• Welcome to the Anxiety Community Forum, a friendly space for discussion, help and support with mental health issues. Please register to post and use the extra features available to members. Click here to register.Everyone is welcome!

Crippling Social Anxiety...

GNel80

New Member
Joined
Jul 5, 2020
Messages
6
Reaction score
1
Hello all. Basically, its hard for me to leave my home. I feel unsafe, even at a Church. I try to expand my horizons, such as going on walks around the block. It works somewhat, but at times I hyper-ventilate, get scared and sweaty, and my stomach feels sick. As a result of my social anxieties, I do not like being around people, or noise. OCD plays a factor too, as I obsess frequently. Add to that being Scizoaffective, and I think you get the picture. I can't stay in control well.

I do take MANY MANY meds and have psych-talk therapy weekly. I a making some progress. Can anyone else relate? Any tips?

God bless.

Greg
 

GNel80

New Member
Joined
Jul 5, 2020
Messages
6
Reaction score
1
As a follow-up to my first post, I must add that my days, each day I live, seem like the same day, inside and out, almost like that movie Groundhog's Day, where Murray re-lives the same day over and over. Its upsetting, but by keeping this simple routine, strangely I find it gives me some control, but more anxiety, because time seems to be going VERY quick. Thus, I also now fear death, or both myself and others. Sorry for the rambling, just trying to vent. I'm trying to see where I fit in, in this crazy world. God bless.
 

embracingmyanxiety

New Member
Joined
Oct 19, 2020
Messages
3
Reaction score
0
Hey Greg,

I can definitely relate to the anxiety you feel when you go out. My issue was more specific to crowds that were gathered in a situation where it would be difficult or inconvenient to leave (a packed movie theatre always gets me).

You mentioned that you do weekly psych-talk therapy - have you ever talked to your counsellor about exposure therapy? That's what ended up helping me. You more or less learn how to relax (learning to belly breathe helped me a lot), and then slowly confront anxiety inducing situations in a safe way. The key is to not over do it. I started by imagining that packed movie theatre, and sitting at the back. It would make me feel anxious, and I'd try and calm myself down. Over enough time I learned that I could handle imagining it, and over time I was able to work my way up to actually going to to the movie theatre.

I also find writing helps me cope with anxiety. Do you ever write just to get your thoughts and feelings out? You seem like a good writer, it might be worth a shot!
 
Top