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Hi Everyone. I have just joined the forum to seek further support for my anxiety and introversion. I would also like to read other people's posts on here and offer some feedback to if I can. Thanks
 
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Welcome, I like the username by the way.
Do you struggle with generalized anxiety, social, something else?
 
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Thank you. It's social anxiety. I will avoid any social gatherings if at all possible. I will worry for weeks in advance of larger gatherings where I am expected to attend. eg. Christmas Day at the in-laws. On a lower level on the scale of my anxiety, I will worry about my kid's football practice, where I will have to wait around making small-talk with other parents. I feel such relief when these events are over and I can return to the sanctuary of my home.

I have lost touch with pretty much all of my friends from school, university and my sports club, where I don't play any more, due to the anxiety of actually going there.

To try and manage this anxiety I have a Zoom call with my counsellor every week. I have tried hypnosis, anti-depressents and more recently have been meditating on the advice of my counsellor.
 
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I've got the social anxiety thing too Keyboard, and small talk is my nemesis! Have you always been this way or did a certain incident/experience send you this way?
 
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I've got the social anxiety thing too Keyboard, and small talk is my nemesis! Have you always been this way or did a certain incident/experience send you this way?
I'm not sure when the dislike for smalltalk began... My first memories of not wanting to be involved in social activity and being uncomfortable in conversations, is from around the age of 11/12. My Dad was very hot-tempered when I was growing up and I guess I unknowingly began mimicking these reactions in school. Losing my cool and getting into fights. Other boys would then wind me up and laugh at me, when my temper would flare. It was a form of bullying I suppose, even though I wasn't actually getting beaten up.
 
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Do you still have those temper problems now or was it just back then?
 
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Do you still have those temper problems now or was it just back then?
I can have a temper tantrum from time-to-time, in my home office, but never in public or in confrontation with anyone else. My anger now is usually suppressed... My default is to avoid conflict at all costs with other people. I'm afraid of everyone really...
 
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Hi Everyone. I have just joined the forum to seek further support for my anxiety and introversion. I would also like to read other people's posts on here and offer some feedback to if I can. Thanks
 
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