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Old 09-18-13, 12:23 PM   #11
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I used to, but then I socialized more. You just gotta expose yourself to more and more social situations and eventually your amygdala will respond with less fear. (Look up exposure therapy!)
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Old 09-19-13, 12:33 AM   #12
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Well im going to my friends party, and i get to wear a box over my head, no socialization and nobody can see my face, only my body... which is worse, but at least i have that box :p

I was always the weird girl who doesnt talk to anyone. I would just sit and no one could really be bothered with me. they probably thought i was snobby, and probably thought i hated them. I often wonder how i made friends. I was too 'socially awkward'
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I constantly have social anxiety. It's one of the major reasons I never got a degree. My depression would kick in halfway through the semester, I'd miss a few classes, then be too embarrassed to show my face to class again.

At one of my recent jobs the first few weeks were really scary but I got over it.

Sometimes at social events I'll have a very difficult time keeping calm. I'll feel shortness of breath, etc. Usually just end up leaving without interacting with anyone, feel like a loser for letting the opportunity get away.
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Old 09-19-13, 01:30 AM   #14
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I have basically had two panic attacks since depression, but i think that i may have had more in primary school. The fact is that anxiety has been a main part of my teen life and i guess i just have to get used to it until i am only enough to be given freedom. Yes i am legally an adult where i live, but im not allowed to be one in family terms :(
Sometimes i get a little panicky in public, but no full blow attacks
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Old 09-28-13, 06:48 PM   #15
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I was grocery shopping one day several years ago, it was a little country store in a really small town. Of course in a store that small you are going to keep on walking past the same people. I started to panic, I thought these two guys were following me, I tried to ignore it, or force myself to stay calm. I had, had a several attacks before this, but none were anything to really talk about. But, this one was different, I kept shopping, and getting more panicked. I finally finished my shopping and started up to the register, then it happened I freaked. I left the cart sitting in the isle, and literally ran out of the store, to my car. I got in the car locked the doors, stomped the gas pedal, left the parking lot peeling rubber, and smoking the tires. I only lived about six blocks from the store in a residential neighbourhood, speed limit was 25, I hit about 90 on that little road. I got home, ran inside locked the door, ran to my closet, shut the door and hid in the closet for 2 whole days. Some friends finally got worried about me, because I was not answering the phone, and missed work, so they came over to check on me, and found me. That is when I decided that I needed to get professional help.

Luckily I am on medication that keeps it down to a point that when I start to panic, I can do deep breathing, finding something to focus on, or whatever to keep my mind off what is scaring me, and I can keep it under control.
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Old 10-14-13, 06:38 PM   #16
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I used to, but then I socialized more. You just gotta expose yourself to more and more social situations and eventually your amygdala will respond with less fear. (Look up exposure therapy!)

exactly... the more you avoid people the harder it will get i agree...i can go in public but im useally ashamed and lightly tensed...

today at my doctor my heart starts racing in the waiting room...it raced a little but then he started asking why im depressed and what i wanna do about it...and after a few minutes i calmed down...still a little tense..


i remember when i had a fulltime job i had the same thing but once you get comfy on a personal level it goes away for me.

hope this helped, good luck.
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Old 11-24-13, 09:04 PM   #17
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I sometimes get agrophobia when I go out although this is more prevalent during the summer. It's not so bad in the winter when things are dark as you seem to become less conspicuous and blend into the shadows.

I used to have strange feelings up to the age of about 16 I couldn't put into words other than call them 'funny feelings' but managed to outgrow them in the end. This was particularly awkward around other people.

Can still be difficult going out and about, but what's the alternative ? Stay indoors all day and hide away from life ? Sometimes you got to force yourself into actions.
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Old 12-01-13, 06:38 AM   #18
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I feel exactly the same way. I am currently at university and I hate sitting in lectures with a large amount of people I always feel like everyone is staring at me and I get really paranoid. I hate going to parties, I always try my best to get out of going because I feel so uncomfortable, my mum constantly moans at me for being anti social but I can't help it, I just can't put myself in that position. I have tried to put myself in social situations but I always feel really awkward and uncomfortable
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