Dating someone with social anxiety disorder
Klimaite prepared clients for negative reactions to ensure they could cope and recover.Consider working with a therapist to receive this training.By trying to overcome social anxiety without any “liquid courage” — or whatever else — you can work toward making your mental health issues less of a hindrance to your romantic life.
Except to apologize that he is overwhelmed and having self-doubts.
If these topics don’t come up on their own, try using language that moves toward a conversation about social anxiety. Friedemann Schaub recommended bringing up shyness, for example, if a date sees avoidant behavior that might otherwise be concerning.
Therapist Asta Klimaite suggested using jokes and compliments to test how dates react to issues around social anxiety.
When I was doing something similar, my girlfriend acted disappointed and upset that I would not share what was on my mind. When I realized how important it was for me to talk with her about what is going on in my mind, regardless of how silly or sad it sounded to me at first, I started opening up to her more, and I think that also has brought us closer together. Moreover, I hope that he will start opening up to you more about what he is going through.
A lot of the negative beliefs he may have about himself right now because of his childhood are NOT true, and it will take some time for him to let go of those beliefs and form more rational ones.