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my experiences with social anxietyWarning, this is pretty darn long.
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I have had extreme social anxiety for a long time, starting from around fourth grade.
Even though I've learnt about it and know the reasons why I'm still maintaining my own anxiety, it's so hard to get out my habits.
I get very anxious about what other people think of me, how they might be judging me. It also goes hand in hand with paranoia. I constantly think that everyone is judging me, making fun of me, and whenever somebody laughs, I think that they're laughing at me. Then I get extremely self-conscious, every possible reason of why they might be laughing at me running through my mind, my heart races, my hands start shaking, I feel nauseous, and I can't think straight. Whenever I'm in a social situation, at school, with anyone, I always have this feeling that I'm being constantly and closely watched by people around me. I know and recognise that my fear is excessive and irrational, but I feel powerless