This idea has been inspired by another blog -- though the views are my own. Sometimes it's difficult, when someone's on the rack of anxiety, to know how to behave. The following is what I'd ask someone for, if I could, when I have to go to that excruciating, lonely place: If you'd be so kind...  Please don't judge me.  Reassure me, and do so honestly. If you can do this, it means such a lot.  Please don't look at me with pity in your eyes.  Do indulge me just a little -- but not too much.  Please don't put on a condescending voice or talk too slowly: I've not lost my mind.  Listen to me... even if I repeat myself sometimes; I'm mostly trying to get my thoughts straight.  Please don't talk to me as if I'm stupid: my rational sense remains largely intact, even if my communication skills have dimmed.  Keep things light in tone... but feel free to remain serious.  Remind me of possibilities... rather than of all the closed/locked doors in life. Doing so can indeed make all the difference. Thank you.