It helps only in the sense that I don't feel as alone in it when I see so many others dealing with the same kind of stuff. There was a time when I had no idea that what was wrong with me had a name and was something that other people had too and knew about.
It doesn't affect my SA at all. It does affect my depression though, I've noticed. Sometimes I'll feel better after being on here because I can relate to things people have said or because it provided a distraction from my sad life. Other times I'll feel worse because it reminds me of how alone I am.
I find that giving advice or offering suggestions regarding positive thinking or otherwise helps get my own thoughts in order. It makes me more reflective on ways to help myself and therefore reinforces my newer positive habits.
It actually helped a little. Reading about people overcoming their SA and the way they overcome it can be pretty inspiring. It shows you can accomplish anything you set your mind to.
This website actually gave me the idea of getting a part time job in order to overcome my shyness and meet new people. I don't know whether I would have had that idea if I hadn't been on this website. It is possible, but I love my new job and that job is changing my life
i would like there be another option, "helps a little and hurts alot" or something, i stoped reading "frustration" and "coping with sa" forums after i "hooked" other person fears and they became mine and my sa got much worse, so i fear to read such posts, no offense just saying what happened to me, but triumphs and positive thinking forums are great.
I didn't vote, because it can do both (depending on my mood). On the one hand, hearing about people going through the same stuff I am makes me feel not so alone. On the other hand, hearing about people going through the same stuff I am makes me depressed.