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Face your fear

Post: #11
08-19-2013, 04:47 PM
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(08-13-2013 05:40 PM)apickett80 Wrote:  I will not drive alone due to my anxiety. I will only drive when my husband is with me or someone else that I feel safe with. I will not stay at home alone either because I am so scared of the anxiety. Even thinking about doing these things alone..or being alone in general makes me panicky. My husband and I live with my cousin and he is here most of the time, but we also live on my grandmothers land along with my parents and brother and my uncle. So..someone is thankfully always around and if they are not I am told so I can make arrangements to go to my mother in laws home. As you can imagine it is very frustrating for me and my husband and other family members but they never complain about it. In fact they see it as normal now I believe.

I want so bad to get better and I know that in order to do so I have to face my fears, but I just can not. I need a good therapist but we live in a rural area so that is next to impossible. Plus my husband would be unable to take me to see a therapist because he works. I would love it if I could have a therapist come to my home but I know that is unheard of. I just want to be normal. :(

I don't think normal exists. Everyone has their own issues. But wanting to get better and improve your quality of life is half the battle. The worst thing we can do is give up. It sounds like you have a very supportive and loving family, who sound willing to do whatever they can to help you. Have you looked into any sort of online therapy? I feel like there must be some form of therapy available to people in situations similar to yours.




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Post: #12
09-16-2013, 09:18 PM
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I totally agree with this, I find getting out and facing your fears is the best way. I used to be very unsociable but these days I make sure to get myself out. I have joined a few social clubs that get me out of the house at least once a week. I was so bad years ago though i didn't have many friends and I just used to stay in doors most days.



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Post: #13
06-25-2014, 08:30 PM
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I totally agree with you Shuan! I have a neice that is reportedly suffering from socail anxiety, she has just recently recieved disability for it. I watched this young lady grow up, and I know that this can't be a true diagnosis. She never had problems back then being social. I think she has hidden herself away, due to pain caused from others, to the point that she nows feels it is a disability!
(07-06-2012 04:57 PM)shaun Wrote:  Ultimately, the only way to overcome your social anxiety is to face your fear. Staying safe and avoiding the situation will only make it worse. You need exposure and this should be done gradually in order to desensitize yourself from the irrational phobia.






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Post: #14
05-23-2016, 06:26 AM
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Hi Shaun, thanks for your inspiring words. Very inspiring!



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Post: #15
05-28-2016, 11:59 AM
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You anxiety level will significantly drop as long as you continue to take action. We all fear the coldness of water before making our first steps towards the edge of the shore. However, If we run quick into the water = we will reduce our so-called pain period. So, that's exactly the way to tackle the anxiety.

Just. Take. Action.



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Post: #16
06-13-2016, 01:30 AM
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In a way, this is correct. But some people's anxiety is so bad, that immediate exposure might make it worse for them. Like you said, gradual exposure might work the best. This is what I did to overcome my anxiety. I had a fear of talking to new people and it took me some time before I was even able to talk to strangers. What I did was, I tried talking to acquaintances first. And then, into friends of acquaintances until I was able to talk to new people already.

I also had this fear of public speaking. But to pass several classes, I had to do several reports. Believe me, it scared me at that time but I had no other choice. With practice and exposure, I was able to do these several reports and even defend my college thesis. The feeling after was quite unexpected, I was happy and excited.

So with time and gradual exposure, it can surely happen. Don't beat yourself up if it doesn't happen as quickly.



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Post: #17
07-08-2016, 01:15 PM
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(07-06-2012 11:57 AM)shaun Wrote:  Ultimately, the only way to overcome your social anxiety is to face your fear. Staying safe and avoiding the situation will only make it worse. You need exposure and this should be done gradually in order to desensitize yourself from the irrational phobia.


100% true.

You have to participate in your own rescue. Otherwise, it's just not possible. One of the great ways to tackle the anxiety is going through different challenges that involve taking part in a social interaction. The more you do that, the more confident you will eventually become.



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Post: #18
03-13-2017, 08:41 AM
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Face you fear, interesting idea but felling doubt about the performance of it. If it will works good, then I will suggest it to all of my patients.



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