Social Anxiety

HippieFeet HippieFeet
Do you suffer from social anxiety disorder? I was diagnosed about 10 years ago. I feel like it's only getting worse
What do you do that helps you with yours? Doctors? Medications? Therapy?
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michael scofield michael scofield
Originally posted by HippieFeet
Do you suffer from social anxiety disorder? I was diagnosed about 10 years ago. I feel like it's only getting worse
What do you do that helps you with yours? Doctors? Medications? Therapy?
i have it also and feel it is also getting worse i go to therapy and it don't work and i have tried medications it doesnt work!
Vanille Vanille
I deal with it. I power through it. I go to an anime convention every year to 'force' myself to interact with people.
- Kira - - Kira -
I used to have agoraphobia on top of social anxiety. I've worked it down to just minor social anxiety. Basically I take meds and try to do some exposure therapy when I can. The exposure therapy helps a lot, but it's tough to do.

I try to limit myself on going out and being in large groups. I know I'll get overwhelmed, so I set time limits on how long I'm willing to be in those situations. My therapist tells me to stay through the overwhelming feelings, so I try to get past them and then go after that.
Taylor Taylor
Yeah I am in treatment for it right now. It is hard

Right now I'm feeling pretty discouraged about it and feel like nothing is helping. I hope this gets turned around soon.
LusciousLollypop LusciousLollypop
Social Anxiety Disorder is something that a lot of people live with. I definitely have that and I know that it is really rough. I don't leave the house much and I usually freak out in large crowds. I'm talking about going to walmart and breaking down and crying. Grocery shopping is hard. I buy a lot of stuff online.

For treatment, I'm on medication. I take sedatives when I leave the house but it doesn't always help. I'm also on an anti-depressant but that just minimizes the crying, but doesn't help when I'm having an anxiety attack.

I used to be in therapy but it didn't really work. I would suggest talking to your doctor about some sedatives. I know it isn't fun being a zombie but it is a hell of a lot better to be calm then to freak out whenever you leave the house. You take the good with the bad. I have major panic attacks frequently, so I totally know what you are going through.

If you need to talk, don't hesitate to send me a message. I'm here for you.
Feisty Feisty
i dont. i hope you can figure out what works well for you
KyotoAngel KyotoAngel
Mine hasn't been diagnosed (haven't been to a psychiatrist in over five years even though I'm supposed to go regularly) but I think once our living situation becomes normal again I can probably get back to a functioning level of social interaction with a little DIY exposure therapy.
Do emu Do emu
I'm seriously considering a therapist because of how crushing it's becoming. I work in customer service, where I'm forced to deal with other people's crap and can't talk back to them. Somehow I internalize their problems, and along with my social anxiety, it's making me miserable.
sillylilkitten sillylilkitten
I definitely have a lot of social phobia. Currently nothing helps. I can only socialize through the internet, and even then it's still a bit of a struggle. I've never been able to get a job because I'm too afraid to talk to people or put myself out there, and if a class mentions that participation is a part of the grade, I drop it because I know I'll fail otherwise. I was on medication for my depression, and it was supposed to help anxiety, but it never did anything for my social phobia. Trying to force myself to socialize doesn't help at best, and makes things even harder at worst. It's just generally not fun.
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I have social anxiety and anxiety in general. They thought putting me on medicine back when I was 14 would help. It took away my appetite which led me to think I had a eating disorder ._. Two to be exact. My mom took me off of them when I was 18 and I gained my weight back and I've been doing well. Now I just simply stay the hell inside, but I need a job, so I need to buck up and learn to really control my anxiety.
Living Doll Living Doll
I have social anxiety. I try to just suck it up and deal but it's hard sometimes.
Cosmonaut Cosmonaut
Yeah...big time. I just try to ignore it and remain positive. I also have been trying binaural beats/isochronic tones for anxiety to help. Meditation really helps me.

I sometimes pretend I am an actress. I am me, but a more brave version...and I play that role. Bring out/create another personality to cope.

Just believe in yourself that you are conquering it. Try to stay away from medications unless you really feel like you need it.
Chilipepper Chilipepper
Definitely have it - the introvert nature has me wiped out after being around crowds for just twenty minutes. Not to mention I feel very agitated in crowds ... I think that's just how my in-born anger channels the anxiety.

I hate going out unless it's on my terms, but Life isn't like that - I've had to learn to live with it. I'm on meds (for this and dysthymia), which makes me conscious of what I'm doing, so it helps a bit. I like my Space.

Oh, and I absolutely hated working retail and food service with all the noise and chaos and bustling. The wild energy had me on edge my whole shift, and I felt like screaming and crying when I left for the day ... I've always had to find more legitimate reasons to resign since I can't very well put on applications "couldn't handle the stress".
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