A reader sent in this request for help and advice. I’m not a psychologist but I thought there may be some of you who have experienced similar problems and might have some good suggestions for her. And at the least, we can offer her our support and encouragement while she continues with her therapy.
I once was an incredible extrovert, to the point where I was the life of the party and everyone wanted me around. Overthe past 2 years I’ve been suffering from severe anxiety and panic attacks. I find myself with no friends, (I get lonely, but don’t really want them.) I’m housebound about 80% of the time, I can’t work and find it very difficult conversating with people. It’s now to the point where I no longer want to speak to my daughter over the phone or have her come visit, and tragically I dread my partner of 27 years coming home from work, as well as her days off. I just want to be alone all the time….it’s often painful, what do I do. (I’m in very good therapy, but it still doesn’t help.)
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