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Re: Social Anxiety

Re: Social Anxiety

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Posted by Amy Fairfield on August 24, 2000 at 17:56:31:

In Reply to: Re: Social Anxiety posted by Chris on August 23, 2000 at 23:54:42:

: I just wanted to add something else. I also
: think that it is hurting my career. I think
: that I am not getting ahead because of it even
: though I know that I am intelligent and competent. It is hurting my chances for new
: opportunities. I am just not myself sometimes
: and I feel that I come off looking stupid,
: weak and incompetent. I feel that all of this
: stemmed from my past. I have had a lot of negative relationships throughout my life and
: this could be the result. I don't know how
: to change it. I am against going on medication
: because of the side affects. I am currently not going to a counselor. Does anyone know of
: any support groups.

: : I have a problem. I think that I suffer from a
: : social anxiety disorder. To make matters worse, I
: : work in a large office atmosphere.(which doesn't help)
: : There are always many people around and it makes me
: : nervous. My boss even told me in a roundabout way
: : that my social skills are lacking. I know this. How
: : do I explain to him how I feel. I feel if I tell
: : him what's really going on he will think that I am crazy. Many people begin stereotyping you once you admit to having this type of problem. There is such
: : a stigma attached. Many people in that place already treat me like I'm some kind of freak. Does
: : anyone else have this problem?
: :

Chris, I had similar problems and went on Paxil (I'm not changing to Serzone because I gained too much weight on Paxil). I also had acute anxiety and panic attacks. I know EXACTLY how you feel. I felt awful in the office environment and when we were in large meetings all I would think about is how in the world I could get out of the room without making a scene. I often felt I was on the verge of fainting. Well, the Paxil helped immensely. An example: I'm starting a new job and I had to go to the annual "state of the union" company meeting. I was among the first to arrive and sat in the back of the room. The room filled beyond capacity and I was sitting crowded in the back and would have had to make quite a few people move or stand befoer I could get out. Pre-Paxil I would have been sweating with anxiety and probably would have spent the entire TWO hours simply talking myself out of panicking. Well, on Paxil, I was still slightly uncomfortable but didn't feel the acute panic. I also had to introduce myself and did so slowly and deliberately without speaking fast and turning bright red. Think about meds. I was TOTALLY against it and WANT to be off them but maybe you need to just try it. Hope it helps

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