Hello to all you courageous people on this site!!
It was only when I started to read all of your open and honest stories that I realised how much I cover up my Social Anxiety. I always try to put a positive spin on it, to make it more pallatable for other people. I mean, I wouldn't want them thinking I'm some kind of wierdo! :?
So, here it goes - my attempt at complete honesty. I was diagnosed with SA four years ago. I haven't been able to return to work since or have any kind of social life. I sometimes find it hard to leave the house. I've been through the whole counselling thing, which has really helped me face alot of my past issues, but it hasn't really made any difference as regards my SA. Every 'professional' I have seen discharged me in the belief that I had made a full recovery! What's that about? I still can't even get on a bus. In fact, I'm starting to think that I have Performance Anxiety (does anyone else?) because I can do things on the spur of the moment, but if I know in advance that I have to make an appointment or meet someone, I can't do it. I can't plan anything because I spend the whole lead-up stressing about it. It's a bloody pain in the arse, but I'm coping and I guess that's all that matters.
Thanks for this safe space.