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    Housebound for couple days ):

    #Anxiety #SocialAnxietyDisorder
    Fallen off the bike {of life} [again] due to injury this time & not being able to train at the gym; tried to return now that i’m physically better but it’s my head that’s now the problem (!) can’t face the small talk regarding my absence + also lost inner confidence through my fitness going out of the window [hero2zero! lol] felt so uncomfortable trying to ‘blag’ & ‘wing it’ on my return, just felt awful & have stopped training after 1+ week, i just couldn’t handle it & it’s now made me fall out of love with my ‘happy place’ which was also my ‘sticking-plaster’ in life that helped me to function day2day ): Also now dreading speaking with any of my neighbours (all who are all lovely people) & also avoiding my local shops ~ drove miles earlier to avoid possible contact with anybody that i may know, after 2 days of a self imposed lockdown {& having ran out of food supplies!} just parked-up at home, suffering; sitting in the dark of an evening pretending i’m not inn if anybody were to knock (!) i feel pathetic. Struggle with eye contact too, much more than i usually do, even with the cashier at shops. It’s making me feel broken ): i’m OK & at my best; on a phone (!) but in reality when sitting side-by-side somebody (passenger seat/drivers seat) communicating in a car, i hate sitting directly opposite anybody, especially at a meal table, that’s my worst scenario. Such a shame as i like people in general but at the moment just can’t ‘socially’ cope.
    Just ‘putting it out there’ for anybody else who may feel similar; you are not the only1!
    Struggled my whole life but since stopping the gym it’s become overwhelming again ): & is causing me to overthink with ‘negativity’ & has brought-on feelings of depression; inadequacy loss of confidence etc, although i would say i’m usually an upbeat, positive; supportive kind of person with average confidence. My mental illness is horrible when it hits. Alcohol helps whilst actually consuming it; i feel great & ‘normal’ but i know that’s not the long {nor short term} answer! Hoping for a change of weather soon, so to speak. Wishing the very best to everybody (:

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    Automatic negative self evaluations in social anxiety disorders


    Many people get nervous or self-conscious on occasion, like when giving a speech or interviewing for a new job. But social anxiety disorder, or social phobia, is more than just shyness or occasional nerves.

    Social anxiety disorder involves intense fear of certain social situations—especially situations that are unfamiliar or in which you feel you’ll be watched or evaluated by others. These situations may be so frightening that you get anxious just thinking about them or go to great lengths to avoid them, disrupting your life in the process.

    Underlying social anxiety disorder is the fear of being scrutinized, judged, or embarrassed in public. You may be afraid that people will think badly of you or that you won’t measure up in comparison to others.

    And even though you probably realize that your fears of being judged are at least somewhat irrational and overblown, you still can’t help feeling anxious. But no matter how painfully shy you may be and no matter how bad the butterflies, you can learn to be comfortable in social situations and reclaim your life.

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    Social anxiety model


    It's normal to feel nervous in some social situations. For example, going on a date or giving a presentation may cause that feeling of butterflies in your stomach. But in social anxiety disorder, also called social phobia, everyday interactions cause significant anxiety, self-consciousness and embarrassment because you fear being scrutinized or judged negatively by others.

    In social anxiety disorder, fear and anxiety lead to avoidance that can disrupt your life. Severe stress can affect your relationships, daily routines, work, school or other activities.

    Social anxiety disorder can be a chronic mental health condition, but learning coping skills in psychotherapy and taking medications can help you gain confidence and improve your ability to interact with others.

    Social anxiety disorder, also called social phobia, is a long-term and overwhelming fear of social situations.

    It's a common problem that usually starts during the teenage years. It can be very distressing and have a big impact on your life.

    For some people it gets better as they get older. But for many people it does not go away on its own without treatment.

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    Social anxiety


    Social anxiety disorder (SAD), also known as social phobia, is an anxiety disorder characterized by sentiments of fear and anxiety in social situations, causing considerable distress and impaired ability to function in at least some aspects of daily life.  These fears can be triggered by perceived or actual scrutiny from others. Individuals with social anxiety disorder fear negative evaluations from other people.

