- Just stop thinking about it: Oh. My. Gosh. Thank you so much. I had never considered that before you mentioned it! Because, if it were that easy, this issue wouldn’t have even been brought to your attention.
- You’re dramatic: No, actually I’m not being dramatic. To me, this is a huge deal until I convince myself otherwise.
- It’s in your head: Correct. But the issue stemmed from something outside of my head—it then grew and became a bigger problem inside my head. I’m sorry?
- You’re crazy: Ouch…now I’m going to be up all night worried that I actually am crazy. Thanks for that.
- You asking the same question 100 times doesn’t change the answer: I KNOW. I just need to process. The way I process things involves asking the same question repeatedly.
- You’re being a little annoying: Don’t say that. I think I’m being annoying whenever I open my mouth. Don’t make me feel even more uncomfortable and alone than I already do.
- I’m not worried, so you shouldn’t be either: Is that so? Yeah, I don’t think that’s how this works.
- It’s not a big deal: To you.
Just a quick reminder: what you say matters, regardless if the person has anxiety or not. But these eight things, specifically, are things no person with anxiety wants to hear.