July 8, 2008 3:34pm CST
does anyone have social phobia? does therapy really work? it doesnt seem to help me... nor the antidepressants! i think i have alltogether... depression, social anxiety, stress, hysteria... and my confidence is going more and more down. i cant even work because i am always anxious and crying and thinking the worse about myself! is there somebody who manage to 'fight' the feelings of socialfobia?
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10 Jul 08
I have very similar problems,like if I want to walk into a building I won't if there are people on the stairs because I won't walk between them.When I did work I didn't go to the ladies room,I wouldn't eat lunch nothing for fear of drawing attention to myself. I go to counseling to and have been on antidepressants,and anti anxiety,none of them have worked.I feel trapped in my house afraid to go out.One thing my counselor did point out to me,that although it hasn't really helped yet it did at least explain some things.She says a lot of the problem is cognitive distortion,that the way I perceive things around me aren't what they really are,and just because I think people are talking about me doesn't mean they are.You are not alone,I deal with this every day,some days I just want to give up and take some pills,but that would only hurt my daughter so I won't I just keep trying. Jas
10 Jul 08
Yes i know what you mean but i am not so deeply like that. i did have lunch but always alone, no friends and always crying because of what other people were thinking of me! I also dont have problems to go in stairs but i have to go in a shop with not a few people... and due to that i only have few friends and i dont go out really live everybody else! I took pills before just to relax but the experience was horrifying! i had to stay all night in hospital with a tube on my throat... and next day i pretended i was ok so i could go home but i wasnt! i stayed 1 week home without getting out bed... i felt dizzy and couldnt see! all i ate or drank was thrown up! i thought i was dying slowly and i couldnt stand but finally after 1 week i became better. Since than i have too much carefull with pills though sometimes i want to do it i know i wont! And now i also have my baby keeping me here and stronger...
9 Jul 08
Unfortunately my probe is bigger than that... is social anxiety. It is really hard to kind of 'forget'. I also have a beatifull little girl that i love so much and i did got much better after she was born. But still i have this stress and palpitations and hysteria and... social fobia! At least i stoped self harming... but she and my husband are also my best treatment at the moment!
14 Nov 09
I do have social phobia. I have been having this for more than 10 years but I never knew it is social phobia until recently. I did a test on Cognitive Behaviour and only then I knew I have social phobia. I really hate my condition now and I really want to mix around people in gatherings but the feeling of fear and uncomfortable made me stay away from it almost all the time. I have started a conversation about social phobia too, and you are invited to take part if you want. A friend there told me, we are not alone in this. I hope you are relieved after knowing this and if you are so tensed just remember I am here and I also have social phobia.