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vardhan 12-28-2011 05:05 PM

I feel i am close to overcoming social phobia/ocd
The solution for me was to ignore the thoughts and seeing things clearly.

May we all come out of this rut...and help others too.

fayezrhapsody 12-29-2011 07:17 PM

To me getting out of my head so speak is a determining factor to eliminating anxiety.
There's different ways of doing that, sometimes it's creative outlets, sometimes physical activity.
However there is nothing that consistently helps me to control it, its more of a combination of things depending on the situation.
Guided self talk, as where I try to change my perspective (without ever directly opposing my previous one) has been my most efficient tool.
When all else fails I scratch myself till i bleed and smoke myself out. =P

Scattered Pieces 12-29-2011 07:35 PM

A lot of things have helped my SA :

1) Meds where the 'band-aid' for helping my anxiety. Zoloft + welbutrin , and ativan as needed. Along with tea's and calming herbs!

2) CBT , this might of been the most important step in helping my SA, without CBT, I am unsure how I would of gotten past a few of my fears! The therapist also was good to vent from too.

3) My service dog , They have been proven to boost self esteem, speed up or kick start recovery, and help with motivation! They are great with people with depression . Along with the work they do to help you recognize your over reactions! With Brownie, he alerts me before a panic attack *which helps a lot*.

frica 12-30-2011 02:49 AM

great story

trytrytry 03-26-2012 04:22 PM

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Slow Exposure Therapy and a Social Anxiety Workbook with my psychologist have helped a TON! get a good therapist... and you'll be amazed at how smart they're and know exactly what you're thinking!

afraid2goinpublic 05-07-2012 07:12 PM

This book has really helped me "Overcoming Anxiety and Depression" Practical tools to help you deal with negative emotions. by Bob Phillips I am not saying it is a cure for SA but it sure helped me alot! I was able to go shopping today and not take any meds to do it! It felt so good. No sweating no anxiety no pills no heart racing. It has alot of coping tools in it. I hope you guys give it a try and I hope it helps atleast one other person then my post is worth it! Thank you in advance . :)

The shy soldier 05-14-2012 05:25 AM

Please try Dr. Richard - Over coming social anxiety, step by step -Sessions
It consists of 20 sessions.
I am still trying his 1st technique which he calls: 'slow talk'. he thinks reducing the speed of our talking lessens our level of anxiety while conversing with other people, And he got that right!. it helps me on daily basis now...

Give it a try...

Drew 05-15-2012 12:48 AM


Originally Posted by The shy soldier (Post 1059934449)
Please try Dr. Richard - Over coming social anxiety, step by step -Sessions
It consists of 20 sessions.
I am still trying his 1st technique which he calls: 'slow talk'. he thinks reducing the speed of our talking lessens our level of anxiety while conversing with other people, And he got that right!. it helps me on daily basis now...

Give it a try...

I can also recommend this! :)

I went through a group based on his therapy and benefited enormously.

Invisiblehandicap 07-27-2012 05:48 PM

a) read lots of books on SA, depression, self improvement etc
b) use self help techniques + come up with own self help
c) Go on internet less
d) stop giving into obsessions (I dont have ocd, but have some minor obsessional thoughts + habits)
e) Think of each exposure as good. It is awesome that you have been given an opportunity by the universe to do exposure and improve yourself.
f) stop avoiding things that make you uncomfortable.
g) I tell myself to stop complaining and just do it. Stuff like that works.
h) You MUST learn to observe your habits and thoughts etc. What do you do that is not good for you? What can you do to improve, make yourself happier??

