professional who can lead them in the right direction and give them the help they need.
In addition, here are 5 suggestions on how to help your friend cope.
1. Learn as much as you can in managing anxiety and depression. There are many books and information that will educate you on how to deal with fear and anxiety. Share this information with the person who is struggling. Education is the key in finding the answers you are looking for in managing your fears.
2. Be Understanding: Be understanding and patient with the person struggling with their fears. Dealing with depression and anxiety can be difficult, so do not add more problems than what is already there. Listen to your friend and don’t yell or threaten them. Encourage them to get help and offer friendly advice.
3. Things Don’t Stay The Same: Remind your friend that things change and events do not stay the same. For instance, you may feel overwhelmed today with your anxiety and feel that this is how you will feel the rest of the week or month. This isn’t correct.
No one can predict the future with one hundred percent accuracy. Even if the thing that you feared does happen there are circumstances and factors that you can’t predict which can be used to your advantage.
4. Get Your Friend To Seek Help: It is important that you convince your friend to get help for their mental health issues. Encourage them to take the first step and seek assistance. Remind your friend that there are people out there who can offer them advice on how to get better.
5. Go To The Hospital: If your friend is in very bad shape and needs help right away, then take them to the hospital or call 911. A person who is in an emergency situation needs to get help right away. Encourage them to seek help immediately if your friend is suicidal and is out of control.
6. Follow Up With Your Friend: If you know your friend is struggling with fear, anxiety and depression it is important to keep in touch with them. Don’t assume that talking to them one time will solve their problems. Stay on top of things and follow up to see how he or she is doing.
Remember to treat the person who is struggling the way you would want to be treated if you were in their situation.
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Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 28 Aug 2014
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Popovich, S. (2014). When a Friend Struggles with Anxiety, Fear, and Depression. Psych Central. Retrieved on January 26, 2015, from http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2014/09/01/when-a-friend-struggles-with-anxiety-fear-and-depression/