Hi, Newbie here - I've suffered from anxiety for years, off an on - more on than off though have had long periods without it. I have a few very supportive friends - the two most supportive I met on the internet, the other I'm not so close to any more. But my "family" - which basically means my two older sisters (we're all in our 60/70s) either just don't get it, don't want to get it, or act as if they don't get it. One just doesn't discuss it, but then we hardly discuss anything except the weather lol! The other - the one, conversely, who I'm closest to, believes/seems to believe/gives the impression of believing (I honestly don't know which) that anyone who suffers from anxiety/depression etc etc etc is "weak", that it's a "personality" failure. I tell myself that they can't/won't understand or try to understand, and that I just have to accept that - but tbh I haven't, not really. They are my only "family" as I've never married/been in a relationship/had children, and it would mean so so so much if just once they said "I understand, love" or put an arm round me and said "It'll be okay!" But they won't - well, they haven't, in all these years.
I know I HAVE to accept this - I often tell other people that one thing I've learnt is you can't change other people,only your reaction to them - but putting that maxim into practice is so hard sometimes. Does anyone else have a similar problem and, if so, have you found a way of coping with lack of understanding, not to say being subtly "blamed" for something you didn't ask for, don't want, and puts you through hell anyway?