Omgblood 09-30-2012 12:20 PM

Medication to stop the physical symptoms and help stop the thoughts


Still in progress

pastels 09-30-2012 10:17 PM

did u get cbt from a book if so plz tell or did u go to a therapist for it?

annalucky 12-16-2012 04:07 AM

hi folks after suffering for years with anxiety and many different antidepressants that doctors kept giving me never had any effect,they gave me some short term diazepam that helped they said i could not be on these as they are addictive,i have got severe anxiety disorder,social anxiety,panic attacks and low mood,had to give up a good job 5 yrs ago because of this,cant look people in the eye or cant go to appoinments,or talk to people i dont know.if i go anywhere i last so long then i get a fear and have to run home anxiety is crippling,saw a therapist and couldnt work with her as couldnt do the tasks she asked,i have been put on olanzaine teva,i have not started them due to reading all the side effects,andbeen told if u miss a pill you get the shakes and vomit and more,can any one help me on this to put my mind at rest thanks

rawrguy 12-24-2012 08:45 PM

I personally can't stand self help books on social anxiety and shyness. I do not read on my leisure time and it's just not a rewarding experience for me. I feel that going out to a party or any type of social event would help me better than reading a whole book. Thing that helped me in the past: Zoloft, Benzos, CBT. Things that continue to help me: taking risperdal to prevent my bipolar disorder from turning my mood into suicidal depression or psychotic behavior,, exercise, positive attitude.

bugdrops 12-30-2012 01:03 AM

meditation, and doing what triggers me, but i was in love, and that helped aswell. only tried med's that wont do me no good this far, hope im going to get good help from lyrica if my doc prescribes it for me. no therapist have worked so far, and im in this institution now, been here for 2 months but they still havent started with treatment. and it seems i have just been getting a little bit worse lately, shame, i was doing very good in the beginning i dont know why... im not takin it good.

anthony54321 05-25-2013 06:35 AM

For some reason you keep classing me as a spammer and I am not, my last 4 or 5 posts have not been published,I have suffered with social anxiety and blushing for years and I have virtually overcome it, all I am trying to do is to help others,if you don't want me to contribute or help please let me know

andrewedwards 07-14-2013 03:16 PM

stoping masturbation and watching porn helps with the anxiety

buddyfed 08-07-2013 07:22 AM


Originally Posted by Monday (Post 1530579)
I think Mindfulness is such a good tool for people with SA. I recommend Zen and the art of happiness. Or even Zen for dummies.;) Since Mindfulness, and Mediation, teach about the monkey mind..that part of us that's always yapping, and in our case telling us what we are doing wrong, judging ourselves..Mindfulness and meditation, teaches how to turn off the inner voices. To just be in the moment. To accept what is. You might not like it but you can at lest accept it and that brings it's own peace. Acceptance has been the key for me. The more I accept myself warts and all, the more I feel , confident.
Being that I have OCD it has been hard to trying to learn to Mediate but at the same time, it has helped me to at start to learn how to turn off the obsessive thinking.


Paloma55 12-21-2013 01:42 PM

1) Age & experience, getting better at social interactions over time.
2) "Power of Now" books & CDs.
3) Medication to solve panic attacks & tremor.
4) Journalling, positive affirmations, breathing techniques.
5) Determination, perseverance and repetition to build comfort & confidence.

FrozenSlumber 12-24-2013 04:39 AM

Repeated exposure
(with a healthy dose of some very serious honest discussions with myself)

Some days it feels useless but I just checked my Liebowitz Social Anxiety Score and... it went from 94 to 64. Only a year between the two, I am amazed. I'm really starting to feel the difference.

(There is no stopping the thoughts, or "they" as I call it. Not for me anyway. My mind never slows down enough for meditation and such. The more I try to shut them up the more upset I get which just makes it worse. So basically I just let it run... and let it be proven wrong. I figure, the more "they" get proven wrong, the less they yell. "They" haven't shut up yet but it's not quite as "loud" anymore)

AndCounting 12-24-2013 12:33 PM

None of the stuff that was supposed to help me helped at all (exercise, medication, therapy, church, etc).

What did help was diving head first into things without thinking too much about consequences (socially speaking). That isn't to say that I don't worry about the consequences, I would just do it anyway! It's been working for me. I started small with just my words and then lead up to actions. It took up until this year for me to realize that I'm a likeable person and that everyone enjoys being around me. I've been doing this for a couple of years and all of the people I've befriended/gotten to know in that time frame can't even tell that I have social anxiety or depression.

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