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does having social anxiety make you not hungry?

when i used to go to school and when im at work and stuff and people are around. when i go home and am by myself i am starving and eat anything i can find. then when i go to work im not hungry at all. i am afraid to eat infront of people so is this like my bodys way of coping with the anxiety? do other people get this when they are around other people besides family?
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Re: does having social anxiety make you not hungry?

ive had depression make me not hungry but i dont think anxiety does that. However anxiety does make me sick to my stomach sometimes.

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Re: does having social anxiety make you not hungry?

I don't think I've ever been too afraid to eat in front of people, but school & work made me not have much of an appetite and when I did eat anything there, it just went straight through me anyway due to being too nervous. I was trying on some old clothes awhile back--clothes from when I used to work and some of them don't even fit me now(which right now my stomach is so big nothing fits--but alot of my clothes at least go over my butt--they just won't zip/button... but some of the clothes I had from work won't even go on at all...so that shows me that work made me alot skinnier because of how sick I always stayed.
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Re: does having social anxiety make you not hungry?

I'm always ready to eat.
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Re: does having social anxiety make you not hungry?

Days when i have panic attacks or really severe anxiety i eat liitle because of anxiety. Same thing for days when im really depressed. I just dont have an appetite.

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Re: does having social anxiety make you not hungry?

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Days when i have panic attacks or really severe anxiety i eat liitle because of anxiety.

I'm not very good at this whole "socializing" fad.
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Re: does having social anxiety make you not hungry?

I can pretty much count on being hungry every few hours under any condition.
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Re: does having social anxiety make you not hungry?

I think depression makes you lose your appetite. Or medication.
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Re: does having social anxiety make you not hungry?

I never feel hungry when I'm around people other than my family, regardless of how long it's been since I last ate (I even once had someone accuse me of being anorexic because they never saw me eat). As you say, I'd guess it's a kind of coping mechanism whereby your brain just ignores the fact that you're hungry so you don't have to put yourself in an anxiety-inducing situation.
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Re: does having social anxiety make you not hungry?

When I worked I found it really stressful, and completely lost my appetite. I lost a crazy amount of weight in about 4 months, and gained it all back when I stopped working.

Generally, I find when I'm stressed or nervous, eating takes my mind off it.

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Nope, has never really affected my appetite.
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Re: does having social anxiety make you not hungry?

SA affects people differently in a multitude of ways. Some people compensate by 'trying to hard', others have other things that link in with SA.

A friend i work with has SA, she's highly sociable and is very chatty.My friend also didn't like eating around others and so developed an eating disorder.

Another friend of mine who has SA, he has 'performance anxiety' associated with his SA and so avoids women completely and does not feel attracted to them because of it.

It can affect our physiology, so our body will 'not let us' do something. It's our body's way of saying "hey, im anxious" so we are tense, muscles tighten and restrict, certain chemicals aren't released etc.

When you learn to lessen that anxiety, your appetite will come back, as your body will not be on 'red alert'.

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2. Our body & mind freak out, a strong sense of self needs protection.
3. 'What others think' - is a key concept in our mind which can be deconstructed so that it doesn't seem so threatening to our self, hence we need less protection, hence less anxiety alarm.
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Re: does having social anxiety make you not hungry?

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Days when i have panic attacks or really severe anxiety i eat liitle because of anxiety.
I second that ditto. But for some reason depression always made me wanna eat more.
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I wish my SA would make me lose my appetite. Maybe I would be able to lose some weight I put on over the years.

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I wish my SA would make me lose my appetite. Maybe I would be able to lose some weight I put on over the years.

I'm an eater, especially if I'm bored stuck at home. I feel pressure to eat around people e.g. if they offer me food at their house I find it hard to say no.
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Re: does having social anxiety make you not hungry?

thats exactly how i feel solus. i could go on forever if im around people. i dont even feel hungry. like thinking about food makes me feel sick
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Days when i have panic attacks or really severe anxiety i eat liitle because of anxiety. Same thing for days when im really depressed. I just dont have an appetite.
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thats exactly how i feel solus. i could go on forever if im around people. i dont even feel hungry. like thinking about food makes me feel sick
Same here and then the longer you don't eat hunger turns to feeling sick aswell. It irritates me when people talk about food and how they love eating like it proves something, like it's a normal thing to do because it's not normal for me it's hard. And it irritates me when people tell me I have to eat or I'll feel better if I eat... I won't feel better it makes me sick. I'm trying to train myself, force myself to eat a little bit just to keep me going. I know what you mean when you say you get hungry when you get home, I do too but I think it's like I've been hungry the whole time but too stressed to feel it.
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It irritates me when people talk about food and how they love eating like it proves something, like it's a normal thing to do
I'm sorry I joked but I only meant to say I comfort eat because of anxiety/depression and I'm trying really hard to be healthy and eat less.
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Re: does having social anxiety make you not hungry?

omg I didn't mean you!
I'm so sorry, that sounded really rude I didn't mean it to.
I meant some people I know would say it to make a point I didn't mean you were trying to prove something, not what you said.

This guy I was talking to the other day was going on about food and I was like... you're making me feel sick.
Anyway it IS a normal thing to eat lol.
Everyone has their own little issues, I know that.

(sorry if I offended you)
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