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Old 11-27-08, 08:39 AM   #1
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I don't know what this is, maybe someone can help (and maybe some day I will get the courage to actually be truthful with a doctor too)

So sometimes, when I am not focusing on something (playing games, strolling through forums, etc.) and I get those few moments to think to myself, I get freaked out over nothing.

Like an example:
I laughed funny the other day in front of some co-workers and when I reflected later with no distractions around me, my breathing got a little heavier, my heart pounded just a little faster (not huge changes, just subtle) and all I could do was focus on how stupid it was and how they must all think I am a flake or not real with them (never thoughts of "hope they don't feel that way" I just KNOW that must think those things. And then I look back on the little episode and think of how silly it was to feel that way, but then if I focus on how I felt that way, it happens again.

I literally cannot allow myself just time to myself without something like this happening, and it's all over stupid stuff, and sometimes it happens for NO reason such as I just know I did something stupid, and I don't know what- but knowing me, I must have done it.

Anxiety? Paranoia? I dunno. I can't be the only person this happens to, right? (cause sometimes it feels that way).
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Old 12-04-08, 04:16 PM   #2
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Well I can't diagnose you obviously but it does sound like a bit of social anxiety. If you don't know much about it, google it, there's a world full of information about it.
I used to have this when I was a young child - I wouldn't eat infront of anyone, especially 'messy' food because i thought people were watching me and thinking I eat in a gross way. I wouldn't saying anything when around classmates and if I did, I obsessed about how stupid it was and what they would think about me for saying it, then I got myself all worked up about it and thought everything was thinking I was a loser.
Anyway, your certainly not the only person this happens to. Anxiety is the most common mental health issue today and one of the most treatable (that's if it's interfering and needs treatment, of course).
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Old 12-05-08, 06:05 AM   #3
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I don't know either msking. I think you mentioned this incident in an earlier post. You say you 'know' that people must think you're a flake. So it sounds like you've trangressed from the unease of social self-consciousness to something else, since you have this inner certainty going on which is being translated into factual knowledge and reinforced each time the event occurs. It is possibly a pattern that you're caught in and one which as MM has said is most treatable. I am not a health professional either. It is wiser if you seek help on this. It probably isn't good for you in the long term so the sooner you tackle it, the better.

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Old 12-06-08, 09:07 PM   #4
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i can relate to this, msking.
i don't know what it is, either.
but if it helps, i know i spend a lot more time worrying about it than other people spend thinking about me.
if you're like me, you probably thought about the laughing thing for a long time.

have you ever spent a long time thinking about other people's little quirks or if they did something "stupid"? i know i don't. ..
i bet a lot of people don't think about ours
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Old 12-23-08, 06:32 PM   #5
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I'm with you on this one! And I find stuff can still haunt me years after it happened. I have been diagnosed with a social anxiety disorder and I'm getting help for it.
It can really limit your life if you allow it.
I found cognitive therapy helpful (if you want to goggle that), as I could write down what happened, what my response was and rationalise it and normally it was 'So what, I don't actually care what other people think!'
Good luck and try and do something about it, you don't want to restrict your life because of your fears. Also, there's nothing wrong with being a flake!
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