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My anxiety, dating & my boyfriend

My anxiety, dating & my boyfriend

Kerrie blogs about her experience with anxiety and how it impacted dating and life with her boyfriend.

I don't remember a time when I haven't obsessed over the worst possible outcome of every situation I've been in. The most painful part of it is, there's a place in the back of your mind that's totally rational and it tells you you're being ridiculous - but it can't shout loud enough.

The simplest of tasks, such as getting on a bus, can consume me with dread.

I had never been able to open myself up, completely, to anyone. I've actively and totally avoided friendships. Relationships were totally out of the question.

Last September I began speaking to someone and, for once, it didn't make me nervous.

I didn't feel like my every word would be scrutinised. My anxiety just didn't switch on. I was entirely comfortable.

It was a bizarre, alien feeling. Much of my social anxiety revolves around men. I feel ever so slightly more relaxed in the presence of women. Perhaps it's a maternal thing, I don't know. So for this person who made me feel secure to be a male was frankly crazy.

I decided I needed to tell him about my anxiety troubles before I met him. In fact, it wasn't a decision, it was a necessity. I had to explain why it took me two months to muster the courage to go on a date with him.

Read on here >> http://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/your-stories/my-anxiety-dating-my-boyfriend/#.V0LI1JMrKV6

Posted on: 23/05/2016   Categories: Charity News

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