Could It be possible I have social anxiety disorder?

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    Could It be possible I have social anxiety disorder?

    Could it be possible that I have social anxiety disorder? I have been reading a few articles on the topic.

    Some of the traits are shaking, nervousness, fear of authority, heart beating faster.

    In social settings, a few people have notice that I seen nervous or shaky. There was a time I went to the cinema with a female and she noticed that I seen shaky. I don't know why that happens. When we went to the cinema together, I was thinking of things to say to her but when I did my mind went blank.

    I sometimes think that people are observing what I am doing. When people are constantly looking at me, I get paranoid.

    I notice sometimes my voice is shaky and gets nervous around certain people. It could be around people who seem high in authority and seem superior.

    I am shy sometimes but in public people sometimes say I act weird or behave funny. I know as a child, I was really shy, but I don't think this is to do with shyness. I shouldn't be shy at my age. I know growing up I didn't socialise a lot around people and it was difficult when I went to university the first year. I felt because I wasn't saying much around my roommates, that they thought I was boring or strange so I didn't interact with them so much. Whenever they were together in the kitchen I felt strange. I felt comfortable when I went to the kitchen when they weren't there. In social settings, like discussions or meeting people, I always think that people are perceiving to be strange or boring.

    Could the things I've written show that I have social anxiety disorder?

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    I definitely wouldn't call that a disorder, unless it's crippling and is consistent for over a period of 6 months. This doesn't even come close to true anxiety disorders, where the people can't even leave their own houses.

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    To be categorized as a disorder, usually they look for moderate to severe impairment of normal living.

    If you don't consistently avoid social situations, then perhaps its not quite a disorder that would require medication.

    A mild among of social anxiety is quite common and can usually be addressed through meditation and exposure
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    I would say you fit with over 3/4 of the rest of the population, you just need to learn to fake it
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    As a former sufferer,I know exactly what its like to have social anxiety.It used to be so hard for me to talk,eat or even walk in public because i was so afraid that people were watching me and they were judging me,because of this I got panic attacks,i remember one time when I had to give a speech in class and I had just mumbled out 1 sentence when my mind went blank,I panicked,started reading the same sentence over and over again,my voice starked shaking and I was was so horrible because I could see everyone trying not to smile at me and literally felt like I was going to faint...However,overtime I realised that I was just thinking too much about what people thought of me and I was trying so hard to be perfect...But the term 'perfect' never existed for it has different meanings to each person.I dont think you have social phobia at this point,you just care about the people around you and value their thoughts,thats ok as long as you dont forget to look at yourself from your own mirror and not your reflection on others eyes :)

    I hope this helped a little and take care :)
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    I experience severe anxiety. Most of the time I'm too afraid to leave my home. I have a difficult time looking people in the face. I feel overwhelmed in crowds even when I am familiar with the people. I'm uncomfortable when I meet new people. When I'm in close proximity with people I'm afraid that they can read my mind and listen to the horribly uncomfortable thoughts that are running through my head. I am deathly afraid of the dark - I have to sleep with the lights on. Not just night lights but the full strength lights people use to illuminate a room.

    Do you know what it feels like to have sexual thoughts about most of the people around you - friends, parents, teachers, therapists - all of which you aren't attracted to. Do you know what it's like to live with the worry that they are listening to those thoughts?

    I don't look people in the eye, I stutter, and I silently beg that I can make it all go away. It's been 13 years - no such luck.

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    If this is causing you harm, then it is a problem. For example, if you can't get or maintain a job because of anxiety, or you are afraid to go to the doctor when you're sick. If you are constantly in a state of fear with a rapid heart rate and excessive adrenaline in your system, you are putting yourself at risk for many other health problems, especially heart disease. It could be social anxiety disorder, or a host of other things, but the most important thing is recognizing the roadblocks it creates and finding a way around them. A good therapist could really help you in this process.
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    ^^Yeah, the general rule to figure out of you have a disorder of any sort is to figure out if it interferes with your functioning.
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    Only you know whether or not you have it. If you even have to ask, I highly doubt it.

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    If it's's a disorder.

    Otherwise, it's probably a confidence issue. You're probably not sure of yourself.

    Take me: If you talk to me about business I will respond with bold and exact statements. However, if you were to start a debate about the new Twilight film, I would stammer and desperately try to turn the conversation into something comfortable.

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