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Social anxiety disorder

Posted by on Jan. 8, 2014 at 4:22 PM
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If you suffer from this, what do you do to reduce your symptoms?

by on Jan. 8, 2014 at 4:22 PM
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ashleighmama
by on Jan. 8, 2014 at 4:34 PM
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I don't go out much, I don't really have friends except my online friends. When I do go out, I take deep breaths and talk myself through the situation until i get home to my safe haven. Not really a great way to live life, but it's my life.

Christa4924
by Member on Jan. 8, 2014 at 5:57 PM

 When I finally got brave enough, I joined Toastmasters.  It helps quite a bit.

gonecrazi
by Silver Member on Jan. 8, 2014 at 6:25 PM

 I try not to go out if I don't have to. When I do I make sure I have my Ativan handy..

Tracys2
by on Jan. 8, 2014 at 6:31 PM

I have another friend who joined Toastmasters, heard about it a couple months ago. Second time in my life I'd heard of the organisation. Is it a Canadian thing? He loves it too.

Me, I take breaks to retreat to a bathroom or book or car. I struggle a lot, especially when there are people in my house I should be entertaining, because my parents never entertained and I wasn't invited much of anywhere, so I really don't know HOW to do a lot of social stuff. I can listen to music during those times as well, or exercise if the weather is nice, which always calms me down.

I don't get issues from anything except being supposed to entertain/make friends with people, or "getting in trouble" (ie messing up and making people unnecessarily unahppy). I can speak in front of crowds and roll my eyes at bishops with no thoughts. So, I arrange it so I have to entertain almost never, and don't go to parties, etc. I do socialise with very tiny groups and can do business meetings.

AkashaGermaine
by on Jan. 8, 2014 at 6:46 PM
I'm okay as long as I don't have to interact with people. I'm sure the cashiers at my local stores probably think I'm stuck up, but I'm just keeping from having an anxiety attack. I still smile, and try to keep from being rude, but just don't converse.
Christa4924
by Member on Jan. 8, 2014 at 7:14 PM

 I think Toastmasters is all over the world.  

Quoting Tracys2:

I have another friend who joined Toastmasters, heard about it a couple months ago. Second time in my life I'd heard of the organisation. Is it a Canadian thing? He loves it too.

Me, I take breaks to retreat to a bathroom or book or car. I struggle a lot, especially when there are people in my house I should be entertaining, because my parents never entertained and I wasn't invited much of anywhere, so I really don't know HOW to do a lot of social stuff. I can listen to music during those times as well, or exercise if the weather is nice, which always calms me down.

I don't get issues from anything except being supposed to entertain/make friends with people, or "getting in trouble" (ie messing up and making people unnecessarily unahppy). I can speak in front of crowds and roll my eyes at bishops with no thoughts. So, I arrange it so I have to entertain almost never, and don't go to parties, etc. I do socialise with very tiny groups and can do business meetings.

 

zboys
by Gold Member on Jan. 9, 2014 at 5:10 AM

My parents used to be in Toastmasters here in AZ.

Quoting Christa4924:

 I think Toastmasters is all over the world.  

Quoting Tracys2:

I have another friend who joined Toastmasters, heard about it a couple months ago. Second time in my life I'd heard of the organisation. Is it a Canadian thing? He loves it too.

Me, I take breaks to retreat to a bathroom or book or car. I struggle a lot, especially when there are people in my house I should be entertaining, because my parents never entertained and I wasn't invited much of anywhere, so I really don't know HOW to do a lot of social stuff. I can listen to music during those times as well, or exercise if the weather is nice, which always calms me down.

I don't get issues from anything except being supposed to entertain/make friends with people, or "getting in trouble" (ie messing up and making people unnecessarily unahppy). I can speak in front of crowds and roll my eyes at bishops with no thoughts. So, I arrange it so I have to entertain almost never, and don't go to parties, etc. I do socialise with very tiny groups and can do business meetings.

 


zboys
by Gold Member on Jan. 9, 2014 at 5:11 AM
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Now I don't feel so bad after reading everybody's comments.  When I have to go into an office, I put a tic tac in my mouth to help me relax.

Rampgirl04
by on Jan. 9, 2014 at 8:17 AM

Yes, I do to a point.  In fact probably more than I think.  I like to go out in public and be in a crowd, however I'm very self conscious and mostlykeep to myself because of the fear of being judged by others. 

happyolechimp
by Silver Member on Jan. 9, 2014 at 8:20 AM
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i look at my inability to feel at ease in a social situation...as a good choice instead of a disability...that way..i do not feel as if im missing anything...
i remind myself of how rude and selfish some people are...
im okay with not being around them...or letting myself feel the need... :-)
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