I am much better at restaurants now, but I can still get anxious sometimes if it noisy and I can't hear myself talk. Hospitals are okay too, but I certainly don't blame you for being anxious in those. Lots of sick people around.
Answering the door
Checking the mail
Taking out trash
Walking towards other people
Any kind of appointments. Doesn't matter what it is
People having any kind of expectations of what I should be doing at any given moment
Being asked about anything personal by people who don't know me at all
Having to speak to a crowd/group that I'm not familiar with. Individuals are largely fine for me, but groups always draw out people's innate cruelty and stupidity, I find.
Speaking on the phone in general.
Video calls, conferences: oh hell no. You could promise to pay me a year's worth of my income and I'd still have to think long and hard whether to go through with a 5-minute session of one of these. I think I have a legit phobia of webcams and you better believe that taping it up is the first thing I do when I get a new machine.
Conference calls where I have to talk to the group. I would rather endure significant levels of physical pain for the entire length of the call rather than have to talk for even 60 seconds.
I've said pretty much exactly this about speaking in front of groups of people in any way. Given the choice between either for equal amounts of time I would 100% rather have cigarettes put out on my feet. Posted via Mobile Device
Places I feel trapped in or obligated to stay with others in close proximity, performance anxiety I guess, making conversation, how much eye contact, physical contact, queues, checkouts, feeling pressure to maintain a certain level of social etiquette while eating etc
All the overthinking madness :-).. sometimes I can contain it so it's nothing more than gale force, sometimes it becomes a spiral demon tornado.
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools the way to dusty death Out, out, brief candle! Life's but a walking shadow, A poor player that strut's and fret's his hour upon the stage and is heard no more, It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. - Macbeth
things that actually make me anxious are things I can't avoid. like a flatmates birthday party that i dont know about and stumble into. and being forced to do things like work interactions. also things that I've wanted to do regardless of anxiety like dating, or going to a meetup. I used to feel obligated to do things with family like xmas etc but i dont feel obligated anymore and it was always fairly awful.
there are a lot of things that I avoid but are fine when I actually do them.
I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples. ― Mother Teresa
"Many people need desperately to receive this message: 'I feel and think much as you do, care about many of the things you care about, although most people do not care about them. You are not alone.'" ― Kurt Vonnegut