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My Undiagnosed Anxiety and How Seeking Help Failed Me

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My Undiagnosed Anxiety and How Seeking Help Failed Me

It took me a long time to figure out why I felt certain ways. I knew they weren't normal, but I couldn't identify them. After doing research and talking with other people experiencing similar symptoms it became pretty obvious to me what my varying mental states were being caused by. Still, I haven't sought professional help. I did once, as a teenager, and since then I've never wanted to again. I couldn't eat, I couldn't sleep, I couldn't.. erm.. use the ladies room. I was physically and mentally a mess. After 2 full nights of no sleep and feeling like...

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How Society Might be Affecting Social Anxiety

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How Society Might be Affecting Social Anxiety

I don’t know if this applies to every social anxiety sufferer, but most of the time I get the feeling I don’t belong. When I go to a fancy restaurant for dinner, I feel like I’m not the kind of person that should be at a fancy restaurant or my attire doesn’t go with the setting. When I do get dressed fancy I feel like I look ridiculous, like I’m overdressed and not the type of person that should wear dresses and jewelry. These sentiments carry over into all sorts of situations in life, leaving me feeling like I don’t...

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Does Having a Shared Task Make Socializing Easier?

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Does Having a Shared Task Make Socializing Easier?

I'm not a doctor, but after having our largest turn out and potentially most successful event yet, I think having a mutually shared objective takes away the pressure of finding something to talk about. We had our first board games night and it definitely won't be our last. With more people showing up for this event than any other and everyone getting comfortable much quicker than usual; it will absolutely be a repeat event. I tend to procrastinate responsibilities, I don't know if this is due to anxiety or just a regular personality flaw. I had to make a reservation...

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Anxious from Afar

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Anxious from Afar

I lost a battle with anxiety last night. I didn't think I would but I did. It took over my body and swallowed me whole. I was initially excited for our event at Seven Bays Bouldering last night; my anxiety was fairly low when I pictured it in my head. The café was lovely, a cozy spot to chat and munch or drink. As soon as the drinks were done and it was time to round the corner into the separate world that was bouldering my stomach lept into my throat and there it stayed for longer than I care to...

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Rock Climbing in a Cafe

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Rock Climbing in a Cafe

Social anxiety doesn't have to stop you from having great new experiences. Look, proof!    Upon entry into Seven Bays Indoor Bouldering you're welcomed by a very mellow atmosphere - which I thought was a bit funny considering the intensity of the sport - with a very large open cafe space full of people sipping, reading, or working on their laptops. This is where we started the evening.    The initial scan of the room revealed the perfect sitting area for this meet. A large U shaped bench with cushions by the massive windows that line the front of the building.....

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