I have experienced anxiety for years now. Mostly its under control and I have a really good happy life. But one or two specific people trigger panic attacks for me almost every time I see them. It can also trigger a pattern of negative thoughts for days afterwards.
I dont know what to do about this. Of course Ive considered cutting ties but I’m not sure thats fair as they are not bad people, just a lot of history there, and also I feel I cannot be myself around them. I suppose I could just decide to stop caring about what they think / say, but I just cant seem to do that. Ive talked about it a bit with them and they were apologetic but nothing has changed significantly.
I have a therapist and she thinks I should tell them less about my life. This is stressful too tho as there are so many subjects I now work hard to avoid, especially as I’m naturally an open person. I also feel its sad for them as they must sense me holding back. They are important in my life but being around them makes me so very unhappy. I’m not sure what else to do!