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29 Phrases People With Anxiety Are Tired Of Hearing

"Just think about something else."

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Natalie Clince / The Priory Group

The Priory Group asked anxiety sufferers to share the worst comments people had made about their anxiety. The results, shown in these pictures, revealed a general lack of empathy.

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Natalie Clince / The Priory Group

"Saying ‘snap out of it’ or ‘there’s nothing wrong with you’ is hugely detrimental," says long-term anxiety sufferer Jonathan. "What that person doesn’t realise is that they are embedding those thoughts into the anxiety sufferer's mind, which ultimately makes it worse."

Dr Paul McLaren, a consultant psychiatrist at Hayes Grove Hospital, agrees that people need to have a better grasp of anxiety as an illness.

"It is not easy to switch off," he said. "We need to work on educating people to help them understand that anxiety is a normal part of human experience and nothing to be ashamed of."

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