Most Helpful Guy
You do realize more than 25 percent people have or had some sort of mental illness in their lifetimes right.2
Most Helpful Girl
I have really really bad social anxiety disorder. Everyday things are so difficult for me, such as: talking on the phone, going to work (this is why I don't have a job atm), going shopping, eating in front of people, etc. I put a lot of things off because of it and that can get on my boyfriends nerves.
I dread just leaving the house in case I see someone I know and have to say "hi" and smile as I go past them. That's how bad it is.
It's really tough to deal with because I WANT to be able to do things for myself and be independent but my own fears of looking stupid and feeling uncomfortable are stopping me. It makes me feel depressed too and I don't feel like I can do anything about it either because it's a battle against myself. I don't even like going to the doctors to try and "sort it out" because well... I'd have to talk to a stranger. Even if I had a life threatening illness I think going to the doctors/hospital would be difficult for me.
My boyfriend deals with it quite well but it's hard. He just has to take the reins a lot and do things for me. I won't go shopping without him, he has to order food or pay for things, and I give him the money back afterwards. But he is understanding and does *encourage* me to better myself instead of *pressuring* me to. There is a big difference. There are times I've been forced into tough situations by an ex (who thought it was what I needed) and then got annoyed when I got upset and broke down. I get panic attacks too. I'm just a mess really :/ It's nice seeing how proud he is of me when I do something simple like ordering food though.1