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After years of feeling like I have i was in the doctors office about a month ago and was reading an article on my phone about what exactly SAD is and it described me to a "T"

Here is a copy/paste of the article

Social anxiety disorder, also called social phobia, is an anxiety disorder in which a person has an excessive and unreasonable fear of social situations. Anxiety (intense nervousness) and self-consciousness arise from a fear of being closely watched, judged, and criticized by others.

A person with social anxiety disorder is afraid that he or she will make mistakes and be embarrassed or humiliated in front of others. The fear may be made worse by a lack of social skills or experience in social situations. The anxiety can build into a panic attack. As a result of the fear, the person endures certain social situations in extreme distress or may avoid them altogether. In addition, people with social anxiety disorder often suffer "anticipatory" anxiety -- the fear of a situation before it even happens -- for days or weeks before the event. In many cases, the person is aware that the fear is unreasonable, yet is unable to overcome it.

People with social anxiety disorder suffer from distorted thinking, including false beliefs about social situations and the negative opinions of others. Without treatment, social anxiety disorder can negatively interfere with the person's normal daily routine, including school, work, social activities, and relationships.

People with social anxiety disorder may be afraid of a specific situation, such as speaking in public. However, most people with social anxiety disorder fear more than one social situation. Other situations that commonly provoke anxiety include:

* Eating or drinking in front of others.
* Writing or working in front of others.
* Being the center of attention.
* Interacting with people, including dating or going to parties.
* Asking questions or giving reports in groups.
* Using public toilets.
* Talking on the telephone.
On a scale of 1-10 most of those i would say i am a 9 and some a 10. It seems my social anxiety is at its worst when i am around the people that i know care about me the most, also with this people i feel who are better than me professionally i always think they are critizing me and watching for every little mistake, but in my head i know it just in my head and they are really not thinking that. I hate it when people watch me work. I am very good at what i do, but if people start watching me i just get very frustrated and fumbling around and stuff since i keep thinking they probably think they know it better than i do.

When i go out drinking(once a week maybe twice sometimes) i can socialize very easily, it just seems to take alot of the anxiety away for some reason. It is still different from when i go out with say my family members at a function, there is still anxiety there but not as much since we are drinking. With my friends i feel no anxiety at all and i think its because well...there not as well off as me in life and i dont feel inferior to them like i mentioned about at work.

Wow, never told anyone this before kinda feels good.

Anyway...i went in 4yrs ago because of anxiety and was put on about 10 different SSRI/SNRI's for the last 4yrs and they all made me feel the same...tired as hell and none of them did anything for me. Once i started looking into SAD and my Dr agreed she just put me on Klonopin yesterday(.5 twice a day) I dont feel much different at all really, i know they work right away but does it take a couple weeks of it to stay in your system to feel the real effects of it?.

I think i will be posting here alot so i look forward to meeting some of you.


just to add, i am a very self conscious person. If i dont feel like i look good one day or whatever it ends up making me feel like **** and i am less social. If I am talking to someone and say they are looking at me directly in the eyes and they say glance over at my ear or somewhere else i feel like "oh **** there is something there or whatever" and it completely distracts me from the conversation and i can no longer concentrate on it

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Hey Shockwave welcome. :)

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Welcome, Shockwave! :)
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