Dating and Social Anxiety

If you struggle with social anxiety, defined in part as a fear of social situations and interactions, dating can be particularly difficult. Imagine — not only is the scene itself precarious and unpredictable, but you may have to go out in public places with crowds and panic- inducing interactions.  Not exactly easy to explain on the first date to someone you barely know.  The psychologist quoted in this article suggests using some CBT and mindfulness techniques to calm the body and brain and also suggests being open and up front with your date.  They acknowledge your date may not fully understand your anxiety.  On the other hand, they may relate more than you think and you will have started out the relationship honestly, even if it is not meant to continue.