15 Nov What Would U Do: Anxiety
Question 1 of 5
Your friend tells you he is deathly afraid of spiders. No joke. Deathly afraid. You would:
Have you read the empathy post?
Nicknames help bring you closer, right? Do you think this one will?
That's a true and factual statement. Will it feel that way to him?
Being sympathetic is a sign of a good friend. Does either of your fears' negatively effect your daily lives? If the answer is" yes," you may need to do more than just sympathize.
That sounds like a nice thing to say. Will he feel supported by it?
Think he will name it after you? That way there is one named associated with his fears?
Question 2 of 5
Your friend gets really stressed at school. Test, pressure, social life, sports - it all scares him. You see him freaked out in the cafeteria and before a test. You would:
That's what friends are for, right? Do you have any strategies for him?
Would you want someone to ignore you in that state?
Knowing when to seek the advice of an adult is a great trait. Is it okay for the counselor to share that you were the person that was concerned enough to say something? Just a question you should cover.
That's a totally supportive thing to say to him. Does it help him calm down? Does he need more help that that?
Question 3 of 5
Your friend tells you she is taking medication for social anxiety. You would:
That's a very empathic response. Are you comfortable talking about it?
Is that what you would want a friend to do if you shared something personal with her?
Wow. Interesting approach. Major exposure therapy, but perhaps she might not think it's such a helpful suggestion?
Are you uncomfortable? How come? How can you help both her and your self be less uncomfortable?
Our prediction: you get a hug back!
Question 4 of 5
Your friend tells you she is taking medication for social anxiety and it has made her feel great. She thinks you should try it. You would:
That's solid. Do you say anything else? Do you address why you don't want any? Or just leave it?
Well, to answer your question… because taking someone else's medication can be dangerous, even deadly.
What if she says that you do seem anxious? Will you take them then?
Sounds like a good plan. What will happen if your parents want to talk to her parents?
Question 5 of 5
Your friend is claustrophobic and has a history of panic attacks. You enter an elevator and she starts to freak out after the doors close. Then the elevator stops and the doors don’t open. You feel your friend’s pulse and it’s racing. She says, “I have to get out of here! I’m so freaked out.” You can’t get the doors to open. You would:
Do you have one for her? What is a chill pill? When you are scared is that what you want your friends to say to you?
Well, at least the two of you are experiencing the same thing? Is it what you want to experience? Could you do anything differently that might help reduce both your states of panic?
Good to hit that help button- shows you are thinking. Standing far away from your friend, might help your shoes but does it help your friend?
Those moves are pretty sure to move the situation in the right direction. What will you say to the person who responds to your plea for help?