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CD and anxiety
Over the years I have become a more an increasingly anxious person. In part I believe that, apart from some traumatic life events, being diagnosed coeliac has contributed to this. The ever present risk factor with food, especially outside the home, has made me averse to considering travelling abroad. My wife would like to try randomly touring around Europe by train or coach and I know that I would be a bundle of nerves about eating when, what and where. The whole prospect fills me with dread and that doesn't fill me with a holiday mood. I'd rather stay at home. The uncertainly about everything would make a holiday unworthwhile. We do holiday in the Uk but short breaks only, mainly self catering which is easiest. I am sure that the anxiety with CD has made me generally more anxious about other things like driving in traffic in busy areas that I don't know, it seems to spread into other parts of life and CD seems to underlie much of the anxiety. It's not just food of course but the difficult social aspect of being a coeliac in company of others who aren't, of endlessly navigating a safe line through other people's lack of knowledge about gluten and its effects, all the more so when they claim to be able to cater but haven't a proper grasp of it. I remember the bewilderment following diagnosis, the feeling of having become an outsider in social situations which created more worries than pleasures, the horrible sense of being different and judged adversely. I know that I have posted on this subject before but I am just revisiting it to get it out of my system with people who will understand.