I suffer from OCD, an anxiety disorder. I also work as a Group Leader for my local Community Mental Health Center and am a Fully credentialed Addictions Counselor in Kansas. Anyway, I understand about your fear of the anxiety coming back. I have been fearful of that for years. But, I can assure you it is not contagious. I am around clients everyday who have difficulties handling their anxiety, and it does not affect my anxiety level. What does affect my anxiety level is not taking my medication, stress, and physical illness. It sounds like you are under a lot of stress as you are recently unemployed (that would stress out anyone and cause anxiety even in people who are not diagnosed with an anxiety disorder.) It also sounds as if you are feeling stress because you do not have many friends who can relate to you. When I was first diagnosed, I joined an online support group for people diagnosed with OCD. This support group provided me with other people I could talk to who could relate to me In addtion, I made it a point to help other people because helping other people makes you feel good about yourself!!! Staying busy is another coping skill. The longer amount of time you have to think about the anxiety, the more chance you have of it returning. If you can not find employment right now, then volunteer somewhere to keep yourself busy and to feel good about helping other people. As for your friend, if he is constantly being negative, that could be affecting your mood. I am a strong believer in positive affirmations and how negativity can bring a person down. I know in my state a person without insurance can get free assistance from their Community Mental Health Center, which includes samples of medications. There are many resources out there for people who can not afford their medication, especially psychological medications. I would be happy to search for such a place for your friend, if you would like. I would need to know the State you live in, though. Hope things get better for you!!!