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  • Anxiety and relationships?

    Does anxiety get in the way of you entering relationships? I feel depressed a lot of the times thinking that my anxiety gets in the way of me meeting people. When meeting new people I immediately feel scared that I am no good for them; that they are getting more than they bargained for, because they'd find out about my anxiety and not care to know me anymore.
    So many women worry about being attractive enough to other people, but I can't even worry about that because my anxiety is so much more of a pressing matter to me.
    I'd really like to make some friends in real life who have similar problems with anxiety, who will share an unspoken understanding of things with me, who will understand that if I'm not excited to do something with them it's not because I don't want to, but it's because I am afraid of loosing control. I currently do not have any friends with anxiety, and it makes me feel pretty alienated. If anyone has had similar experiences or advice, I'd love to hear it. Thanks.
  • Buspar, Bespar, Busirone, anxiety meds

    I was wondering if anyone has/currently taking this? Ive been on it for a month and just got up'd to 20mg yesterday. Ive never heard of it before and i was just wondering more about it
  • Career/Job and Anxiety

    What is a good career choice for a person with anxiety and/or social anxiety?
  • Do you always question and analyse what you say/think?

    In the past 2 years I have developed a horrible habit of over analyzing my speech and thoughts, which I notice are typically negative. A realistic description of myself would be sensitive, a worrier and some friends would say I can't take a joke. I feel like all this is stopping me from expressing my thoughts and when I try I come off as confusing or I am not understood. Is there anybody who is/has gone through something similar and can relate? I don't often discuss these matters with anybody so I feel the world of my type of mind is a lonely one.
  • Do you think chat/text messaging/social networking could be useful to someone with social anxiety/SM, or could it delay progress?

    I have SM and I find it really encourages me to text/tweet/facebook message, and is reassuring as I know and build trust with people before starting to speak to them more. However I am afraid it will become a comfort thing, and I could become to reliant on social networking. What does everyone think?
  • Does anybody feel paranoid when talking to people?

    I usually feel worried and paranoid of how others (even friends and family) are perceiving me while I'm engaged in a conversation with them. I use the word "engaged" loosely, as I have to try very hard to stay focused and endure a great deal of mental fatigue. I often find it hard to smile and tend to get shaky the longer the social interaction continues. It gets to the point where I wish I could turn and run away. I don't feel comfortable speaking with anyone for extended periods of time and I often take sarcastic remarks in a personal way; even when I know the said sarcasm is just a joke. I feel hopeless sometimes, and smoke to ease my nerves.
  • Does anyone else find themselves agreeing with people in conversation just because it's easier?

    When I get into a conversation with a stranger that actually requires me to think, I answer them all wrong. I'll agree that I like something that they do, because it's easier than coming up with my own answer. My mind is already racing so much that I even find myself creating opinions that aren't even mine! I look back on the conversation and wonder how I could have acted so unlike myself. Anyone else?
  • Does anyone else struggle with using transport?

    I think part of my anxiety began by using the bus to college. I kept getting panic attacks during the journey, and as the bus doesn't stop until it gets to college, it felt impossible to get off. This led to even more panic, and now I avoid long journeys on any kind of transport. Even just travelling in the car with my parents makes me feel panicked and stressed, and I'll often worry about going anywhere far away where I will have to travel back from. It's really affecting my life, and despite applying to university, I'm not sure I could cope with it.
  • Does anyone have anxiety related to dating?

    One of my biggest anxiety issues is when it comes to dating. I have dated and had relationships but not many and mainly because the idea of a first date scares the crap outta me. Not so much the date or the guy as the whole, what if I have an attack while on that date and it all goes to crap. I know there's nothing to be nervous about, that I'll be find and that the end result of being in a relationship is great but sometimes I get stuck in my own head. Any thoughts, suggestions, comments??
  • How can I make myself feel better?

    I don't know how to deal with myself anymore... I am afraid of people, and all situations related to people. And when I get stressed, I can't get myself to go outside for days. I don't wanna involve others about it so some self helping means would be nice. :)
    I have felt really down for weeks now... so some ways to make myself feel better really would be appreciated... I really don't wanna lose my year at school because I can't deal with being with people sometimes, this pressuring feeling is stressing me out and making me... aphetic. I can't even play games on my machines (which tended to make me feel better before). I just feel like nothing and being nothing. :(
    It's becoming worse to.. (I have decided to meet a psychology but it won't happen before next month, and I didn't say much to my doc about it, just...) so... I need something to keep me going a while longer. If anyone can help with that I would really be thankful. :)
    I am just really bad at thinking positive about anything right now. :(
  • How do I get the moderator to approve the groups I'm trying to make? I already tired to make 3

  • how do you like ASN ? any suggestions?

    hi guys, in case you don't know me I am Salo I created this site to help People suffering form anxiety, I was wondering how do you like the site? you have any Ideas or suggestions on how we can improve it? I am all ears, cheers!
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    steps to remove social anxiety.
  • How to stop biting my nails? read description.

