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  • How can I help others to understand what agoraphobia means?

    My inability to leave the house combined with depression and PTSD has made me an unreliable friend. I lost the few friends I had by dropping out with no explanation. No matter what I think I should say nothing seems adequate. I feel like I'm making excuses and 'sorry' isn't enough. I'm not sure how to help (ex) friends see my silence hasn't been from malice. I'm paralyzed by fear with the thought of explaining and being misunderstood. I'm not sure what to do. Every time I try to explain myself friends/family take the explanation as my being 'over' what ever was bothering me, thinking I can control it. I'm now in the position with the few friends of constantly apologizing for conditions they seem to take lightly, like I'm just a 'flake' and not suffering from illness. If my leg was broken or I had cancer no one would expect the constant apologies.
  • How do I get the moderator to approve the groups I'm trying to make? I already tired to make 3

  • Shud I try socialising? Forget real life, can't even manage it online.

    I could never socialise with people, throughout my childhood, I was mostly a loner. When later in life I met interesting people, I couldn't manage to befriend them. Even if I did, it wouldn't last because of anxiety in dealing with them.(Sure most of you familiar with that) I've been very lonely, I too have a need to socialise so I tried it online. I tried many forums especially where I could meet people of similar likes etc. But that too didn't last, I liked it at first but it always ended the same way, I feel people are very harsh to me (However irrational it may seem I just couldn't shake it off my head, and it at times ruined my day) I've come to a consensus that I shouldn't socialise at all, The place where I come, I feel totally out of place there anyway. Any advice? Thank you for reading my long post. Appreciate it.
  • What strategies have helped people to overcome social anxiety?

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