Chunn adds: ‘I think young women worry that if they tell their friends they’re struggling with anxiety or seeing a therapist, they will be seen as weak. If you start seeing a therapist it’s a good sign that you’re doing something about it.’ She says the stigma causes the silence, which ultimately holds back women who struggle with anxiety.Here, three women share their experiences beating it… I had been living here for about two years and working at my job at the time, an IT consulting company, for about one year.I was given an even more senior position, managing a team of other managers while simultaneously recruiting candidates for my old role and covering for a second more junior position I was hiring someone to fill. My symptoms were textbook: I had acid in my stomach and unexplained pains in my arms. I reached a place mentally where I couldn’t handle anything and I’d start crying for no reason.I developed eczema, something I’d never had before. For example, I was given a massive new project to start (in my field these take two to three years from start to finish) and I started weeping.I don’t believe technology has distracted us from real human connection.I don’t believe hookup culture has infected our brains and turned us into soulless sex-hungry swipe monsters. It doesn’t do to pretend that dating in the app era hasn’t changed. Tinder arrived in 2012, and nipping at its heels came other imitators and twists on the format, like Hinge (connects you with friends of friends), Bumble (women have to message first), and others.The doctors did all these tests and couldn’t figure out what was wrong.They checked for neurological issues, and then said it was probably psychological. Go see your GP.’ I went to see the GP, who referred me to a psychologist. After that happened, I started experiencing similar symptoms whenever I tried to go out and then it began to happen on the tube.
It was 2007; I was in a pub with friends and started feeling really dizzy, as if I were going to faint.
I panicked and got really scared, so my friends took me to the A&E.
I was hyperventilating and wasn’t sure what was happening.
Cassie Zampa-Keim’s website: Cassie’s book: Finding Love After 50: Modern Dating Strategies for Women from an Industry Insider.
titled Nancy Jo Sales’s article on dating apps “Tinder and the Dawn of the ‘Dating Apocalypse’” and I thought it again this month when Hinge, another dating app, advertised its relaunch with a site called “thedatingapocalypse.com,” borrowing the phrase from Sales’s article, which apparently caused the company shame and was partially responsible for their effort to become, as they put it, a “relationship app.”Despite the difficulties of modern dating, if there is an imminent apocalypse, I believe it will be spurred by something else.