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Embarrassment led to extreme anxiety

Thread starter #1
Ok folks.,,here is one for you. Six months ago I inadvertently posted my struggle with anxiety and depression on my personal Facebook page. I thought I was on the anxiety and depression site yet posted on my own site by mistake, Eight ‘friends’ read it and I was mortified, only 2 of which know of my struggles. I was so embarrassed that I told everyone that my Facebook account was hacked and that I didn’t write what was written. Many said ‘they knew it wasn’t me’ as my current anxiety situation is totally out of character for me (life events of the past near have caused my anxiety before that all was well). This situation caused me to have to go on medication,,,before that I was just doing talk therapy. I am now seeing a trauma therapist and am considering emdr as this situation has caused me distress to the point of panic attacks, etc,
Any thoughts or ideas as to how to move past humiliation?
Thanks.
 

triceps

Active Member
#2
Ok folks.,,here is one for you. Six months ago I inadvertently posted my struggle with anxiety and depression on my personal Facebook page. I thought I was on the anxiety and depression site yet posted on my own site by mistake, Eight ‘friends’ read it and I was mortified, only 2 of which know of my struggles. I was so embarrassed that I told everyone that my Facebook account was hacked and that I didn’t write what was written. Many said ‘they knew it wasn’t me’ as my current anxiety situation is totally out of character for me (life events of the past near have caused my anxiety before that all was well). This situation caused me to have to go on medication,,,before that I was just doing talk therapy. I am now seeing a trauma therapist and am considering emdr as this situation has caused me distress to the point of panic attacks, etc,
Any thoughts or ideas as to how to move past humiliation?
Thanks.
Hi Returntonormal<
Boy, that sure was bad luck. The good thing is that it was six months ago and by now, you're the only one obsessing. Those that viewed it probably haven't given it a thought since you told them you were hacked.
 
Thread starter #3
Hi: yes, I totally agree with you...just wish I could get over the obsessing (I also have OCD), I know that people have much more important things in their lives to be concerned about other than my Facebook post yet the facts surrounding it traumatized me. I remember the day so vividly...hit post, left for my therapy appt, and while on my way realized what I may have done. I am hoping EMDR therapy can put it into perspective for me as it has caused me great distress. The fact that I lied about being hacked also bothers me yet there is no way that I could admit to the truth as it was a very descriptive post about my struggle. I had not slept in days and was in a bad way. Thanks for listening.
 

triceps

Active Member
#4
Have you ever tried thinking about other mistakes , more major than this one, and how they didn't turn out as bad as expected and how you got past them?
 
Thread starter #5
Well quite honestly I can’t think of anything else that I have done that compares to this. My therapist said that humiliation and embarrassment are the toughest things to get past, The fact that it consumes my thoughts is a major problem thus my attempt at EMDR.
 
#6
ill tell you right now. Theres nothing to be ashamed of. Anxiety sucks. I feel like facebook also contributes to a lot of anxiety depending on what you're doing on there.
 
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