How to make friends?

Discussion in 'Social Anxiety Disorder' started by s89ilver, Feb 8, 2018.

  1. s89ilver

    s89ilver New Member

    Hello everyone,
    Im Carlos and I have been suffering from social anxiety as long as i remember. I was able to mitigate it by going to a smalll high school. i got lucky and found a group of friends that i stuck to for my dear life.

    Its been 8 months since i graduated high school, i am now at a very large university and find my self constantly depressed because i cant make any new friends. Has anybody else here felt hat way?

    How can i get better at interacting with people? I always feel so self conscious and vunerable, and that makes it hard for me to make friends. Any tips to deal with this?

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  3. Rinka

    Rinka Moderator Staff Member

    Hi @s89ilver welcome to our forum :).
    As for making friends, I suppose it’s always harder to find people in bigger towns or university. Which can be paradox, one might think, more people more chances to make friends, but the opposite is the case.
    The bigger the city or university, the more people keep their distance from each other.
    What might help would be finding groups or clubs for your interests.
    I think I suggested it to someone else before, but if you check online for, I don’t know, board game clubs or RPG clubs, or what ever your interest is, then it will be easier to communicate with people, because you are already in a group that shares the same interests.
  4. janemariesayed

    janemariesayed Junior Member

    Hiya @s89ilver and welcome. Try not to worry about making friends as you will come over as desperate. There will be many groups and activities at your uni. You could join something that interests you and others will be joining too. You would then meet people who have the same interests as you as Rinka says. This should make it easier to find something to talk about.

    Be a listener and ask people about themselves. Nothing too personal and I'm sure you will make friends in no time at all.
  5. XmasCarol52

    XmasCarol52 Active Member

    Hi wand welcome to the family i would say you made a big step coming here because you will make plenty of friends here.I think sometimes we have trouble with making friends because of our illness I know I feel that people will think I am strange or weird.I am not a little crazy maybe but a good crazy.
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  6. janemariesayed

    janemariesayed Junior Member

    I love your craziness, Carol! Keep it up and don't ever change!
  7. XmasCarol52

    XmasCarol52 Active Member

    Thank you ,hey we also need to have a sense of humor with this illness or we will end up in a institution.I for one do not plan on going into one.

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