I can't do this."I can't do this."
"All I need you to do right now is get dressed and come downstairs."
"I can't go."
"All I need you to do is brush your teeth and comb your hair."
"I can't do this."
"Just put on your shoes."
My heart breaks as I see the tears well in his eyes. But he holds them back. Not a one falls.
"I really can't do this."
"Let's just breathe."
And I count him through some in-hold-out breaths.
"You can do this." I rub his neck.
One step at a time. And off he goes.
"This." The thing he can't do. Is figure out how to get through his anxiety.
As much as I hate the "10 things you should know about..." posts, these two are pretty spot on, especially informative for people who don't know much about anxiety.
Things to know about anxiety
More things to know about anxiety