like mother like daughter?

Hello. I'm a 40 year old woman and have had social anxiety for most of my life. It has gotten worse over the years although I still work and function to a degree. I am a single mom. I hate talking to or meeting people because I feel like i'm awkward and unable to interact like a normal person would.

My ten year old daughter has been showing signs of social anxiety and it scares me to death because I don't want for her to have to live that life. I want her to love herself and accept herself but I'm not sure how to help her. I always tell her shes wonderful in every way but it doesn't seem to help

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  • Your history is similar than mine, I’m 40 I have a beautiful 19 year old and I’m afraid like you because my daughter experienced early depression symptoms, Keep your track don’t get distracted in the process and don’t give up

  • Thank you!

  • I also have social anxiety. It's pretty lonely. I think it's great that your daughter has you if she is suffering from social anxiety. You should open up to her and ask about it. I think if I was younger and someone told me (like my mother) that it's okay to feel shy and that is who you are and you should embrace it. I would have benefited so much from it. I come from a family of extroverts and I always felt overshadowed and just a plain boring weirdo lol. My parents will never understand. So go for it! And seek help while she's still young!!

  • Thank you!!

  • Hi zmary7775, I’m almost 40 and I have had anxiety since I can remember. My daughter is 14 and she has seen me at my worst and at my best. I feel bad that she has seen me in a full blown attack at the hospital.... however..... a good friend of mine said don’t feel bad that she saw that, feel good that she saw you taking care of you when you needed help!!! That hit home. I too see signs of some anxiety in her at times. All we can do is be there for them and tell them they are normal and they are going to be ok!!!

  • Thank you!! I really needed to hear from someone who's been there. Thanks for the positive feedback.

  • This is good that you are noticing signs in your daughter. This is something i wish my parents could've paid more attention to. Getting your daughter checked up can potentially prevent her from going through really rough times!!!!!😊

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