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Remember, we all stumble, every one of us. That's why it's a comfort to go hand in hand. - Emily Kimbrough

        We don’t live in a void.
There is a thing that we are not always aware of, especially while dealing with anxiety - despite what we may think, none of us is a lonely island. There are hundreds of connections between us and other people. Some we underestimate, some we overestimate, some – we’d like to get rid of. The people closest to us, though – friends, family – are a very important factor in how easy or hard it is to live with anxiety. To be quite honest, it is only now that I can really appreciate the support of my loved ones and see the difference it made in how my story played out.  

From my point of view…

I was a pretty young teenager when my anxiety attacks started – at first it would have been probably easy to dismiss them as something insignificant. I’m not a person who shares her feelings easily – when I was finishing high-school, others were described as ‘bright’, ‘funny’, and ‘open’, I – mostly ‘cool-headed’ and ‘self-possessed’. There was a time when it felt physically impossible for me to actually ask for help – the fact that I could easily control my emotions has always been a point of pride for me, and then they suddenly started defying that control. And since it was very difficult to ask for help, I’m all the more grateful to my family, who did all they could to get me that help. What did they do – and what can others in this situation do?

The do’s and the don’ts

DO help you get professional help – I can’t never stress enough how important this was for me – I found a therapist whom I could talk to and not be judged. I changed psychologists three times – don’t be afraid to do that. Trying to talk to someone you don’t feel comfortable with has no sense. Since I was a teen, it was my mother who looked for the therapists and helped me find the right one.
DO offer support – the simple feeling of certainty that you have someone to go for a hug and a kind word can work wonders.
DO encourage – to take a few more steps out the door than yesterday, to call someone on your own, to make this short conversations a few seconds longer.
DON’T push too much – guilt tripping, smothering, trying to minimise your feelings – all of us heard ‘just get over it’ at least once, and this is definitely something a person with anxiety doesn’t need.
DON’T act like nothing’s wrong – you can’t ‘wait out’ anxiety. It’s not something that will go away if you pretend it doesn’t exist.


1. What is your experience with your loved ones reacting to your anxiety?
2. What would you add to the list?
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"I try not to worry about the future, so I take each day just one anxiety attack at a time."

NU is a group created for the anxious, by the anxious. Whether you are mildly nervous in front of new people, or you have had a panic attack in the middle of every store you have ever walked into - you are among good company here!

We do not only focus on social anxiety, but as it's the flavor of anxiety the founder has, and one of the more common anxieties it tends to be our main gig.

Join as an admin at anytime! And leave an admin position at anytime! We want to give anyone the opportunity to help their fellow neurotics without having to worry about not having the time to dedicate to an admin position. Come and go as you please! Just send a note to the group or AbbeyMarie expressing interest in being an admin.

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Lil-Ilussions Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woah! I'm so glad I found this group, I was diagnosed with SAD and general anxiety!
AdventurelGrfix Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I have a piece of artwork that I would please like to submit. I think it's my best piece.
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KassidiKeys Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014   Digital Artist
Can I donate points to the group?  I don't have many, but I'd love to help out in some small way.
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ToxicAlienParadox Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow this is an awesome group, I suffer from social anxiety and a few different panic disorders so I'm probably going to join you guys ^.^
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williamreinsch Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great group idea! I am a sufferer of SA too and the more we spread the word about this disorder the better! it seems to be swept under the carpet when it can be so crippling and is such a common disorder!
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