I have been dealing with sad for a great deal of my life. Unfortunately, this disorder, as many of you can empathize, has resulted in the loss of a great chunk of my life; time which could have been filled with new experiences and great memories. Even with such heavy regret, I feel content with maintaining this detrimental lifestyle, as I feel comforted by the isolation I've long grown accustomed to. However, I do hope to one day find the courage to seek professional help. In the meantime, I am very happy to have found this site and forum! Reading through people's posts, I'm finding that a lot of you are going through very similar experiences as myself, which comforts me dearly. I've also noticed that the majority of the posts I've read are extremely well written, which I attribute to the comfort we feel in expressing ourselves and our emotions through our writing, rather than verbally. This is the medium that I too prefer, as I find myself constantly stumbling through and mispronouncing words when conversing with those I am not familiar with. The height of fear I feel every time I must endure socializing with others is something that I wouldn't wish on anyone. Hopefully, we can all find solace in overcoming this disorder in our futures.