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    26 year old guy here.

    Wanted advice from strangers as I find it really hard to open up about stuff.

    I have anxiety, and I think it's been there a long time. However, the past few months it's creeped out worse.

    My girlfriend has noticed it and has recommended I see a doctor. I find this hard to do and embarassing and just finding it difficult.

    My anxiety is affecting my daily routines to some extent now (Sometimes I won't go visit family or even want to go outside). My girlfriend is feeling the strain as I keep letting her bear the weight of my problem.

    I feel so stupid and dumb for not being able to even go to a doctors. I don't even know what I'd say. I don't want to see a therapist right away as I know I would never open up properly to someone so soon after admitting to the issue. I would rather take medication short term and then once I accept my issues openly I'd speak to someone. But I don't feel this can be done.

    I have tried self help and other stuff for myself but nothing has helped thus far.

    I want to sort this before I completely ruins my long term relationship with my girlfriend. Even with that in mind, I find it petrifying and scary, and can't bring myself to do it.

    What do I do? I don't know anymore!

    HI I recently was diagnosed with anxiety. I can spend a week without leaving my house. I can't say for sure if therapy has helped me long term. It's nice to talk at the time but after that once the appointments over, I feel like I'm back at square 1. Not to say you shouldn't go, I'm not a professional after all but sometimes I prefer talking to others in similar situations and sharing coping mechanisms and supporting each other.

    In the same boat :/
    Decided to go see the doctors but chickening out now.
    But i don't want meds, rather I want CBT therapy.
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