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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-02-2019, 04:22 PM Thread Starter
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Hello from D.C.


Hello!

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 .)
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-03-2019, 09:51 AM
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Hey Peter, welcome to SAS.

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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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-03-2019, 11:42 AM
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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?
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-04-2019, 10:34 PM Thread Starter
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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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