Your stomach is flooded with butterflies in a bad way , you feel slightly nauseated, and your heart flutters in a weird rhythm? Well, for someone with anxiety, that feeling is present a lot. If you're dating someone with anxiety, it can be hard to understand why that feeling doesn't just subside, or why you can't fix it. You know, provided everything else is going well. If you know this is a relationship worth saving, these strategies can help you build a stronger bond. Then there are phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, depressive disorder, and assorted other cues that bring on crushing stress.
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Everyone stresses at some point or other, but not everyone is anxious. Stress is frustration and nerves. Anxiety is amplified. There's an underlying sense of panic and unease. I stress when I have a lot of work to do.
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I personally struggle with things like social anxiety, body dysmorphia, and bulimia nervosa, and recently got out of a very long term relationship with someone who did not understand how to help me with these illnesses. In no way was it his fault, but in a way, I wish he could have grasped the extent of my illnesses and tried harder to calm me down when I was suffering things like a panic attack. That relationship ended months ago, and finally, I have found someone new. Within the first couple days of knowing him, I made sure he knew the extent of my mental illnesses.
Given everything that's happening in the world, you'd be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn't feel any sense of anxiousness right now. For those with anxiety disorders, this is an especially scary time. And worldwide pandemics and coups aside, anxiety disorders are much more common than you might think.