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Old 08-15-2004, 05:55 PM   #1
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Question Maybe social anxiety?

Hello, I think I may have some kind of anxiety disorder since I get very nervous in certain situations. First, I cant seem to get into a relationship. I often have crushes and wish that I could date someone but when it gets serious like it could actually happen, I get so nervous I actually get sick. I get physical symptoms like nausea, headache, etc...its so annoying! Its like I want things to work out but I dont want to feel like this so I end up turning every guy away just to feel normal again.
Then, when I go out to dinner with friends or go out on vacation, I sometimes get this rapid anxious feeling where I again feel sick and cannot eat. It seems to happen mainly when I am in a new surrounding.
I am grateful that I am able to work, go to school, and have a lot of friends. I am happy with my life its just I feel like I wont ever be able to get attached to a boyfriend. For years I have just been avoiding the problem, since I am afraid to take medication. I do well in school and I am afraid that medication could alter my memory and cognitive abilities. Does anyone feel this way or have any advice? I am open to anything to please help if you can!!! Thanks so much!

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Old 08-15-2004, 06:38 PM   #2
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Re: Maybe social anxiety?

Hi dragonfly

you have sdeveloped social phobias, that is special fears about social situations, you also have fears of these fears, this can lead to panic attacks

there are many books and courses on overcoming SA and agoraphobia, they all involve desensitisation and relaxation, get some and study them, you must not be stubborn as you need to learn from them

some valium type med taken about 1 hour before a difficult meeting will calm you and help a lot also, these meds taken as needed wont hurt you or your memory

most docs would prescribe an antidepressant, these meds are being heavily promoted to docs for your problems, sometimes they help but they are heavy duty meds

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