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Is this Social Anxiety Disorder? Please help? - July 28th 2012, 08:43 AM

I think I have Social Anxiety Disorder, I have all the symptoms of it, below are some things that are VERY hard for me. I don't know how to tell my parents that I think I have S.A.D, any suggestions would be GREATLY appreciated. Thanks Again.

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  • Talking to new people I don't know.
  • Giving presentations in class, talking in front of a class.
  • Going to parties or concerts.
  • And TALKING TO GIRLS.
   
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Re: Is this Social Anxiety Disorder? Please help? - July 28th 2012, 11:00 AM

Well, you could try to tell them, and that would probably be awkward depending on your parents. If you want them to do something specific like take you to see a counselor, you could just ask for that without trying to go into detail why. It just depends on what you think would be best for yourself and for interacting with your parents.

My recommendation is to not worry about the label so much and instead worry about the symptoms. When I was 15, I fit every criterion for Social Anxiety Disorder, but the point is that what you need to do is work on your symptoms. What I did is take a class in public speaking, which helped a lot even though it was extremely difficult at first. I also saw a counselor. As for girls, just practice talking to a girl without worrying about whether or not she likes you, and over time it will get easier to talk to girls. I spoke to girls online for a long time (and still do somewhat), which was easier than in person both because it is limited and because it is easier to find more compatible people online.

Practicing speaking in the mirror helps too.



   
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