Helping Friends and Family Members with Anxiety
What helps friends and family members with anxiety?
Over 3000 people took DBSA's recent survey on anxiety and mood disorders. Here's what they said did and did not help them when they were dealing with anxiety.
How do your loved ones help you?
In addition, many people wrote in responses. They said the best things their friends and family did for them was to:
What do your friends or family do that you do NOT find helpful?
Additional responses included:
It's important to remember that every person is different and needs different forms of support. Talk to your loved one to see what you can do to help them.
Ask the Experts
DBSA's Scientific Advisory Board Members on Anxiety
Other Organizations that Offer Help for Anxiety Disorders
The following organizations also offer help and information related to anxiety disorders. DBSA is not responsible for the content or accuracy of the material they provide.
info, training, events
- Bipolar Disorder
- Screening Center
- Co-occurring Illnesses/Disorders
- Related Concerns
- Brochures (printable)
- Living Successfully Course
- Ask the Doc
- Outside Resources
- Peer Specialist Core Training
- DBSA Veteran Peer Specialist Training
- Peer Specialist Continuing Education
- DBSA Training, Consultation, & Speaker Services
- Mental Health First Aid
- Support Group Facilitator Training
- Wellness Options
treatment, tools, research
- Peer Support
peer groups, inspiration
- Help Others
family, friends, peers
How to Help in a Crisis
Help with Symptoms & Treatment
Help with Relationships
Support for Helpers
Balanced Mind Parent Network
- For Clinicians
Working in Partnership with Your Patient
Materials for/by Clinicians
Training & Events for Clinicians
How DBSA Support Groups Can Help
Agitation Kit for Medical Staff
Publications for Your Office