My parents have been making fun of my anxiety…

My parents have been making fun of my anxiety lately, and it just makes me feel worse. My inability to order things at restaurants is apparently really funny to them. And it’s not like they don’t know I always feel anxious in these situations, they just think that if they joke about it enough, I’ll get over it.

I am so sorry the people that are supposed to be there for you the most, ridicule you for how you deal with a problem that can be very debilitating. And having anxiety is such a big deal! Being around others that choose to not empathize, but instead choose to mock you, multiples the effects anxiety has on a person.

Again, I am so sorry that you are going through this. And I am sorry to tell you this, but there’s nothing you can do. Your parents choose to ignore how you feel and what you’re experiencing. The only thing you can do is accept how they are, and how they choose to react to you, but you can also take yourself out of the equation.

Limit the amount of time you spend with your parents if you can, even though I know it may be hard to. Focus on ways to cope with your anxiety. What helps me is placing my hand over my heart, closing my eyes and taking deep breaths. It allows me to remain in the present and open myself to what’s going on around me, but it also allows me to take stock of what I’m feeling and why I’m feeling what I’m feeling. But of course, this may not work for everyone, so experiment with different coping mechanisms to find the one that works best for you. Again, I am so sorry that you have to experience anxiety alone, but from one person with anxiety to another, I root for you and I have faith that you will find the best coping mechanisms that work for you! Good luck!