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Hi this looks like a good place to talk about social anxiety issues.

I am 24 years old and was always quiet and sensitive as a child, and very hurt by any criticism. During my teenage years in order to socialise I developed a heavy drinking problem, getting to the stage where it would take a bottle of whisky a day to function.

I gave up the alcohol for three main reasons, even though it helped me socialise there were far too many incidents were I made an idiot of myself, got kicked out of bars, said the wrong thing. Secondly it did permenant change to my nervous system, which thankfully is not noticable except slight twitching now and again. Thirdly, it would have killed me in the end.

I have suffered from social anxiety for years, the last year I have basically been confined to my house. My doctor gives me Diazepam (Valium) for when I need to get out to go to appointments, but I am sure you will agree that stuff is addictive.

I'm currently on my sixth anti-depressant (having tried them all for 3-4 months each), and I'm being examined for possible autism. I'm also undertaking hypnotherapy, NLP, and EFT, and on the waiting list for CBT.

I'm throwing the book at this but it is damn hard work and so frustrating. I find myself wandering around the kitchen telling myself I hate myself, just pure embarrassment at myself.

Thank you for reading my introduction.
 

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Hey britisharrow :wel
 

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...the last year I have basically been confined to my house. My doctor gives me Diazepam (Valium) for when I need to get out to go to appointments, but I am sure you will agree that stuff is addictive.
And being confined to home is superior to "addiction" (which is really dependency in most cases)?:stu Hyper kids take amphetamines that can be highly addictive. Chronic pain patients take morphine & similar drugs daily, even though these drugs if misused can be highly addictive (and potentially fatal). Many people enjoy having a drink, even though if you go to an AA you will certainly have no problem finding people who can tell you how exceptionally addictive alcohol is.
 

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Welcome, BritishArrow! :)
 
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