NEUROTIC
DISORDERS

DEFINED

A neurotic disorder is a mental disorder involving constant distress that alters a person’s day to day behavior.

Neurotic disorders can feel frantic, panicked, and unmanageable–but those suffering often focus on external stressors to avoid acknowledging that there’s a problem at all.

COMMON TYPES

anxiety

is characterized by excessive worry about several life areas, a constant need for reassurance, and a general tension.

specific phobia

is characterized by seemingly excessive and unreasonable fears in the presence of or in anticipation of a specific object, place, or situation.

OCD

is characterized by unwanted and repeated thoughts, ideas, feelings, sensations, or behaviors that makes the sufferer feel compelled do something.

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Who? Someone you know.

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults, or 18% of the population.

SOUND LIKE SOMEONE YOU KNOW?
THEY MIGHT WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT.

HOW DO I
BRING IT UP?

We know that you’re not a doctor. In fact, you’re something better: a friend. That’s why you should skip trying to diagnose anyone and simply be there for someone in need–it’s actually easier than you might think.

For starters:

remember your I's image

REMEMBER YOUR "I"S

As in “I care about you” or “I’m worried about you”. Making sure to speak on your own behalf can lower the shields and make for a more productive, thoughtful dialogue.

Specificity Is Key

SPECIFICITY IS KEY

Try to share examples of times you felt concerned, as opposed to broad, sweeping generalizations.

Point To A Pro

POINT TO A PRO

Encourage them to seek professional help and offer your support. For instance, accompanying someone to an appointment can make the experience much more manageable.

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Women are twice as likely as men to suffer from some kind of neurotic disorder.

Of course, any conversation at all is a great first step.

you could talk about:

smart watches

what else?

THINGS TO AVOID

While you’re whatever-ing it up, a couple things
to steer clear of include:

BUSY OR
HECTIC PLACES

Environmental triggers can worsen a neurotic disorder, which is fancy-talk for: “A stressful places might stress out an already stressed-out person, so maybe save the heart to heart for somewhere calm.”

TURNING MOLEHILLS
INTO MOUNTAINS

Saying things like, “Just calm down” or “Take a few deep breaths” can minimize a lifelong struggle, making recovery seem simple and obvious, or obscure the fact that the issue is real.

“ME TOO!”
-ISM

It’s easy to compare your own anxieties, tics or behaviors as a point of reference, but doing so may make the sufferer feel ashamed of themselves, and less likely to open up, or it may reinforce to them that their behavior is not so unusual.

OUR
CAMPAIGN

SARAH

NATE

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It is not uncommon for a person with OCD to also have clinical depression, panic attacks, or both.

RESOURCES

KNOWLEDGE = POWER

For those in search of a deeper dive,
we’ve got you covered:

Anxiety and Depression Association of America UCLA Health National Anxiety Foundation CAST Centers

FIND A LOCAL PROFESSIONAL

Ultimately, someone dealing with a neurotic disorder might want to seek professional treatment, whether medical, nutritional, or therapeutic. Look up local professionals in your area:

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Remember, it’s important not to diagnose yourself or someone else
with any kind of health issue if you’re not a qualified
health professional. Those resources are available above.