I've just signed up here, It would be great to get some opinions. I've had chronic anxiety in the past, but luckily I seem to have gotten over nearly everything that freaks me out except one thing.
Is it common to get such bad anxiety over relationships when you have GAD? I honestly can't even talk to *anyone* who I don't know expressing an interest in me, I get really horribly nervous, feel completely cornered, and spend every second feeling like I want to run as far away as possible. If by chance, I either tell myself to stop being stupid or get drunk enough to let anyone near me I shake absolutely uncontrollably and can't stop. If I can stick this out for a few days then I seem to be okay, I guess I settle down, but it's not fair on anyone because more often than not I end up hiding and ignoring the person for weeks on end, even though it's not their fault. And I can't imagine how awful it is to have someone actually shaking in your prescence, no matter how much I apologize >.>.
Even though I would only ever go out with someone I actually knew for awhile beforehand rather than randoms it doesn't numb the anxiety any. It's at the point where it's a real problem and it's driving me nuts.