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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-23-2010, 09:12 PM Thread Starter
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Hi everybody! I'm Soris. I'm 22 (almost 23) years old and I live in the desolate barren northern wasteland known as Fort McMurray, Alberta, in Canada.

I was "diagnosed" with SAD when I was 13. In quotations, because my childhood therapist suggested to my mother that there was a high chance that I was suffering from it, but I was never officially diagnosed. I had speech problems in my younger years, and combining that with the relentless bullying I went through in my school years, my social anxiety only got worse.

SA has pretty much ruined my life. The thought of speaking in public terrifies me to no end, I have an extreme phobia of talking to people on the telephone, as well as a really bad fear of failure. I can't stand doing any form of eye contact, and I'm constantly bombarded with paranoid thoughts about what people may be thinking of me. Because of this, I have a hard time making and keeping friends, going out in public, and finding/keeping a job that involves dealing with people.

What embarrasses me the most is the fact that I'll be 23 in a month, and have never had a boyfriend, or had my first kiss. I have had feelings for a guy I met during my college internship (which didn't go well, I might add) 9 months ago, and I'm too afraid to tell him because of my anxiety and fear of failure.

Anyhow, I'll stop boring you, and end my rant here. I hope to see you all around the forum during my time here!
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Welcome to sas. I am too afraid to tell someone I like them too. Or even talk to someone new which I find attractive. I have no self confidence when it comes other people.

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Hey Soris, welcome to

Even if our scars donít match thereís no wrong you canít make better if you can figure out a way to change your mind.

And sure thereís things I regret not doing or doing. Those thoughts climb my spine like spiders, and then Iím really the stranger in my own bed,

and that ball of nervous gets pushed into every crack. Thatís whatís holding the bricks together.

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