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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-12-2019, 07:15 PM Thread Starter
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Improvement in my social anxiety


Hey everyone, Im new to this forum but I have been suffering with SAD due to some incidents in my childhood

However, ever since I went to university (engineering) I feel like its been constantly improving.

I basically force myself (similar to exposure therapy) to go out and interact with people

I was scared to even ask for a order, but since I was frequently exposed to it gets better.

I still get a little bit of heart racing and stuff but its been improving
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That is great, that sounds a lot like me. Ever since I went back to university, my social anxiety started improving too.
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That is great, that sounds a lot like me. Ever since I went back to university, my social anxiety started improving too.
Yea it works alot.


Also to anyone else reading this

A good way to help cope is to think: Do you want your life to be like this? really limited? will you give up on your dreams because of past traumas?

A good quote: Dont let the shadows of your past cover your future
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That’s so great! I also found that doing exposure therapy really worked for me (and sometimes even helped me realize why it was giving me so much anxiety in the first place!).
Baby steps 🙂
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Thatís so great! I also found that doing exposure therapy really worked for me (and sometimes even helped me realize why it was giving me so much anxiety in the first place!).
Baby steps 🙂

Yea, also, working in stressful situations HELP alot because, you eventually realize like, why am i stressing about something imaginary?
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Yea, also, working in stressful situations HELP alot because, you eventually realize like, why am i stressing about something imaginary?
Agreed. So many previously stressful situations have become normal now.
But I still struggle in highly stressful situations, haha *nervous laughter

And I really like what you wrote a little earlier:
''A good way to help cope is to think: Do you want your life to be like this? really limited? will you give up on your dreams because of past traumas?''

Really great advice! I find it helps to put things in perspective.
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Agreed. So many previously stressful situations have become normal now.
But I still struggle in highly stressful situations, haha *nervous laughter

And I really like what you wrote a little earlier:
''A good way to help cope is to think: Do you want your life to be like this? really limited? will you give up on your dreams because of past traumas?''

Really great advice! I find it helps to put things in perspective.
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That's great that your social anxiety is improving. It's honestly so brave to put yourself out there so much..

I've been trying this exposure thing and although I think my social anxiety has gone down a bit, I've been feeling even more sad and rejected because I can't be myself around people and I have a lot of nervous energy. I feel like whenever I talk to people they think I'm weird or awkward...any thoughts?
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I have the same problem tiffanyle. I've been thinking a combination of other things with the exposure therapy might help like meditation, and practicing working on my thinking with CBT and reflection.
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Realizing that life is so much better with control over your social anxiety is good.
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This is good! It's important to keep at it. Push yourself to do more and explore more areas. That way you'll learn more about yourself too.
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That's great that your social anxiety is improving. It's honestly so brave to put yourself out there so much..

I've been trying this exposure thing and although I think my social anxiety has gone down a bit, I've been feeling even more sad and rejected because I can't be myself around people and I have a lot of nervous energy. I feel like whenever I talk to people they think I'm weird or awkward...any thoughts?
That is interesting.

Well that happens to me frequently too but it's very much more complicated in my scenario.


For a short period of time, I get super energetic and confident,

Then my anxiety gets super worse at some point.
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