In high school, though I was part of the cool crowd, i knew at the very core, I was extremely uncomfortable around other people.To hide my weakness, I would put on a facade that consisted of being a loud, obnoxious, "bad-ass" person.I have matured from this and instead of living through a mask, i want to tackle my anxiety head-on.

Below are 15 things anyone who loves someone with anxiety should know. When you feel as though you have a small child made of frenetic negative energy trying to beat her way out of your body, it becomes impossible to ignore. It’s there and it wants to get the hell out of your body. It can be treated, but not “cured.” Even with years of therapy, like any chronic condition, anxiety disorders require management. Our anxiety might be exactly what makes us so damn productive.

Treatment is more about giving people with anxiety the tools to help themselves than making the anxiety go away forever. Therapy, exercise and anti-anxiety medication can all help.

“In my one serious relationship my boyfriend eventually learned the best ways to interact with me when my anxiety was at its worst, but that’s not the same for casual relationships that might not go anywhere.

Sometimes boys probably think I’m crazy, which hurts, and it also makes me a more bitter person towards dating in general.” You’re no stranger to the difficulties that come with dating you, but you should also know that any issue with your anxiety is made up by how hard you love.

You’re already tense because any little thing could send you into a full on apocalyptic meltdown.

How are you supposed to bring another person into that?There’s no high school class on dating, much less dating someone with a mental health condition.Nonetheless, anxiety doesn’t have to break your relationship or put a strain on it to the point where it’s hard to enjoy. Yet that awareness doesn't change the fact that there are things outside of our control which make it nearly impossible not to have an emotional (and physical) reaction. Yes, we’re intellectually aware that we probably won’t die alone in an apartment full of cats, and we probably are not dry drowning at this very moment. Just let the wave of anxiety ride out, and be by our side while it does. Hi Chase, A slight digression from the post, hope you can add your two cents to this.