Want to learn how to support someone with depression and anxiety after addiction recovery?
Depression and anxiety are two of the most common mental illnesses we face today, so we thought we would take a moment to share an helpful article we found on the matter.
Let’s jump into it.
How to Support Someone with Depression and Anxiety
When someone comes out of recovery there is a good chance the person has developed a bit of anxiety. Anxiety is at times very difficult to comprehend. There are many different ways to help someone that has anxiety, to help them ease through their issues.
Being understanding is a key component.There are times when your friend cancels at the last minute due to the pressure of hanging out and doing anything. Let them know you aren’t upset at them, and that you can make another day to get together. Simplifying the situation will help put them at ease. Don’t pressure your anxiety riddled friends into doing things or going to places that might cause a trigger to their anxiety. With time they will be able to conquer the fear they have of that place, but until that times comes it’s best to stay away.
Be the type of friend that helps out with the smaller things that cause high amounts of anxiety. Some people have a difficult time talking to people on the phone or ordering food. Take the pressure off them and do those small tasks for them. It shows that you understand and care about their issue. Being supportive is absolutely critical to helping those with anxiety as well as other mental health issues. The understanding and support you give your friends can go farther than you think. The notion of knowing that someone is there for them is like a safety blanket. No matter what it’s great to be able to have a friend there to help when you need it.
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