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FizzyPop
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Hi. Turned 22 this month and figured it was about time I spoke with someone about some things I'd rather not talk about with my parents or anyone I know personally for that matter. I'm not sure if you guys really answer questions like these but I am sure I have seen you guys answer somewhat similar questions before.

I'm afraid that if I asked all of my question at once that this would be an extremely long post so I guess I will split them up. I could ask my other question later in this topic if that is ok with you guys? It's really the one I am a bit embarrassed to talk about with my family.

I am nearly done with the last of my classes and will be graduating with a tech degree next May. The problem is that I am still very shy and have recently figured out that I have social anxiety which explains why I can't even go outside of my house without thinking someone is watching me through a window and the mall drives me nearly insane on the inside. Needless to say I don't get out much. I've always been the shy introvert type but I didn't start experiencing social anxiety till high school. This didn't really worry me until recently since I will soon have to start searching for a job and will eventually have to move out on my own. So any tips on how to boost my self confidence and see my anxiety erode away?

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Welcome to Scarleteen, Fizzy! When you say that you figured out that you have social anxiety, do you mean that you were diagnosed with this by a doctor? If so, then your counselor is the very best person to talk to about learning tools and strategies to deal with social situations.

If you have diagnosed yourself with social anxiety, then I would suggest that you get some help from a professional to confirm this diagnosis and start working on it. You can start by talking to your general physician to describe your problems and ask for a referral. If you are still in college, you might also try approaching someone at the counseling center on campus and ask for support there.

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Johanna
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FizzyPop
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Thanks and sorry for the delayed reply. Yeah I diagnosed myself after hearing someone else talk about having it so I looked up the definition and thought maybe I had it too although it's probably just as likely that I am just extremely shy or something. But I will look into seeing someone about it.

I was going to ask another question but I thought it would be better placed in the Relationship section of the forums and I am not so embarrassed about it that I can't post about it anonymously to a bunch of strangers on a forum haha.

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