One of the hardest things about having anxiety is that people confuse it with just being "worried", "nervous" or "sensitive", and therefore make annoying, dismissive, judgmental comments like ...
“Just stop overthinking everything.”
“Everybody gets nervous or worried sometimes.”
“Just snap out of it.”
“It’s all in your head.”
“Don’t be so sensitive.”
“You’re so overdramatic.”
“Just do _______ and you’ll feel better.”
“Stop making excuses.”
“You’re just faking it"
“You’re just having a bad day.”
“You don’t have anything to be anxious about – you’ve got a great life!”
“You’re getting stressed out and worried for no reason at all.”
“Just stop thinking about it.”
“You really need to calm down.”
“You’re just looking for attention.”
Hi, my name's Mathew Baker - I'm a professional counsellor & the co-founder of The Depression Project - and if you struggle with anxiety, then I'm guessing you've heard some or all of these comments before.
Of course, I know how frustrating this can be for you, so to help you out, I wrote this book to make it much, much easier for you to explain your anxiety to your loved ones - so that instead of having to keep hearing these comments, you can instead get the understanding and support that you deserve.
So that you know exactly what to expect, below is a section-by-section breakdown of what this book covers.