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10: Are you shy or socially awkward? Read this

Posted by Kumata , in General Mar 16 2013 · 556 views

Social Anxiety Shyness Mental disorder Help
Last week I was diagnosed with Social Anxiety Disorder.
I understand that a large number of people on this site are excessively shy in real life or feel nervous in many social situations. If you are one of those people, do yourself a favour and read that article - specifically the symptoms - and if you feel that you recognise any of those traits within yourself please, please summon the courage to talk to a doctor about it.
I've suffered from SAD (that's the official - and hilarious - acronym for it) for nearly a decade. I just assumed I was shy. I accepted it as how I was. Even when I read about the disorder it took me a year to work up the courage to actually talk to my GP about it. SAD is a negative pattern of thinking that is extremely difficult to break out of without professional help. And the saddest thing is the disorder prevents you from feeling you ought to talk to somebody about it. It traps you!
Chances are less than 1% of you are sufferers, but even if I can nudge just one other person toward getting the help they need I'll be happy.

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Hahli Husky
Mar 16 2013 12:15 PM

Good for you for being able to get help! A good portion of society just brushes off people who deal with things like SAD, and even those who are just introverted, as people who "just need to have more courage" or should "just get over it and force themselves" to be apart of social situations. I've even known people who suffer from it, or have a couple of similar symptoms, who tell themselves that and suffer on for years. Thank you so much for sharing this, as well. :) Best wishes to you!

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Best wishes to you too, I have something less than SAD it seems but still some Social Disorder, so I know what you're going trough, good luck.

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I dont suffer anything major from this. Probably not much more than the averager person but good luck and well done getting help

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The Dandy Automaton
Mar 16 2013 05:56 PM

I commend you on your courage to finally talk to your doctor about this and I sincerely wish you luck in the future.


But really, coming from the person who could only find it in him to have proper conversations with people in his class after an entire year, and even then still stutters, I doubt my problems are down to any more than just a lack of self-confidence. The trouble with reading Wikipedia articles is that my brain would instantly start latching onto little facts, picking out any event I might remember and saying "Hey, you did that once". Seriously, if I followed my gut instinct on all the articles I've read about, I'd be nothing more than a walking archive of disorders.

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Thank you for posting this - I don't have SAD, but I was recently diagnosed with a General Anxiety Disorder and I think I know how you feel. I've had it for a very long time and I've never been able to tell anybody how I've felt, because I feel extremely ashamed of being anxious about everything. Best of luck with everything, man.
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Mar 17 2013 03:50 PM

I'm very glad you've managed to recognize this and act on that realization, as I've always found your lack of self-confidence to be highly unfounded. Knowing full well how an online persona can differ greatly from the way a person presents themselves, though, I can imagine just how much this must have impacted your life. I'm proud of you, buddy. :)


As for myself...if you guys had any idea how many times I've rewritten this comment, you'd know just how difficult a subject this is. I'm simply not ready to talk about anything like this yet. That should speak volumes.

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Thanks everyone for all the well wishes.

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Wyrd Bid Ful Araed
Apr 24 2013 05:11 PM

I sometimes think scientists have way too much fun coming up with acronyms. A disorder that leaves you nervous and lonely? Why thats SAD! A reflex to sneeze whenever exposed to bright lights? We'll call it ACHOO syndrome!

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Damaracx Caratas Xarian
Jun 08 2013 07:50 AM

I would make a whole bunch of SAD puns, but this is serious.  I have a disorder myself to ADD a little something.  I'm glad you decided to AID others with this message.


Seriously though thanks, I hope you have helped someone out there.

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