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PeterO 08-02-2019 04:22 PM

Hello from D.C.

I have just found out about this forum. I am a 44-year-old Washington, D.C. resident, and I've dealt with mild chronic depression (dysthymia), general anxiety, and social anxiety since adolescence -- with the depression coming first, and the anxiety building later. I actually have a very satisfying life -- I have been married for a long time, and have two sons with whom I have very good relationships. I have a decent job I (mostly) like, I have found some ways to volunteer and engage in activism that do not stress out my anxieties too much, and I am involved in community/amateur and low-low-low-level professional theatre.

My social anxiety has been worse over the past couple of years, but I have learned to work with it even as I work against it. I challenge myself to overcome it when it prevents me from doing things I would like to do, but I also no longer beat myself up about just wanting to stay home or not interact with people or ignore a ringing phone or a knock at the door.

I had been somewhat active on a couple of Facebook social anxiety and Highly Sensitive Person groups, but Facebook created more anxiety than joy for me, and I have growing issues with the company itself, so I've shut down permanently. (I do post on Twitter occasionally at @PeterO rvetti .)

Toad Licker 08-03-2019 09:51 AM

Hey Peter, welcome to SAS. :popcorn

chrisinmd 08-03-2019 11:42 AM

Welcome. Im your neighbor. I live in Maryland. Gaithersburg area. About 10 miles down the road. So how does SA effect you negatively on a daily basis? Trouble making friends? Giving presentations at work?

PeterO 08-04-2019 10:34 PM

Hmm. I'm not sure how SA affects me on a day-to-day basis, really. I've learned a lot of coping mechanisms, and I've learned to just avoid things that are likely to set it off if there is no compelling reason to not do so.

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