Breakups are never easy. Mine certainly wasn’t. After four years of an on-and-off toxic relationship, I was left feeling pretty lost once it officially ended, and thought I’d never come out of that dark place. As someone who was diagnosed with anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) at a young age, dwelling in the past is kind of my thing.
After a couple of years, things got better. I graduated college, moved to a major city (twice), and got a job at a fashion magazine. I was thriving and loving my single life. Sure, my ex crossed my mind every now and again, but I felt independent and happy.
But news that he was dating someone (a friend of mine, no less) re-triggered the extreme anxiety I felt when things first ended.
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