When you have NLD, it’s like three times as difficult to make and keep friends. Sometimes, just approaching a person is hard, something natural for most people. I think often of a couple friends I made at an old job. They acted like we were friends for a number of months. Then when I stopped contacting them, they never tried to contact me. I was dumped by them. I felt depressed, as anyone would, but worse because I couldn’t tell how much of it was related to NLD. I wondered, if I didn’t have NLD, would this have happened? Would I have come up with better approaches? I find myself thinking around in circles like this, and getting stuck on things. Failed friendships make me nervous about new ones, even though I really want to make new friends. The social anxiety I have is agonizing, even painful, and as I talked about in the last post, can sometimes make me sick to my stomach. Hang in there, everyone. We can help each other with these things. More later.
Being Dumped by Friends