I know some of you have been faced with problems of people not understanding your condition. And that has to be really hard. But I think awareness of these kind of disorders is much better than it used to be. When I am feeling anxious around someone, I just tell them! And they seem to be very accepting, and my anxiety lessens. I told my neighboor last week about my condition, she always pops by and gives me a panic attack. She was very understanding, and said she would help me out.
I am so proud of myself because last weekend, she and I went to get peaches to make a peach pie, a cemetary to take pictures, and a library to take pictures of their garden. All things I have wanted to do, but couldn't on my own. I did not take any drugs or drink and I was OKAY! I felt I was okay because she knew about my problem, and I didn't have the anxiety of having an anxiety attack and having to hide it from her, which only makes the anxiety worse!
I think telling people that I am close to actually helps rather than hurts. They are not judgemental, and always seem to be really helpful and concerned.