Dating Someone with Social Anxiety Disorder

  posted by: Gretchen



Dating Someone with Social Anxiety DisorderOne of the difficulties that you face when dating is the condition of the person you are dating with.  It becomes challenging if your date has a social anxiety disorder and other related conditions like obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), avoidant personality disorder, seasonal affective disorder, and schizophrenia.  In this post we are going to focus on dating with social anxiety disorder (SAD), also known as social phobia.

Guides when Dating Someone with Social Anxiety Disorder

Read the following dating tips for you to be able to understand the person you are dating with:

  • The first dating advice is to understand that dating is one of the social interactions that a person having this disorder fears. Why? The person is afraid of rejection.
  • If you are really interested to the person, you need to have a wide room for patience.  Take things slow until you gain the trust of the person.  Make the person feel that she is safe with you.
  • Don’t be offended if the person seems to give many excuses everytime you ask her out.  She’s trying to avoid socialization.  Even eating at a restaurant makes her uncomfortable.
  • Try to get her out of her shell.  Introduce her fun and exciting things that she’s missing. Constantly tell her how wonderful life is. Encourage her to just give it a try.  Have patience and you’ll slowly get her in the open.  Show your moral support.  She didn’t choose her condition anyway.
  • On your first date, you can cook a meal together if the person really doesn’t want to go out. This way, you can make her feel more comfortable being with you.
  • If you ever go out for a dinner, choose a restaurant that will keep you entertained so she will forget her worries.
  • If the person is into sports, then attend a sporting event. The person is going to enjoy it.
  • If this disorder attacks the person, tell her that she’s not alone and that you are there for her.  This will prevent her from depression.

Just keep on motivating the person until you see signs that she’s improving.  I hope that this post will somehow help you.


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