Social Anxiety Disorder- advice please

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Hi,

Well I've been struggling with Social Anxiety for a few years now but thankfully I'm not nearly as bad as before. Before I used to barely be able to leave the house in fear that I may have to communicate with people and just embarrass myself. I was scared to walk into a shop and buy something because I was worried about embarrassing myself and it was horrible. I still struggle with ordering food from restaurants and every time I go somewhere public, I feel physically sick and sometimes I can barely breathe. Even going to relatives houses I can get these kind of symptoms and I know I shouldn't be worried or anxious but I am sad My problem is that I gathered some courage to talk to my parents about it and they don't believe me. They shut me down completely and told me that i should just grow up and do it. But that's easier said than done right? I honestly don't know what to do- my public speaking is just as bad as it usually is and if I'm honest I just want to stay at home and read, but my question is- what should I do now? I want to get help but where do I find it?

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    How old are you? This is very common problem. Have you thought about councillors? 

    If you need anything, message me on here or send me a PM.

    All the best!

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    I am in the exact same boat. everything you've said is how im feeling. Im 18 years old. I've lost my job because of it and lost motivation. A lot of people don't understand anxiety and many more mental health issues because they have never dealt with it, it's the sad truth. But it doesnt mean you're alone, forums like this, doctors, therapists will help you and guide you. Everyday do something that your afraid of, sounds stupid I know but it helps leave that comfort zone. My boyfriend and family don't get it either, and they don't need to understand it but they need to understand my feelings. I sit at home and read and watch fims at my boyfriends house whilst he works 50 hours a week.. makes me feel guilty.

    ​But its a working progress. If you wanna talk about it more you can PM me, since we're in the same boat smile

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      Thank you smile yeah I want to gradually build up doing things that I'm afraid of but my parents keep pushing me too far, I know they mean well but like you said they don't understand it. Thank you for replying smile
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      You are right about doing the things that we fear to extent of course.  I am not saying if your afraid to bungie jump to do it.  I mean being reasonable like going out in public and dealing with anxiety.  Do it in little doses 5 minutes, 10 minutes and build your way up.  You will gain courage over you fears eventually.
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