Anxiety and dating

Those were the magical words I uttered to my now-husband Dan when we first met.

It didn’t help that he initially went in for a hug, whereas I’m firmly a handshake person.

After all, a first date is essentially just an extremely personal work interview — except with cocktails (if you’re lucky).

For example, some of my closest friends thought I was an ice queen when we first met.

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I come across as being bored or uninterested, but I’m actually just having an anxious episode.

“There are differences between each type of anxiety disorder, but most people who say or feel like they have anxiety don't actually meet criteria for an anxiety disorder.

Though you may worry a lot, that alone is not enough to be ‘officially’ diagnosed with anxiety,” she explains.

It’s not just because of what I’m suffering through, but also because most people don’t want to deal with a mental flaw when they can easily move on to the next near perfect person with the swipe of a thumb or the click of a button.

Here are the reasons dating and relationships are much harder for a person who suffers from anxiety. Getting ready for a first date for most people is fun and exciting.

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