I found the forum by chance, reading a thread on medications and then saw another thread on someone getting stress at work and wotnot so posted in those, and read another thread or two and before ya know it I've sort of been sucked into the vortex. So, meh, may as well hang around now I'm here. At least folks here will understand I'm not just a total headcase. Well, not because of S.A. at least
I'm from England, I've just (3 weeks ago) been diagnosed with Social Anxiety Disorder and right now I'm looking into medications, strategies, experiences of others yada yada to see if I can better manage it and learn to live with it, maybe even be free of it one day.
It's all a bit new t me since although I knew I had some form of issue I didn't have a name for it. I'm sure a lot of you can empathise that merely having a NAME for it is a huge relief because I no longer have to stand there in the pressure moments, trying to fumble my way through some half-arsed attempt at describing my symptoms to everyone to answer what's wrong with me. I can now say ah haaaaa.... what I have is S.A. and THAT's why I've just gone from very outgoing and confident to all in myself and scared to say boo to a cat!! I'm just having an anxiety attack is all!
Honestly, that really is a help to be able to name the beast now.
I'm not, in fact going absolutely crazy like I'd started thinking I was, and I might even be able to treat it now I know what it is! I can tell you one thing, it's been crippling me for the last 5 years and NOBODY would even believe that there was something wrong because I couldn't quite describe it to them. Nobody, that is, until my new GP identified some symptoms a coupla months ago and sent me off for a proper psych assessment!
Anyway, this seems a pretty relevant forum to be hanging around and since it also runs on SMF (my favourite) I know where all the button are already.