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BiLLaBaBy017
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Ok so it's a problem for me to get/keep friends. I'm very shy once you first meet me, but then after I get to know you better I warm up. But I also think that people see that I'm very vulnerable. I want to be able to have a good time when I go somewhere, if I go to a friends house I just kind of keep to myself, and I don't wanna do that, I want to be able to break out of my shell, and I'm hoping someone here can give me some tips.

I have had a lot going on with my husband lately, so maybe that's why I'm so bottled up.. I don't know. My main point is that I want to be able to get friends and actually keep them. I'm such a nice person, and I would do anything for my friends (the ones that I have). Once people notice that I'm a nice person they tend to take advantage of my friendship. It often ends up in no friendship at all after awhile.

A new guy friend that I met while at work told me that I need to stop looking so sad all the time, I can't see what my facial expressions are, and maybe I am looking sad, but I don't wanna look like that! Before I got married I was such a bubbly person, great personality, making jokes and laughing. Maybe it's part of my bipolar that I'm acting so... not me.

Anyone help? Thanks!

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Heather
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Part of friendship is not being a fair-weather friend and cherishing your friends whether they're high or low. You've been through a lot, and apparently are still in the battle, so it's pretty unreasonable to expect you (or to expect yourself) to be Little Miss Sunshine right now, eh? [Smile]

Who are the friends right now you want to get closer to, and what do you usually do together? How aware are your friends of your situation?

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