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How do I tell my friends about my anxiety? I don't want them to worry

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Last Updated: 01/21/2019 at 4:32am
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Anonymous
February 7th, 2018 8:22pm
If you don't want your friends to worry, then just tell them exactly what anxiety is and how it affects you. If you just tell them "I have anxiety" they might worry because they don't know exactly what that means or how to act. But if you tell them "I have anxiety, which means that [describe how anxiety affects you]" and tell them that they don't need to act any differently, and you just wanted them to know, they probably won't worry as much.
LadyMeow
February 6th, 2018 6:34am
I think the best thing to do would be to tell your friends. A real friend would not feel pity for you and would appreciate you having told him/her. Although make sure you only tell the friends that you really trust. You dont want to go and tell just any friend because they also have friends and will most likley tell them about what you're going through. That is something that should be avoided. Anxiety is not a thing to be ashamed of. Hold your head up high and do not be afraid of telling your friends.
spacedouthashbrown
May 28th, 2018 4:14pm
Well, you can't expect them not t worry- they're your friends! They want what's best for you, and if you don't want it to be a big deal, tell them. They'll respect you, and be there for you to get you through this.
LeviRose
May 29th, 2018 11:38am
Thats your anxiety talking! its better to tell your friends about your anxiety so that they know when your feeling anxious!
SunshineShowers
September 4th, 2018 4:59pm
Let them know that you're taking concrete steps to get better. Would you personally worry more about someone who has anxiety and is seeking help, or someone who has anxiety and is facing it alone? Another thing that in my experience helps put people who worry about you at ease is letting them know the little things - no matter how small - they can do to help. (e.g. them going with you out of a crowded place for a couple of minutes) This gives you a chance to put into action something that will help and them the feeling that they're helping the person they care about. I would recommend telling them at just any time where everyone is calm :)
Anonymous
October 8th, 2018 8:35am
Just tell them the truth and be honest about it. Tell them how it affects you on a day to day basis and let them know that you have some control over it at times. If you lie about it then they find out the truth they most likely will be upset that you felt like you couldn’t come to them and tell them about it. It could even make them feel like you don’t trust them and hurt their feelings so just be 100 percent with them and let them know about it without lying to them at all.
Anonymous
January 21st, 2019 4:32am
You start by sharing events that made you feel anxious or nervous. Talk about things that make you feel happy and fulfilled. Try to make them share their problems. A common understanding is a great way to help others in distress. By talking and being frank and open about your short comings, your friends will not tease or make fun of you but rather support you when you really need it. Talking to your parents can also boost your confidence and self-esteem. If you still feel the same, consider joining a focus group or therapy. Remember, staying happy and confident is important to enjoying life.