I want to try to make people understand how Social Anxiety/Phobia feels like.
Think of something that your are very scared of. Something that just thinking about making your heart pound faster and your mouth dry, if you have anything like that in mind.
Now think of how many social engagements, conventions, encounters you have just in one week: Saying hello to your classmates or co-workers, answering to your teacher or boss, talk with professions (your landlord; electrician; banker or financier; secretary) on the phone and face to face, say hello to your neighbors, talking with your acquaintances and friends, conversing with people waiting in line to something, talking with the salesman/saleswoman, refusing some salesman/saleswoman that stubbornly trying to make you buy something you don’t need, and so on and so on.
Now think that you feel about all or at least most of these trivial, day-to-day social encounters like you feel about that thing that you scared about the most.
Think of how unbearable your life would feel like if that was the case.
Think of how many things you couldn’t do because of that, how difficult it will all be and how much your life would be limited.
That’s how Social Anxiety/Phobia feels like.
The severity and extent of the Social Anxiety/Phobia can be changed, but at the least it make some areas of life limited to some extent or just plain unpleasant, and at most could cause a complete isolation from anything that is social and full dependency on other member/s of the family for living. Good amount of people are of course in the middle of these two ends, making life semi or quite unbearable and limited.
I left out a lot of the the symptoms, such as cognitive symptoms (i.e. blackouts), that appear for many Social-Phobic people, because I wanted to give people a general idea of how hard it is by using a very general object of fear. Symptoms of Social Phobia/Anxiety include cognitive symptoms like blackouts (coming out blank when trying to think of everything to say), the constant pattern of thoughts like “What must they think of me” and many other. Physical symptoms include accelerated heartbeats, accelerated breathing, trembling, excessive transpiration, dryness in the mouth and throat. In general, getting into “flight or freeze” mood. Needless to say, these symptoms don’t make one looks good in front of people, thus confirm and aggravate his/her thoughts on their performances, thus making the symptoms worse and making the person avoid social contact all the more. Avoidance aggravates these thoughts and symptoms further more; this is a vicious circle.
People with Social Anxiety/Phobia are very prone to depression, since this disorder interfere with every or very large aspect of their life.
“The muscles themselves contained the energy needed for them to contract”
“We’re onto something big—” he begins to say.
“I believe an eleven bus will take me to Hammersmith.”
“He was in a hysteria of panic and revulsion.”
“No, I want to.”
“I was crazy about him? I never was any more crazy about him than I was about that man there.” -The Great Gatsby.
“Goering has him arrested and taken to police headquarters, where he was shot dead.” Ummm…. lol
a skyblue plymouth, with the sun in its tailfins, sped past young rice fields and old rubber trees on its way to cochin. (k obviously this doesn’t work)
I want them both. DARN
Yes. The second one because of the German colors on the sleeve
i bought the wrong jacket
i bought this one:
but every fucking girl and her mother has this one:
i wanted the 2nd one to begin with, but it wasnt at the store when i went in so i just bought the other one. whyyyyyyy
So someone broke the Internet here and they are going to blame me because they don’t know anything about technology
They think a virus can come onto ur computer from instagram and picasa…ok. Ok then my friend. You just keep restarting the computer whenever something you don’t understand happens
my whole dream was about me changing my fb cover photo to some random image but then writing the caption “i h8 spain” or something and then writing about how much i love germany
it got 1,000+ comments (but instead of comments it said “notes”)
and everyone loved me and i got a bunch of new friends and new ppl who liked soccer talking to me
i don’t understand