Schizophrenia.com

Social anxiety issues


#1

I have a lot of social anxiety in certain situations. Most of the time it’s during conversations, mostly attractive women. I don’t understand it, I’ve been through the sulfur of hell and back, and I have problems like this. Tell me if you deal with social anxiety, and if it’s normal.


#2

I have the same issue too, among strange woman. I am good with socializing when i have couple of shots, but being sober is hell. I can pop some ativan, but i try to take less pills as possible.


#3

I have more generalized anxiety, social anxiety sorta dissipated after I had lots of sex and made new friends. I used to get increasingly symptomatic around attractive women. It sucks…tell your doc and get on the benzodiazapine bandwagon


#4

I’ve had social anxiety at church and restaurants usually if I’ve never been there before. I’ve always had difficulty “mingling” at social events and what not. I’m very much introverted and I don’t talk very much unless it’s something I’m really interested in. Back in high school, I would avoid the cafeteria because of all the people. There were many times where I skipped lunch and went to the library.


#5

I don’t think I have it as bad as I used to. there were times i would leave Walmart without finishing my shopping list because the energy of the crowds started to get to me. Another time i could feel the radiation coming off the rows of flat screen TVs and started feeling very tired so I got annoyed and finally left.

Talking with people, not so much of a problem. for me its more the crowds and feeling boxed in. I also used to very suspicious of rental trucks, or going places i thought could be a terrorist target. I’d be ‘hyper vigilant’ as the doctor called it and watching everyone, even a few times confronting people and questioning them if they were spies or terrorists!
. And I can’t stand traffic at all…but I suppose a lot of people don’t…with me though i start getting that boxed in feeling, like trapped, and a few times I was known to once the traffic opened up a little i hit the gas and sped…one time i even went on the grass and around a bunch of cars,


#6

I get it in groups. If a new person is around and it’s just one on one I feel Ok. I don’t feel like I’m going to fall off the branch. If it’s a calm relaxed person, I’m Ok. I can talk to them.

More then one on one, I still get racing thoughts a bit and I still feel the cling association kick in. But I try and listen more then I talk, but then I’m not listening to the person, I’m listening to my head circus.

I have gone to classes for this so I’m trying to get better.


#7

it is normal for everyone muggle or sz, try some relaxing technique whilst in town so you do not get so stressed.
take care


#8

I was just talking to my wife about this today.

How it was the first major sign that something was really wrong. I felt increasingly extremely uncomfortable when we would go out to a restaurant. I remember telling my wife that I could hear EVERYONE’S conversation at once. Then I started dissociating and feeling like I was being stared at by people.

When it got busy at work, I would run and lock myself in the restroom.

Ativan definitely helps but makes me noticeably detached.

Social anxiety sux.


#9

@chrisjack,I have this very badly,it started with bad anxiety around people than how it’s like social “scared”…I have been through hell also and work hard also,doing a little better because of mirtazapine my mood is at least not “bad”,it’s a good improvement but now I still faces anxiety till I am talking very scarily or not talking at all and make little sense when talk,this is a big social block…

I am now trying to have little masturbation which I do it daily to see if it helps out


#10

I had severe social anxiety in my teens - I avoided all the high school socials. Later as I entered my twenties it abated a little, but even now it is still there, especially in crowds, queues and social functions, which I hate going to


#11

My severe social anxiety started when i was being bullied in my early teens. The paranoia soon followed. The paranoia and the social anxiety feed off each other .


#12

I have social anxiety and tend to keep to myself, which brings on a lot of paranoia because I’m so isolated and lonely in life. I don’t talk much either. Like, I visited my folks this week and barely have anything to say. I just watch TV a lot. I think my social anxiety led to my sza. Now the hallucinations have subsided, but I still live with social anxiety.


#13

My social anxiety is the worst in groups…situations where I feel I can’t just walk away and feel trapped. Like I’m stuck there to be tortured. It has ruined countless jobs. I’ve literally ran away from one job cause I got so scared. I tried an AA meeting yesterday and tried to share and had to stop short after a few sentences because I was about to burst into tears from fear that others were talking about me or that the entire meeting was about me / persecutory thoughts. I take some comfort in knowing there are others like me.