Signs and Symptoms of Relationship Disorders Relationship disorders are conditions that lead to one of two general outcomes: difficulty establishing intimate relationships with others as well as an unhealthy focus on an actual or potential relationship partner. The first scenario revolves around a fear of intimacy and may include diagnosable symptoms of a condition called social anxiety disorder. The second scenario revolves around an addictive behavior commonly\u00a0known as love addiction. Fear of Intimacy and Social Anxiety Disorder A current or potential intimate relationship can trigger significant feelings of anxiety in you or your loved one. In many cases, this anxiety also involves a fear of intimacy. For example, potential symptoms of this form of relationship disorder include: \tFear of making a commitment to a long-term relationship \tDifficulty expressing affection toward your partner \tDifficulty feeling like \u201cyourself\u201d while with your partner \tFear of talking openly about serious emotional topics \tThe belief that your partner is too attached to you \tFear that your partner will come to rely on you \tFear of dealing with any problems within the relationship \tAvoidance of discussing painful personal topics \tFear of revealing your true wants and needs In some cases, the anxiety associated with a fear of intimacy may also result from the presence of social anxiety disorder. This condition, which the American Psychiatric Association officially views as a diagnosable mental health issue, also leads to excessive feelings of anxiety in any social situation that could potentially result in critical judgment from others or embarrassment. If you have a social anxiety disorder, the list of symptoms you may experience when faced with embarrassment or judgment includes: \tIntense self-consciousness \tTrembling or spasming muscles \tUnusually high sweat output \tNausea \tStomach distress \tBlushing Symptoms that can occur outside of an embarrassing or judgmental situation include: \tFear of social interactions (even potentially positive interactions) \tExtreme fear of what others might think \tA tendency to stay away from places where social interactions can occur \tWorrying about an upcoming situation or interaction well in advance Crucially, the presence of social anxiety disorder can also interfere with your ability to establish or maintain an intimate relationship. Love Addiction and the Symptoms of Relationship Disorders In the past, doctors and mental health experts believed that you could only become addicted to substances (i.e., drugs or alcohol). However, current research now indicates that you can also develop an addiction to harmful or dysfunctional behavior. The general term for this type of non-substance-based addiction is behavioral addiction. Love addiction is a relationship disorder that also falls within this larger category. A\u00a0person affected by love addiction develops an unshakable focus on finding and keeping the \u201cperfect\u201d intimate partner. Instead of contributing to feelings of security and safety, this focus decreases the ability to function well in at least some aspects of daily life. While no one knows for sure why love addiction occurs, many affected individuals had an unstable or non-nurturing relationship with a parent during childhood. For example, potential symptoms of this behavioral condition include: \tFrequently feeling needy while in a relationship \tCompulsively pursuing a mate when not in a relationship \tExperiencing feelings of anxiety about not being in a relationship \tAn inability to distinguish genuine intimacy from romance \tPursuing activities you don\u2019t like just to appeal to a partner \tAbandoning activities you do like just to appeal to a partner \tFrequent fear of being abandoned by an intimate partner \tA tendency to choose emotionally remote or abusive partners \tA tendency to choose physically abusive partners \tAn unwillingness to end a relationship, even in the face of emotional or physical abuse It\u2019s important to note that many of these issues can occur in the context of a healthy relationship. However, in cases of love addiction, the listed problems become a relationship disorder that dominates and distorts daily life. Call Promises Treatment Centers today at to begin your healing from the symptoms of relationship disorders.