Still Worried At Times

I've made a lot of progress, but it's still hard to go out sometimes... even just to the shops (or maybe especially to the shops). I get paranoid people are looking at me and judging me by things like my appearance (so I always spend a lot of time on it in mornings, which I guess makes me look pretty vain). I freak out about little things like the person serving me striking up a conversation (I worry about what to say, about my answers making me stupid, ect). I think in the end I just worry and obsess over things too much. But it's hard to stop. You have to really train your brain. People telling you to get over it won't work, just like with something like depression. All you can do is work at your own pace, and note your progress...

FateCantDecide FateCantDecide
22-25, F
2 Responses Mar 10, 2009

Oh yes, I'm the same with the phone actually. I worry I'm bothering people too... and I have just as much trouble answering it (I worry who it is and all that). It sucks because trying to explain that to someone can be hard. Saying you 'fear the phone' basically can sound crazy, lol. But it's hard to explain. I think in the end only people who similar problems will understand.

I so believe i have social anxiety as well...I once found a thing online about these tapes you could order to try and help with the retraining your brain...$400! it said that most psychologists are crap at helping someone with social anxiety cuz its not well known or defined or something...what you described above is exactly me...i have a special issue with the phone as well...even calling people ive know for 15 years is a struggle always convinced im bothering the person, they won't want to talk to me, etc....and ditto about people telling you 'oh its not hard, just talk to people'...yeah...doesn't work that easily....if only it did...