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Date Joined Mar 2007
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   Posted 3/20/2007 7:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi my name is Angela & I am new to this message board. I am 27, shesssh had to think about that one hehe. Just turned 27 03/13 and I have decided to look for a lilttle help here on the topic Coping with anxiety. I think I have a slight problem of this social thing because i avoid big gatherings due to knowing i will have to talk to people . At work i get lil nervous. When I try to talk you can tell i dont feel comfortable with talking alot. Also I am in college & I have to write a 10 page term paper on a type of dysfunction so i chose social anxiety because i think it would be great to learn about it considering my symptoms , therefore any ideas on how to cope with social anxiety would be a big help or advice .... so ill end this post with a thank you & i have read some topics on here already . I think you all sound very supportive & I just might have to stay in the family even after my term paper to give advice back :) thanks again you all :)

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Date Joined Nov 2006
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   Posted 3/20/2007 9:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, good luck to you.

I'll be following this with interest because I've never really gotten over my social anxiety. I've had it since I was a little kid. I'm not sure about everyone, but mine stemmed from depression. It began as "just not fitting in", then went to lack of self confidence, and it just became habit. I had plenty of opportunities to get over it, but I guess part of me likes being a loner. I regret it now because my good friends are now dispersed all over the world, literally, and I have no idea how to make new ones.

I've always been very self-conscious around others but I'm not sure why. In my own head I don't lack self confidence, or at least I didn't before this anxiety/panic set in. It's still a mystery to me. Even if my newfound Klonopin works as advertised, I still have a lot of work to do before I can be the person I want to be. I've regressed quite a bit personally, and lately I've regressed professionally as well.

Since I obviously can't cope yet, I can't offer much in the way of advice. I will say that I think depression and anxiety are very closely related, and among anxiety sufferers social anxiety would have to be pretty common. Theoretically, I guess, coping would involve dealing with both depression and anxiety. During therapy the social anxiety element would have to be given special attention.

Again, I hope people respond to this because it's sure to be helpful for a lot of people.

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Date Joined Jul 2006
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   Posted 3/21/2007 12:53 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Angela and welcome!! happy birthday!! I suffer from social anxiety as well.  I didn'nt used to as a child but after I began having panic attacks I became scared of everything, including new people and places.  It got to the point where I was using alcohol to get through social events and even job interviews because I shake and stutter in front of strangers.  Even kids. 

My recovery from this kind of anxiety is coming in the form of counselling, cognitive behavioural therapy and the occasional valium.  I think in some parts it's genetic, my aunt has it too, and in other ways I believe a bad experience can set it off.  Or make it worse.  I wish you all the best for your paper!! Sounds like quite a task.

I alone can do this, but I cannot do it alone. 

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Date Joined Jan 2005
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   Posted 3/21/2007 8:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Angela
Wondering here IF you are suffering from this or do you need the input for your term paper there is a big diiference
This is a great support system and I am sure we could all help you out but I would like to know if you do suffer from this or is is for school ....not attacking you lol just wondering minds gotta know
Your topic is .Just an Introduction> yet you are asking for input thats why I am asking
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