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I hope to make this as short as possible. I have social anxiety and have had it for as long as I remember. It's only certain situations. The main one in my adult life has been with meeting significant others parents/family/friends. I dread starting a new relationship because I am afraid that person's family/friends won't approve of me. I have trouble being myself around these people. I become withdrawn, can't get words outs, sweat profusely and feel like I'm going to die. I started dating a man about 5 months ago and last weekend he wanted me to meet his brother and his family. I agreed but I made the mistake of telling him that I have social anxiety. The meeting went OK. We didn't stay long and he told me afterwards that he felt very uncomfortable because he knew I was uncomfortable. He didn't talk to me for 2 days after that. I printed out some information on social anxiety so he might be able to understand-and know that there is help out there for it.
Instead, he broke up with me and told me that his family/friends are important to him and he didn't want to be around me if I was never going to be able to have fun. I tried telling him that it just takes me some time to get comfortable around people and I was going to the DR to get a med. He said I shouldn't do that for him. I said I was doing it for me. I asked him if he told anyone and he said he told his daughter. That mortified me. I didn't want anyone to know. He said that he tells his daughter everything and that it shouldn't bother me because he needed someone to talk to. I told him he should've talked to me about it. I went to the Dr yesterday and was put on 10mg Lexapro. Hopefully that will work. I think that I could probably reconcile the relationship but now that I find out he tells his daughter "everything" I'm not sure I want to be with someone who shares my personal life with others.
I almost feel betrayed.
Thanks for listening.

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