This week I have discovered I am ashamed about people finding out that I suffer from generalized anxiety disorder, and that creates more anxiety. If I go with an acquaintance for a coffee and I start getting symptoms (racing heart, palpitations ,dizziness) instead of controlling them I start thinking about the other person finding out, so I try to put myself together but I don't know if the other person notices something because I can't concentrate in the conversation so much and I try to say something to distract the other person so she doesn't notice my nervousness. I feel like that in many social situations.
I have always tried to hide my condition, and I think I worry that people are going to see it as a sign of weakness and they are not going to be very understanding towards it.
My siblings never understood and didn't show much compassion with my condition which I have suffered from a very young age. I they viewed it as a sign of weakness and failure, that is probably why I hide it from people in case I get the same reaction. Are you open about your anxiety? Do your friends know? How do they feel about it? Are they supportive or they dismiss your feelings? Thank you.