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keepintouch

Help With Relationships...

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I am new to this board.

To introduce my situation briefly, I am a 22 year old college male and I have been diagnosed with depression for about 4 years now. I have had the symptoms for about 7 years but i was too scared to tell anyone I had a problem so i kept it to myself for about 3 years.

So most of my high schools years were taken over by this condition. I never dated and have no experience/ interest in dating when I was in high school. I am 22 now and as I see my friends pairing off and going separate ways, I kinda wanna do the same but I feel like depression is crippling to the point were its too hard.

Long story short, I want to date and but am too scared. I don't want to suffer a massive heartbreak. I also feel socially awkward at times and I just don't know.

I want to get one with my life and just live it but depression keeps pulling me back.

Any advice forum?

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Hi keepintouch

Sometimes it can be easier to take the pressure off and just interact with others a little, this can help you to develop friendships with the opposite sex that may help you to feel a little more at ease with them in order to date them. Perhaps try joining a club or starting a hobby, where you can interact with women. Doing some volunteer work may help you too.

Also a date does not have to be a 'date', it can be going for coffee or just doing something together. Just remember that when you get to that point.

Trace

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I think Trace is right. A lot of pressure is taken off your shoulders when you hang out as friends and then take it from there. A lot of friends become more than friends. But overall, you will have to reach a point where you just jump in and take a chance. It's scary kind of, but unless you take a chance on rejection, you will never find out whether you had a chance at all. You might miss a "yes."

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