The Faces of Social Anxiety

This is an amazing video- and really inspirational. It shows 55 people from 13 countries all around the world who live with social anxiety disorder. My hat is off to Stuart847 and all the courageous young people who made these video clips.

Anxiety has such an element of isolation- the feelings are so bizarre, you feel like you are the only person who feels this way.

But see this video and know: you’re not alone. I’m not alone. Look at all these brave and beautiful people. And this is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. The actual number of people who suffer from anxiety disorders is staggering.

this video made me cry. i have experienced social anxiety my entire life.

Never be afraid to seek out help. It is your God given right to have a happy and fulfilling life. Social anxiety is a monster and it really stinks, but it can be kept at bay.

Banish the negative self talk. You ARE worthy of friends and a full life. You ARE good enough. You ARE important. You Do matter. You are NOT weird or freakish or any of those things that go through your head.

Don’t let social anxiety interfere with your life to the point where you compromise the quality of your life. Do not isolate with social anxiety. I did this in the past. I used drugs in my teens and over drank. Later I was over medicated by my doctors who really didn’t understand what I needed to get better.

Talk to a doctor- one who will listen. Talk to your loved ones. Talk to others on forums. Reach out to the people who love and care about you.

Find an anxiety self help program to get you on the right track- and really stick to it like your life depends on it- the happiness and quality of your life really does! (Click here for my favorite)

They say in life that pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional.

Find what works for you- and then WORK IT. Your life is waiting for you. 🙂

We are not alone, and together we can heal.

I wish you peace,

Jill G.

ps. In Peace from Nervous Suffering, Dr. Claire Weekes actually walks you through scary social situations- I used to keep it in my purse and read the ‘journals’ when I was on the verge of panic attacks out in public. It was truly a life saver for me.

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