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Why is it worse on some days than others?

Hello, I have had this weird social anxiety problem that waxes and wanes. For example, I'll be fine in public for a few weeks and even feel good in public. However, the next day I might feel very nervous and shaky while in public and be very self conscious when people look at me. I really have no idea how I'll feel when I wake up in the morning.

Anyone know why it waxes and wanes like this? Why do I feel good on certain days and bad on others, with no factors contributing to my moods?
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Try to recollect your activities the day before a good one. So days that your feeling well, try to see what things you did different the day before.

Other times it can be just mood and how things unfold throughout your day.
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There seems to be a connection between energy and SA (at least for me). I tend to have more SA on days in which I'm tired. I attribute this to the fact that my mind slows down when I'm tired, which gives me more time to think. The more I think the more my thoughts tend to drift towards "What does he/she think of me", "Will I sound stupid if I speak to he/she", etc.

So for me if I'm tired/depressed I tend to have greater SA then when I'm hyper. When I'm hyper (or energetic) I don't care what people think and go with what my gut tells me, rather than my mind.
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I have that problem except it goes from good to bad several times a day. So frustrating and completely unpredictable.
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The less I socialize the worse it gets.
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Unfortunately for me, its so hard to pinpoint why you feel good during the up times. When I start thinking about it too much that I start to go downhill.
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It's usually based on my mood. If I'm in a good mood I talk too much. Others not so often.
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I could never figure it out. There would be a day or two when I felt like a perfectly normal, socialble person, and then I would sink back into SA. I was always trying to remember what my diet had been, etc just before the SA-free days to see if there was something I could do to help my condition, but I never came up with anything.
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I would say that is a normal thing, most people I notice will withdraw every now and then. Everyone just has a bad day. The thing is keep trying.
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This is pretty normal of any disorder. There are always going to be good days and bad days.

There are days when I feel like I can conquer the world, and other days I feel like hiding forever.

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post #12 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-21-2011, 10:52 PM
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i can relate. Today was a really bad SA day. Yesterday wasnt. Hopefully tomorrow wont be.
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Today alone my mood has been flunctuating from feeling confident and smiling with the people around me, to getting very anxious and on the verge of tears just a few hours later. Everything around me seems normal aswell but my mind has been producing all these emotions already for no real reason.
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I also agree that it is pretty normal to experience that. But for me I always tend to dwell on the bad days...it's tough to have any ounce of optimism those days. When or if I happen to experience a "good" day, I try to ride it out as long as possible. It makes me realize that no matter how difficult things get, I will always have tomorrow to try again.
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