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Hello Everyone,

I am a male in his mid 20's. I have realized that my general/social anxieties have crippled my ability to have satisfying relationships and excel in things that I am good at. This iron shackle that is strapped to my leg is not seen by the naked eye. I have came to the conclusion that this shackle exists only between my two ears. I just got laid off and do not have the means or wages to seek professional assistance. Ironically, the time off has given me time to reflect upon the root cause of my behavior.

I have used alcohol to cope with my anxiety for years now and this past summer I chose to check myself into rehab. I was clean for over a month and I started to drink again. While I do not indulge myself and get completely **** faced, I still am using alcohol to cope with my terrible anxieties. I have had many opportunities and while I not am not a utter failure I have found that the only time that I can feel normal is when I drink. But, as everyone knows alcohol's benefits are limited if you constantly use it.

The specialist doctor I went to stated I suffer from PTSD and General Anxiety Disorder. While I had some rough spots in my life, I never seek pity or let that sway me from seeking a positive life.

Well, thank you all for reading my long-winded first post , I hope that we can all help each other deal with life's obstacles.
 

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Welcome to SAS, hope you enjoy your stay
 

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Hi darktolight. Welcome to SAS

 

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Hey darktolight welcome. :hyper
 

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Welcome, DarkToLight! :)
 
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