Hi people, to start with I will give you a brief introduction about myself.
I am a 19 year old female, who has always been extremely shy and found it very difficult to talk to people. In social situations I have been prone to panic attacks, and held many specific irrational fears, such as buying a drink at the bar if I thought the bar man might know me. Also, every time I saw someone I knew in town I would run into a shop in order to avoid them.
In all honestly, I am not completely over social anxiety now and would still rather avoid somebody that I know than go and talk to them, but I have got over it to quite an extent and would like to share with you how.
I started researching social anxiety on the internet after having panic attacks, and found that a lot of the websites I was coming accross, after the initial recognition of the symptoms, were little help.
However then I came across one which really did help me.
It provided a ladder in which you put all of your situations that you can't currently handle, starting with reachable ones and ending with ones that at the moment of writing, seem impossible!
This also really made me think just how logical this is, as it also explains how social anxiety is a cycle, I came to the conclusion that:
The only way to get out of a circle is up a ladder, one step at a time.
When I reached the top of my ladder I was euphoric!
SOCIAL ANXIETY HANDOUT
I really hope that this handout helps you as much as it did me, I will admit that I do still suffer with social anxiety, but it really did help a lot and I really felt a sense of self improvement!
I am also a songwriter and wondered if anybody would like to listen to my song "Social Freak
" Which is, believe it or not about social anxiety!
You can listen to the song HERE
or watch a video HERE
Thanks for reading and really hope it helps,
Good luck everybody,