Learning some basic facts about anxiety will help you better understand and support your partner. They are a normal part of being in a relationship, especially a new one.
People with anxiety issues or an anxiety disorder, however, tend to have these anxious thoughts more frequently and more intensely.
According to ICD-10 guidelines, the main diagnostic criteria of social phobia are fear of being the focus of attention, or fear of behaving in a way that will be embarrassing or humiliating, avoidance and anxiety symptoms.
Standardized rating scales can be used to screen for social anxiety disorder and measure the severity of anxiety.
By understanding anxiety in general and how it affects both your partner and your relationship, you can love each other more deeply and connect in a new way.
Educating yourself can also relieve a lot of the stress.
Stammering may be present, along with rapid speech.
There’s no high school class on dating, much less dating someone with a mental health condition.
Nonetheless, anxiety doesn’t have to break your relationship or put a strain on it to the point where it’s hard to enjoy.
Over the next few weeks I’m going to focus on how living with social anxiety alters the way in which we treat those closest to us.
As with so much surrounding anxiety, there’s a mix of positive and negative – sure, those nagging doubts about yourself can batter your confidence and make relationships tough to start and maintain, but, at the same time, the strength of your feelings and the power of your emotional awareness means you’re capable of forging great partnerships with loved ones.