My name's Paul and I'm from the uk. I have been struggling with things for a while and I have finally opened up and have spoken to family and friends about this stuff I've been carrying with me for 30 years.

I opened up because I got into a serious relationship for the first time in 10 years and was freaking out with emotions and making my girlfriend feel worthless because I was so introverted and couldn't communicate. Unfortunately she has left me because of how I made her feel and I have now started counselling without her support which makes me feel so lonely.

Is this something that can happen? I wish I could have handled things better and loved her dearly but she is getting over me now because I pushed her too far.