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Old 09-17-13, 03:44 PM   #1
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And this isn't normal at all...
Everyday since I have started college, I've been having little panic attacks before I go to class, during my 2 hour break, and after classes exactly. I can't handle being around all these people all the time, it's scary.
Like when we were told to get into groups, I panic because I don't know anyone.
And when I finally start to loosen up around my dorm floor mates, yeah I made friends, but to everyone else I'm either I'm invisible or disliked. Of course when I made friends, I get so hype that I attach to them...
I shouldn't keep my social guard up, my anxiety, or should I say, Social Anxiety.
But I just can't help but shiver when I'm in a full elevator and look around panicky, or when my floor's lounge is full of people, I speed by.
And as soon as I get to my room, I spazz out, cry, just shiver all over.
I'm scared, I'm just fucking scared of people...
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People who are comfortable in big crowds, small places, all of that, honestly baffle me! My social anxiety isn't as reactive as yours sounds, but dear it's not abnormal. I don't think humans evolved to be squished in to enclosed rooms with tons of other people at a time, or that we're inherently more "sound" just because some can tolerate it better than others.

Is there anywhere you can go during your break where you can be alone? Breaking up all the exposure to other people could help calm you down, and if you find a nice spot to retreat to, it can be really meditative. I used to spend my breaks at a table beside a window at the very top of the library, it was perfect for me because I definitely needed time alone after coming from classes with fifty and sixty other people crammed in to a lecture hall.
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Thank you Naomi.
well during my breaks I eat lunch in the dining hall, which is full of people and that usually takes up most of my break...the only times I can ever be alone is before / after class...so I just have to deal with it
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Instead of the elevator, there are stairs, right? Take the stairs, one step at a time. Calm your breathing and just think of something like laying down and relaxing later that night. Move your mind away from what you are actually doing.

Do not try to hide. Because if you get used to hiding, then when you NEED to be around alot of people, you are going to freak out. Build your confidence up in being around others, one step at a time.

You can do it. It will just take practice. And when you are around those other people, just think back to the stairs and breath.
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Are you on an antidepressant? They really help with anxiety. I'm on Prozac now (20mg) and it really gives you a new viewpoint on life that can help stem unnecessary worry.Whereas I used to worry about 20 things an hour (mostly about various diseases I could get, or about family members dying, or about things of that sort), now I worry MUCH less.

Anyway, I know how hard it is to suffer with anxiety. Often, we have to suffer alone because we are too embarrassed to tell our family members or friends about the things we are worrying about, since these things seem irrational (if I told my friends I was obsessively worrying about getting cancer, I'm sure they'd laugh in my face for example...).

So trust me: I know it sucks! But as someone who has had both therapy and medicine, I think the medicine wins hands down.

Anyway, I went on a bit of a tangent, and I guess I'm sounding like a Prozac-salesman, but the medicine really has changed my life for the better and as a result I'm convinced that anxiety is a problem of brain chemistry. So definitely at least talk to your therapist about getting medicine and maybe your anxiety concerning social interaction will decrease!!!

Good luck.
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