I have had social anxiety since I can remember. At first it was just extreme shyness (or so I thought). I had always been uncomfortable around people. I imagine it had a lot to do with fear of judgment. For some reason I have always cared what others' think of me. As I got older things just got worse and worse. In High School I was so depressed and withdrawn that I had no friends. I just hid from the world. I started to realize that my 'shyness' was beyond being just shy. Social situations weren't just difficult for me - it went beyond that. That's when I realized I had an actual problem. It wasn't until college I really started thinking about doing something about my social anxiety. Less than a year ago I decided to see a counselor about my anxiety. I ended up going to a group at my college for people who also suffer from anxiety. Unfortunately it didn't help me much, but at least I'm more aware of what I'm experiencing. I still want to get help for my anxiety so that one day it won't be as debilitating.
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1 Response Aug 2, 2007

I feel the same way. I've also always been overly shy. I had no problem having no friends and avoiding social situations altogether. I talked to my doctor about it and she perscribed Lexapro, an antidepressant. I've only been on it for a week so I'm not sure what I think about it right now. Good luck though.