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Does anybody else think they have had social anxiety too long for it to every be overcome/cured?

I have had social anxiety for at least 20 years. Counselors and books keep telling me I have to overcome negative thoughts but I find that I rarely ever have conscious negative thoughts when the anxiety hits. To me it seems to happen automatically - no thoughts involved. Like instinct. Maybe over time it DOES become a type of instinctive behavior/habit.
Category: Social Anxiety 3 years ago
SocialSuicide
Asked 3 years ago

I agree with you. Being a long time sufferer of Social Anxiety,(among all my other anxiety issues) negative thinking becomes a way of life. I know people (including Doctors and Therapists) tell us we need to think positively, but after years and years of negative thoughts, it's just our nature. We don't know how to be positive (at least I don't). I try, but positive thoughts are quickly replaced with many negative thoughts. I suppose IF you can break this cycle, you would be free of your issues. Just keep trying!
UncleMo
Answered 3 years ago
UncleMo

I am getting better. I am cultivating a nurturing side to offset my critical side and I am allowing my natural instincts and desires to have greater freedom and relying less on the adaptive side of me that wants to avoid and control. Learning to accept where I am is helping. Being kind to myself throughout the process is new and exciting. At times of anxiety I will revert. Its is all those times in between that I cultivate better thinking. When the intense times come I do better. I know social anxiety can be overcome. I don't think it will ever be something I can forget or stop working on but overcome yes.
Herewithyou
Answered 3 years ago
Herewithyou

I have had Social Anxiety all my life , 48 yrs , had an extremely bad incident last month , enough is enough , after a lifetime of S A , now have decided to control my S A and not let it control me . Easy to say , hard to do . Started reading as much info as i can , net , books , library .Will work on it the best i can . Definently need to break the cycle / habit . Will try to learn meditation ...Good luck to you , i know how you feel .
stumpd
Answered 3 years ago
stumpd

Yes, me! All the time. I'm SA aftermath freakout mode right now, to be honest.Very paranoid and isolated...I know just how you feel.
mamort2129
Answered 3 years ago
mamort2129

Right now in my life i have accepted my SA as being permanent. I know both my doctor and Psychologist would disagree with me. I just don't feel like I've got better, just better at accepting my illness.
Bob
Answered 3 years ago
Bob

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