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Date Joined Jun 2009
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   Posted 6/7/2009 11:23 PM (GMT -6)   
The alarm goes off,the snooze gets hit several times,and then it's time to get up out of bed,sometimes wishing I could just lay there all day,or atleast stay indoors. I suffer major social anxiety,even taking my meds, I still have panic attacks. Driving,going out to eat,church,etc. I always feel like people are talking about me,or thinking oh looks like that guy is nervous and out of place. This sounds silly but all my cars in the past ten years have had dark tinted windows,like its some sort of force field. I always put on a poker face,showing that im fine but inside i'm freakin out. When it's time for bed,I toss and turn,have racing thoughts,of things from earlier in the day, past,and even things to come. I just wish,hope,and pray that I could stop taking all meds. and feel normal at all times,and all situations.

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Date Joined Jun 2009
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   Posted 6/9/2009 7:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Try looking into natural source. I went on anti-candida regimen after sawing the correlation between candida and anxiety attacks and i'm good now

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Date Joined Jun 2009
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   Posted 6/9/2009 8:53 AM (GMT -6)   
I feel like you just wrote a story about me. I have fears of people talking about me and laughing at me. I could be in the store and somone 2 lanes over could be laughing but I think that they are talking about me. I have a hard time on the phone too. Sounds stupid because they can not see me but I feel as though once I hang up the phone they are going to be talking about me. I have over come this one time and it was hard I wont lie. I had to force myself to do things little things like go to a store for one item and leave once I did little tasks I moved on to bigger ones like going to church or school because each thing I did gave me more confidence. I was also exercising at the time in my home but it made me feel good and that people could not say that I am fat because I was loosing weight and I also slept better. Just some suggestions on how I could go out in public and sleep better. I now have the anxity back because I waited to long to start working on it and I am slowly but surely getting out of the house and trying to face my fears. Oh yeah and one other thing that helps me is to have a friend or a loved one with you so you do not feel so alone.


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   Posted 6/9/2009 12:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mike

Welcome to the forum good to meet you. Yes i can really relate to what you wrote in your post so you are not alone and we are here for you, this is a great forum were you can come and talk to people who are going through the same type of anxious feelings and we understand which is a great help. I have GAD & Depression and get all sorts of anxious feelings and racing thoughts and often wish I can get rid of these feelings and lead a more normal life, I do take medication and I am waiting to hear a start date for some talk therapy called CBT which has great results with people who have anxiety related mental health issues and could be something you could look into? I wish you all the best and do keep posting here to let us know how you are getting on.

Take Care


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Date Joined Mar 2009
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   Posted 6/9/2009 1:42 PM (GMT -6)   
My social anxiety is a little different. I could careless what people think of me. I'll go to the store in my pj's and not care if they match and someone laughs or stares at me.
I have a horrible disliking to confrontations. I will avoid talking to people because I don't like how things can turn into arguments or wars over things. I'm a very protecting person. And get defensive on the drop of a hat.
I'll avoid phone calls from people I don't know. Worried about getting yelled at and having to defend myself. I had to confront one of my bosses before about 2 other girls fighting over stupid things. And they were dragging me into it. Wanting me to chose which one I liked more. I had had enough and brought it up to the boss. Well he looked at me and said. "SO" That was all I got. For asking him to put an end to it. I ended up in tears. AGAIN over it. And it took me 3 weeks to get up the nerve to tell him I was uncomfortable.

I have been like this for many many years. I have gotten so defensive that I will make light of things just to make it easier for me.

To be able to talk to someone without thinking its gonna be a battle of wits sure would be nice. But I'm not sure I would know how to handle myself on a "normal" bases as this has become a part of who I am and I've accepted it. The down side. I can't even deal with my kids teachers.

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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 6/9/2009 5:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Conflict avoidance and worrying about other people's opinions of you are very common with anxiety disorder. Most books that deal with coping techniques tie this into low self-esteem and/or being overly sensitive. The key seems to be turning your "weakness" into a "strength". Avoiding conflict or being fearful that others see you negatively are indicators of strong empathy, meaning that you have the ability to relate to other peoples feelings. This is a GOOD thing! Imagine if everyone in the world was like you, being kind and considerate... the world would be a lot better place, wouldn't it?

Yes, there are jerks in the world. That's a part of life. But do you really care what a jerk thinks? Would you hang your self esteem entirely upon what a few insensitive, egotistical people think? EVERYONE is self-centered by nature, meaning that we are all wrapped up in our own thoughts and perceptions. So, being sensitive to others feelings makes us an exception to that rule. Even then, ask yourself how often do YOU really pay attention to what others are doing in a grocery store or out on the street. Seldom, if ever, right? So the real likelihood that anyone is making fun of you or paying attention to you IN A NEGATIVE WAY is virtually nil.

The bottom line is, you are a wonderful person... you just haven't accepted that yet =)

"Come to the edge," he said.
"We're afraid!" they replied.
"Come to the edge," he said.

He pushed them, and they flew...

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   Posted 6/10/2009 3:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Mike, I'm wondering if you're on the right medication? Talk to your doctor (preferably a therapist) about all you are feeling. See if there is a better medication for you. It sounds like you're really suffering! My heart goes out to you.......I hope you are in therapy. Also, find out if hypnosis might help you in some way!

Generalized Anxiety Disorder
60 mg. Prozac, Ativan as needed.
"The part can never be well unless the whole is well." Plato

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