Hi everyone I've actually been reading these forums for a little while now, and I think it's about time I actually sign up and contribute something lol. I have had social anxiety since as long as I can remember, but I always assumed it was something I was doing wrong. I used to freeze up in social situations and stare down. I couldn't even look my friends in the eyes at times. In more recent years, I started to get shakes and would get this nervous smile on my face all the time. :afr And now I have to fight back tears whenever I'm around people. I have tried to fight this for many years - putting myself out of my comfort zone as often as I could. I even took an acting class in college which scared the **** out me haha but I was surprised at how much fun it was and how great it felt to let loose in front of the class. I have also been a waiter for 5 years, and there have been so many times I had to look away from the people at my table because of how nervous I would get. But it definitely helps to fight it this way and be exposed in public. After I graduated from college last year, I felt completely alone. I started to get more and more anxious around my friends and I basically lost touch with all of them from school. I decided to see a therapist who helped me with CBT but my anxiety persisted. Two weeks ago I decided to try meds cause my anxiety and depression became overwhelming. So far, so good. The meds are helping a lot. Okay, so now you know my story in a nut shell. I hope we can all help each other and learn to live as free from anxiety as we can!