Hello,i just registered to your forum.I am 18 years old and i am having a problem.I don't really know what it is,i thought you could probably help.
I was always considered to be a shy person and very sensitive.I have difficulty making eye contact with people.I can't look into their eyes for more than a few seconds,i have to try hard to do that.And i often get that ''frozen look''.Since i was younger i remember having anxiety problems,but maybe not so intense,or i just underestimated them and thought they would pass through time.My symptoms include:
-Heart pounding.My heart is beating so fast.I can't stop it.
-I also shake.Not very much,but it's recognizable.This creates me problems;i cannot really make facial expressions because i will look like stupid.
-I have difficulty talking.My voice shakes a lot,and this scaries me.I think it is embarassing.
These are my symptoms.I don't feel dizziness,nor sense of dying or anything like these stuff i have often read about.
This ''thing'' happens to me in various cases.For example
-if i have to make an oral presentation(even if it's for people i see everyday or really often).
-oral exams at school.
-introducing myself in a classroom for a first time.
The more i wait to introduce myself,the more anxious I get and all these symptoms happen.
This is something i don't know when it really happens.It happened once when i wanted to call my godfather through skype to wish him for his birthday.It happens when i want to call a girl and i see her as more than a friend.For example if i think that something is going on between us or if i think i want a relationship with her,i get that anxiety.As a result,i can't really propose a girl to go out with me.Everytime i was thinking about it,my anxiety made it impossible to make it.I never had a relationship before.Another example,i got that anxiety when it was my birthday and about 30 people were singing happy birthday to me.There are also other occasions which i don't remember.
The most important thing is,in my opinion,that my anxiety is excessive given the circumstances.I see all my friends and all my schoolmates being relaxed in situations i am so much anxious about.
It has happened to me about 7-8 times the last 4 months
I have never told anyone before about this.
Another information you maybe want to know,i am also a very good student,i have always been a great student and i know that,the thing in my life right now that concerns me the most is this anxiety
.It's incredibly annoying.I have done no drugs,i don't drink much alcohol and i just don't know what is wrong.I have tried to stop it.With positive thoughts,thinking that i am strong and i don't fear anything,or thinking that i don't care about what other people think of me.It just doesn't stop.
I am so sorry for my long text...i hope i didn't get you tired.I would be gladful if you answered to my post.What exactly do i have?Is that social anxiety?Can it really be treated with CBT?Does anyone else here have the exact same symptoms?
I am willing to do everything it takes to stop these anxiety feelings.Thank you for your understanding