According to the South African Depression & Anxiety Group (SADAG), anxiety disorders are the most common illnesses in South Africa.
One in five South Africans is affected by one or more of these debilitating illnesses each year.
Struggling with anxiety can leave your loved one feeling isolated and misunderstood.
While a few words of encouragement can help to ease their anxiety, you could, however, find yourself saying something that has the complete opposite effect.
Here are eight things you should never say to someone with an anxiety disorder:
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