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Know Someone with an Anxiety Disorder? What You Should Never Say to Them

Anxiety is a normal feeling that everyone feels at some point in their life. Those with an anxiety disorder feel the effects of anxiety on a regular basis and when there is nothing going on that should cause the feelings of anxiety. Having a friend or family member who has an anxiety disorder can sometimes be difficult to be around, because even just saying the wrong thing could make them feel anxious. Jennifer Rollin, a Mental Health Therapist and contributor writer for the Huffington Post, says there are four main things you should never say to someone who has an anxiety disorder. 

  1. You need to just calm down 
  2. What your worrying about is really not a big deal 
  3. I know how you feel 
  4. You're right, that could happen

Click here to learn why you shouldn't say these things to someone with an anxiety disorder. 


Chris Massman is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. Chris' training includes Family Systems Theory along with numerous other theories. She believes therapy is an art and chooses the theory she feels will most benefit the individual sitting in front of her. Her specialty lies is in the field of Chemical Dependency and Addictions. Chris is currently seeing individuals, couples and families. Chris is a Clinical member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists as well as the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. Chris has two locations including Tarzana and Agoura Hills, CA.