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Hi, I have suffered with social anxiety for the past 8 years, intense blushing which turned into a fear of it happening in front of people, this turned into a vicious circle of avoiding social events, heart racing, knots in stomach. I tried green tinted creams to counteract the redness when blushing, natural vitamins etc and finally thought enough is enough I went to the doctors and was prescribed 50mg of sertraline I stayed on this for 4 weeks. I was quite lucky and didn't suffer many side effects just extremely tired. After 4 weeks I was increased to 100mg my anxiety went through the roof had bad thoughts and anxious going to work.. one night i went out drinking and the next day was horrendous my anxiety was affected for the next 3 days. Having a drink is OK but getting drunk can cause heightened anxiety.
I am now on week 8 and I feel as though things are starting to get better. I went to a bbq on Friday night and was able to sit around a table with friends socialising and was completely relaxed I was so proud of myself it really boosted my confidence. Everyone hang in there things do get better!I
Good luck and hope this makes people feel slightly better as I was constantly reading other people's stories just to have a bit of hope
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