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Hi there... I'm a college student in Northern California. Not sure if I'm suffering from social anxiety exactly, but regardless...I'm sick of being impaired like I am and I'm trying to find solutions. Ever since I was young I've been impossibly shy and had troubles with body image and self-esteem. My mother suffers from extreme social anxiety (hasn't had a job in almost 20 years, doesn't drive, rarely leaves the house) but I seem to be the only child who takes after her =/

I just have extreme difficulties communicating...sometimes I seriously feel like I'm speaking gibberish to people, and that they just pretend to understand me out of politeness. I have a hard time taking praise/compliments/kind words at face value, and I just feel so self-conscious in the presence of people I'm not close to. More and more, I find myself avoiding the company of people, and its frustrating - this is not how I envisioned my college experience! But I'm determined to change this all somehow...I'm excited to start posting here and talk to other people who can relate!
 

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Hi emilia welcome to the forum. It probably is social anxiety but it will be very good to talk to other people on the forum about your situations:)
 

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welcome! i'm glad you're working to end SA before it becomes a big problem. i live in PDX and im dealing with similar issues. good luck
 

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Hey emilia :wel
 

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Welcome, Emilia! :)
 
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