Hi, I just found this forum accidentally about 10 minutes ago, so I'm new here.
I'm 20 years old and have had social anxiety for the majority of my life. However, recently I've started experiencing nausea and an inability to eat as a result when anxious.
Basically, for the past year I've been interested in a guy (I've never been in a relationship because of social anxiety problems, but I've had crushes before), so over the summer I went to a therapist to try to sort out of my social anxiety problems because I wanted to be able to have a relationship eventually (whether or not this specific guy liked me back). I'm in classes with this guy so we hung out at school and we were friends and I really liked him; part of why I really liked him was I never felt anxious around him! However, over the summer I never saw him (we just texted occasionally).
After the summer when I came back to school, I had somehow managed to over think everything to such an extent that I felt physically ill with nerves when hanging around him. I HATE this because I love hanging out with him, he makes me really happy, but also really sick, which is just super awkward! He knows I have anxiety but I feel pathetic having to turn down food whenever I'm around him because I feel sick...
The therapist I went to I didn't talk about these issues with because I didn't have them until after I had stopped seeing her. Her main solution to anxiety was just exposure - which in a lot of cases works, but so far not here... Sometimes I feel fine around him but those occasions are rare.
Whether or not he likes me back this is an incredibly annoying situation - I went to a party a bit ago and could hardly enjoy myself because I just felt sick the whole time while he was there. I'm not consciously intimidated by him or anything, and I know I have legitimately nothing to be afraid of, so I have no idea what's going on. I always feel fine after and can eat, but it's gotten to a point where I'm starting to get anxious about whether or not I'm eating enough in a day.
I'm thinking of going to a doctor after the Holidays are over to see if I can get any meds or something, but I mostly just wanted to see if anyone had similar problems...
Thanks in advance for any advice/input!