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What worked for my social phobia was when I experienced an anxiety attack I completely relaxed and let the feeling wash over me, instead of trying to fight or resist the anxiety which is a battle you will never win. It is very hard to do this at first after years of being dominated and held hostage by the feelings of anxiety but if you have the courage it works, or it did for me. What you have to remember is your body is only reacting to the messages your mind is sending it and this is done in a prescribed manner. Your mind or body cannot invent new senarios each time so there are no surprises coming. Have the courage to completely relax and even challenge your mind to do its worse. With each passing anxiety attack your mind will weaken and the panic attacks will reduce in intensity until it fades away. I've explained all this in detail and my experience overcoming social phobia in my blog http://phobiairaqlove.blogspot.com if you are interested. They main thing to remember is you can overcome it because it is purely a state of mind not a fault of your body.
Something that I find helps me is to visit the places that I avoid due to anxiety, on my own time and not only when I have to go there. For example, I had a huge panic attack in the mall once and after that I was terrified to go back. I would get so overwhelmed with all the people around and worried I would "lose my mind" and/or embarrass myself. What I did to help myself was that I went back to the mall with my boyfriend who I trust, on a nice and quiet day on my OWN terms where I could feel in control. Instead of making it about shopping, I made it all about myself and conquering my fear. I do much better in malls now and try to do that with other situations. Take control of the situation, no matter what, because anxiety is all about losing it.
Answered 8 years ago
something that inspired me today was i found out dane cook was agoraphobic. i can't stand him as a comedian but the fact that he went from being agoraphobic to now being a cocky and obnoxious performer shows how possible it is to totally beat this. but also i've been reading a book called "wherever you go, there you are" and it's been really helpful in learning mindfulness. if i'm too anxious to leave the house i just open my bedroom window and look out and focus on the things that i see and hear and feel and smell without judging any of those senses. i was doing very badly until a fed days ago i spent five hours meditating like that and now i'm making a lot of progress