Part of anxiety is the constant over thinking, but to really understand this we need to understand where the over thinking stems from.

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Imagine the fear of being scrutinized at every move, feeling insecure when someone laughs, whether or not it was directed at you, and going over the last conversation you had in your head a million times.

This is what it feels like to live with social anxiety.

Mood disorders affect nearly one in five adults yet little attention is given to the impact that these disorders have on intimate relationships.

When I say "mood disorder," I'm referring to conditions such as depression, generalized anxiety, and even PTSD.

If I really like a person — in a romantic way or not — I tend to be aloof and avoid eye contact.

I come across as being bored or uninterested, but I’m actually just having an anxious episode.

Those were the magical words I uttered to my now-husband Dan when we first met.

It didn’t help that he initially went in for a hug, whereas I’m firmly a handshake person.

One of the most important things in helping others with anxiety is understanding their condition and being patient.

It may take someone with anxiety longer to open up or to be willing to start a relationship, but they can and will get there if given the chance.

Instead of pretending things are fine, it's best to confront the challenges of living with a mood disorder head on.