I've always been sensitive (both in the 'good' ways, and in not so comfortable ways) but, after 15 years with these illnesses, I find myself hyper sensitive, especially to rejection, even a difficult interaction with someone and though I am already well into middle age, I do not experience peace of mind very often anymore, and I find myself more lonely and yearning, yet, when i try to form relationships with others, it's almost impossible now (plus in the last several years, my "support system" is much much smaller than before--due to losing friends, and the death of my mother) --I do make the effort, as much as I can, to meet new people and yet it's just not happening, and I dread each passing year now, as I live in poverty and sick and now, very very much alone (most of people around me are go go go and super busy and though I've reached out, they have their lives and no one seems to have "room" for me) --I no longer can work, and I no longer feel useful or wanted. I was invited to many things, now, no longer and most people don't want to really get to know me anymore--it's easy for someone to say "Oh,forget about them, who needs them?" but when you are this lonely and isolated, it's not easy. Most of us are social animals to one degree or the other, and it's not wrong to want to be a friend and have a friend. Thanks for listening!