One of my main anxious fears is being around people, and talking to people. When I first had my breakdown I struggled to leave home and could not walk up the local high road without feeling anxious; my body would be tense, I would look down at the pavement, and move quickly, just to try and avoid people.
Things are slightly better now; I can go out and not have the same level of fear that I did. This is probably down to the fact that I am living in a different area. In Chiswick I was in a block of flats, so the chances of bumping into a neighbour were greater, plus there was always the chance of seeing someone I knew when on the High Road or out walking Leo. Where I am now, no one knows me, and so the chances of having to stop and talk to someone are a lot less. Read more