    Hello, My name is Melina.
    So of course this question should be obvious, but I'm stumped at age 20. I think it's because I always need a stress reliever. Biting my nails was one of them growing up. It was a huge problem and when I got older it got worse. I started picking at acne and getting paranoid of not looking the way on suppose to. *My back looks hideous because picking at my back relieved some stress over the years. I hate it and I want to find a long term solution to relieve anxiety stress.

    *I appreciate serious and honest answers* (I realize your all not shrinks)
  • I am terrified of people, help?

    I am terrified of people and it's making me agoraphobic, how can I get my life back?
  • I am terrified of people, help?

    [list] I am terrified of people and it's making me agoraphobic, how can I get my life back? [/list]
  • I am terrified of people, help?

    [list] I am terrified of people and it's making me agoraphobic, how can I get my life back? [/list]
  • I feel detached, Spaced out, Extremely weird ALL THE TIME, and developing OCD?

    Hello, my name is Andrew. I am only 15 (almost about 16, birthday coming up) and I have been experiencing this... Mental issue, for some time. There are TWO types of problems I want to cover. This first erupted around June 2014. My family got some sort of stomach virus or got food poisoning except me and my mother, this REALLY put some fright into me. This caused a fear of mine to become more than just a normal fear. When my family got sick, I avoided them as much as possible. I secluded myself in my room to stay away from them and to make sure I did not get sick as the fear I was and still am experiencing is vomiting. I can't really explain why I fear or hate it. I just do. The thought of me vomiting was not really a big deal a long time ago, but now it is far more serious. The current thought of me vomiting triggers constant worry about what I eat, what I eat out of, what I drink, What I drink out of or from, what I touch, what breathe in, and or whatever I even put into my body. I cant stop worrying. This also triggers constant paranoia and sometimes anxiety. The anxiety was REALLY BAD at first. I seem to have developed OCD, for germs especially. I don't really care if my room or if the house looks or is a mess. Just things that could get me sick if not clean or clear such as a glass cup, if it is not clean or is spotty from water or soap residue I will clean it my self and probably waste a lot of hot water cleansing a cup that I am going to use for 30 seconds. I will NOT eat anything unless I check the expiration date first. If it is a day over or a day before expiration, I will NOT eat it. Anything that doesn't have a expiration date on it, I will mostly avoid eating or ingesting it. I have lost weight (around 20+ pounds or lbs) because of this. At first I was just never really hungry because I had no appetite and because I could get sick (Only a bit though), but now it's always because I always think that it could or can make me sick. This is only half my problem.

    Another problem I have is some weird feeling I get. I can't really put my finger on it. When I am at home or in public, I feel very detached, spaced out, or just... weird and strange. This is constant. I cant take it. This started a bit after the stomach issue and anxiety issue occurrence. I first wouldn't leave my room or even my bed. I was having full blown depression, on the verge of suicide. I wouldn't eat, I couldn't sleep. Just lay there waiting to die. I am trying my best to get over this, I am doing better than I was when THIS started. The only thing stopping me is... well... some sort of mental block? I don't know, I seem to also worry about hanging out with friends, going outside, or doing any type of activity that requires leaving my house. There is so much I WANT to do. I want to get into a couple activities, but I keep worrying about getting sick or having anxiety attack right there on the spot. One part of me says "Go do it, you want to do it so just do it!", but the other part of me says "What if this? What if that? Maybe this will happen! You shouldn't do it if this or that!", and one very small part of me says "Don't even think about it, go and do it. Why do you think so much just GO! You will be fine". One thing I ask is. Will I be alright? Is this just a weird thing? (Cant really explain it better than "weird thing") I also feel like I am all alone on this now, I think that my family no longer supports me as I see I am getting punished for feeling like this. I get yelled at for feeling like this and or even defending myself on this matter. I don't want to explain this feeling as this is kinda eye watering for me to talk, type, or write about.

    Please help. I don't want to experience this anymore, I cannot take or deal with this anymore, how do I go about solving this or healing this??? What do I do? Help!

    EDIT: I also think Depersonalization and or "Brain Fog" has something to do with this...
  • I've been having speaking anxiety since 8th!

    Not sure what caused this but I get anxious and have panic attacks since 8th grade when speaking in front of a group of people. I'm now 40 and see no end in site..At times I've been able to hide it from people but now its affecting my life and my job. How do I stop this fear!!
  • is thereanytrick orteqnique tomake anxiety go away forjust alittlebit?

    Every one says to think positive thoughts, that doesn't help when the negative ones over rule it. Every time my anxiety pops up I have to leave the room and get away. I need to stop hiding . Is there any possible trick or technique I can use in one of those anxiety moments so I won't hide?

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We are a community of people struggling with mental health issues, you are not alone!