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Date Joined Dec 2006
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   Posted 1/24/2007 8:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone,
I've had major problems with anxiety for as long as I can remember. Well, more specifically it's social anxiety; I'm terrified of crowds, having to talk to strangers, new social situations etc. I get so panicked about these things that it is extremely difficult for me to find a job without worrying about what everyone will think of me and the possibility that I'll be mocked and things like that.
I went on anti-depressants recently and now I'm feeling a bit better mentally I feel I really want to tackle my problems with social anxiety. I'm forcing myself to go outside at least once a day when it's light (being unemployed it's all too easy to stay indoors and hide away). I can now walk into the town centre without feeling too anxious and I'm able to buy a newspaper without feeling too anxious. Phonecalls are still awful, I can barely pick up the phone to speak to someone because my hands shake so much and my mouth gets dry from fear, so I suppose that will be the next thing I need to tackle.
How does everyone else handle their anxiety?

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Date Joined Jan 2006
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   Posted 1/24/2007 10:07 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Polly,

I take Effexor and that has really helped me with my anxiety.

I have also learned to manage my anxiety through learning relaxation techniques and breathing exercises.  I find that exercise is great for anxiety and sometimes hobbies such as painting and drawing can relax me.  I have learnt to tell myself that what I am experiencing will not harm me and it will go away.

Anxiety = Adrenaline   Adrenaline = Hormone

I tell myself that anxiety will not last and it will go away.  Once its reached its peak, it will start to come back down and I will feel better.  It took me a long time to talk myself into this but it does help me to get trhough it.

Take care

Victoria x


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   Posted 1/24/2007 11:23 AM (GMT -6)   
learning to relax and being with people is important, go to shopping centres, etc where the people are

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   Posted 1/25/2007 10:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to HW
You are ding great so far making yourself go out and just get a paper is a step in the right direction
Victoria has given great advice as well
I try to do as many things to keep mind off of this a/p as possible
Have you tried CBT( cognitive behaviour Therapy ) ? a free online one is MoodGymsTraining
Many on here have success with tha myself included changes ways and pattrns of thinking
Give it a shot what have ya got to lose
Also in yellow at the side is HW resources..........go to there and you will find plenty of info as well
Books by Claire Weekes are very good a long time sufferer herself ........
Read back on alot of the old and new threads
Now you are not alone and you have a support system in place
I think you are on the right track to finding ways to fight this DD
Post and let us know how you make out okay
You take care
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   Posted 1/25/2007 10:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello Polly
Welcome to HW were happy you have joined our little family here I just wish we all got here under better conditions. It won't take you long to get to know everyone and soon will be calling them your friends. You will find everyone so supportive. You have already reviced some great advice so please post often so we all know how your doing.
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