    Physical symptoms often include excessive blushing, excess sweating, trembling, palpitations, and nausea. Stammering may be present, along with rapid speech. Panic attacks can also occur under intense fear and discomfort. Some affected individuals may use alcohol or other drugs to reduce fears and inhibitions at social events. It is common for those with social phobia to self-medicate in this fashion, especially if they are undiagnosed, untreated, or both; this can lead to alcohol use disorder, eating disorders or other kinds of substance use disorders. SAD is sometimes referred to as an illness of lost opportunities where "individuals make major life choices to accommodate their illness".

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    I finally found the word that describes my fear

    Anthropophobia - the fear of other people

    "Anthropophobia can be part of a social anxiety disorder, but the two terms are not exactly the same. People with social anxiety disorder feel intense distress in social situations, such as going on a date or speaking to a waiter. People with anthropophobia feel afraid of people, regardless of setting.

    Their fear is specific to people, not specific to social settings."

    This is me!! This is why "social anxiety" as a term doesn't resonate! It's not about the social, it's about the other humans. The terrifying, terrifying humans.

    #MentalHealth #Anxiety #PanicAttacks #SocialAnxiety #Anthropophobia

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    Social anxiety disorder risk factors


    Social anxiety is a type of anxiety condition that makes people feel anxious or fearful in social settings.

    People who have social anxiety disorder might have a hard time meeting new people, talking to them, and possibly attending social events. Though they may know these are feelings of anxiety, they may still have difficulty overcoming them.

    This type of disorder can be debilitating on a persistent basis and affect one’s ability to work, study, and create close relationships with non-family members.

    Although there may be individual variations in response to a given situation, there are certain risk factors that might trigger social anxiety disorder

    -Family history of anxiety disorder in parents or siblings

    -Negative or traumatic experience, e.g., bullying at school

    -Temperamentally shy and timid, and socially withdrawn

    -Medical conditions such as stuttering, cosmetic disfiguration or tremors of hand

    -Social demands such as public speaking, meeting new persons at work

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    Social Anxiety Disorder

    I was just wondering if there are any groups that are mainly catered to social anxiety disorder? I've looked through all the groups and I cannot find one that specifically is about social anxiety disorder. Any help would be greatly appreciated! #social anxiety disorder #mental health warrior

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    I’m an introvert. I rather send and receive texts messages then answering the phone I will end the call literally while it rings. My friend who keeps calling doesn’t understand this. How do I explain to her I only feel comfortable texting? I do answer when my son or mom calls. I do answer when my psychiatrist calls and primary dr. Yes I was diagnosed with #SocialAnxietyDisorder . I can express myself and open up more just like I’m doing now. #MajorDepressiveDisorder #PTSD #GeneralizedAnxietyDisorde #SexualAbuse

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    My Suffering Social Life

    I have always been an introvert, that's true. But before bipolar and depression took over my life I at least had plans every weekend or offers to do things. Now I miss people, but I don't know how to get back to being social. I have social anxiety disorder too now, which doesn't help. And I don't drink, 12 years sober. So I go places by myself, to concerts and restuarants and movies. Torn between wanting to go home, wanting to drink like everyone else, and facing my phobia of public places. Not sure what the answer is. Anyone else have similar issues?

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    Is this manipulative or am I thinking too much?

    I am in hospital after overdosing on my psychiatric medicines. It was because of a few events that upsets me, and I got triggered after I try to seek console from my mother and she reply coldly that she cannot do anything to help me. I think she was upset with me because I bring up a mistake that she made but she insist that she didn’t do anything wrong. Usually she would visit me at the hospital. Today my father and younger sister are all free from work, my mother is a housewife. But they went out together and even dine at a restaurant. They posted photos of themselves in the family WhatsApp group. They did not visit me or even give me a text. Yes we live together and they are all aware I’m in hospital. I have a feeling my mother put them up to it because my father and younger sister always listens to her. Is this manipulation? Or am I overthinking?

    I try to ignore it but I still cried. Thoughts of harming myself comes to my mind because I’m upset. They always come to me when they need help. I was also always generous in spending money on them.

    Is kinship really such fragile and meaningless?

    #Depression #anxiety #socialanxiety#anxietydisorder #socialanxietydisorder #dependentpersonalitydisorder #paranoidpersonalitydisorder #avoidantpersonalitydisorder #borderlinepersonalitydisorder #psychosis #psychoticdisorder #delusionaldisorder #autismspectrumdisorder #mentalhealth #selfcare #memes

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