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Social anxiety or not?

Hi, im new here and idk whats wrong with me. When there are gatherings, i avoid from being involved & locked myself in my room. When the voices outside became louder, i feel extremely uncomfortable. I always walked around the house hoping nobody can hear or see me. It has been this way for a few years. Recently, my friends asked me to go out with a bunch of friends, i said yes. Then i decided last min that i dont want be there bcs of the people & when my friend txted me, i didnt reply. I want to be there but at the same time, i dont.

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Speaking from experience sounds like social anxiety to me. What makes you uncomfortable about social settings?

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Lately ive been thinking about what others would think about me. Sometimes i can be very talkative & socialize like what a 'normal' person would. I guess? But lately, so much is going on in my mind. 'What if i showed up & one of my friends would ignore me or i dont like how she/he behaves' is what im thinking rn

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I know it’s hard but you gotta let go of that worry of other people opinion because at the end of the day they don’t matter only your opinion of yourself does

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It’s social anxiety or just overall anxiety. It can be very tough but you can overcome it.

Do you have a hard time talking to strangers or meeting new people??

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I barely talk to any strangers. I would prefer not to engaged any conversation unless i have to

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Yes, I have experienced this many times in my life. It is social anxiety. The desire to be connected with other people, but then simultaneously wanting to be alone which creates an internal conflict typically to avoid the discomfort/fear caused by interacting with others. Several things I have found have helped me to work on this issue-taking magnesium citrate tablets, taking prescribed prozac, practicing mindfulness/meditation daily, engaging in enjoyed physical activity, eating whole healthy foods, volunteering/working in an area that provides a sense of purpose for me-all of these things have been helping me to significantly reduce my social anxiety. Some ideas anyway.

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