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I was just wondering. I can ask questions and answer them in class with pretty much no anxiety. I mean I'm always anxious. I ask this because I'm trying to figure out what is worse for me, GAD or SAD. I definitely have MAJOR social problems, I'm just wondering if they are caused by a more general anxiety or a specific fear of talking to people.
 

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I have SAD - When I was in school, I could talk in class very well. I'm a bit of an egghead, and I feel getting involved in the Q&A helped me retain information. Then again, I don't have a fear of talking to people on a broad, impersonal level like that. I can give speeches in front of an audience with no problem, for example.

But put me in a one-on-one conversation and I crumble to bits. :b
 

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Kind of. Not really. If I have to ask the teacher something though I never say it out loud and ask them in private or after class. I just don't feel comfortable with the idea of the entire class knowing whatever it is I wanted to ask.
 

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Except for answering questions directly asked to me, no.
 

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I can't raise my hand to ask questions in a big class. But in my majors where there's only a few of us and I know most of my classmates, it's no problem.
 

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No. It's very scary and nerve-wracking, but I have to do it if it's part of my grade unfortunately. Which usually ends in embarrassment...
 

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I've never had problems interacting in school. My problem is with getting close to people, making relationships with them. I'll only keep people up to acquaintances at best. I guess my situation is the opposite of many here. I probably don't have SAD or some other form of it.

However, I can understand the fear and anxiety some will have. For instance, to raise your hand and ask a question to the teacher or professor and usually everyone else in the room will all be looking at you at once. Yeah, I can imagine that will be nerve-wracking to some.
 

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Yeah, I'm essentially anxious all of the time. But I CAN talk in front of groups of people. One on one is where I have trouble.
 

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I can, albeit not very well. My anxiety kind of starts to kick in, my heart rate increases ten fold and I start sweating and stuttering like nobody else's business; particularly in classes that I have no friends in therefore making me uncomfortable. I also almost never ask for any help during class. If I have something to ask the teacher, I end up doing so in private out of the earshot of everybody else because I always think they'll judge me.
 

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It's very difficult. Forcing myself makes my heart race ridiculously fast. I give much sorter answers than most people too, which sometimes leaves them confused by missing information.

So basically no, I can't.
 

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Yup. Talking class, or really interaction that isn't at all personal doesn't bother me so much. Once it's personal, once I have to be more than just a stranger, that's when I get into trouble.
 

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I can, but I really dont like too. Like when the curriculum designates "class participation" as 10% of the grade, I say to myself, "well, a 90% is still pretty good."
 

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Yeah I just can't hold a conversation.
 

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See, this is probably where my SA is at its worst. For the most part I will not speak in my seminar classes unless I'm asked a direct question. Also, when I do speak I can feel myself blushing and I feel really breathless and can hardly string a sentence together without pausing for air.

I have my first seminar class of the semester tomorrow and I'm really dreading it.
 

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I could talk in class, and absolutely love public speaking. It's the idea that I am in an environment where it is expected for other people to pay attention and respect (this is not synonymous with agree, either) what I have to say.
 
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