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Shy Love Men In Pain
Don't understand why I have confidence issues.Always been a high achiever. Well respected and loved. How do I cope w/ so much shyness, indecisiveness ?
Untreated SAD: Shyness is the primary symptom of social anxiety disorder. While you have depression, i wonder if the social anxiety portion got missed. Go online and google liebowitz social anxiety disorder questionnaire, print it out , fill it out and take it in to your doctor.See a psychologist for cbt and a psychiatrist for the anxiety and depression. Sad starts about age 13 and effects 13% of people. ...Read more
Shyness is about....: Fear. Plain and simple. Just know that adolescent shyness is very common and can be overcome. Fear of being known, or embarrassed, or unable to speak, or being rejected. Overcoming shyness, or fear, requires acting "confident, non-fearful & outgoing, " believe it or not. You can do it! check this out: http://books.Google.Com/books/about/top_10_tips_for_building_friendships.Html?Id=_o2eotznbx8c. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Impairment: Most of us are shy in at least some settings. If you are shy but it doesn't interfere with how you live your life, don't worry about it. It shyness starts to rule--avoiding situations, refusing to go somewhere you really want to go, becoming a "homebody, " then it well may be more than just shyness and time to seek help with a professional. ...Read more
Think of others: Shyness and self-consciousness can stem from a desire to avoid the negative evaluation of others. Practicing focusing techniques works well for many people. In your interactions with others focus on them and their interests. Increase your curiosity about them and their experiences. Let them tell you their story. Celebrate their victories and encourage them in their struggles. Therapy could help. ...Read more
Try to reach beyond: Your comfort zone. Set some simple goals, i.e., to smile and say something at a social gathering to one new person. Practice before hand some possible things to say. Join a social group that does some activity you like, ie, hiking or volleyball. Meet with a therapist to develop some goals and practice. Good luck & let us know how it goes. ...Read more
Risk factor: Shyness is associated less social support and difficulty adapting to significant life transitions (I.e., changing schools or jobs). As a result shy individuals are more at risk for social anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem that may lead to negative health outcomes. However shyness exists on a continuum from mild/non-clinical to severe social phobia, with 20-40+% of people report shyness. ...Read more
Exposure: Shyness like other traits, can be modified, but not completely eliminated. Exposing yourself to new situations with unknown people repeatedly may ib essence desensitize yourself to shyness in these situations. By forcing yourself to meet and interact with ubfamiliar people may also boost your self- confidence. ...Read more
Sort of: There are drugs that decrease anxiety, which would allow you to feel freer to interact in social situations. HOWEVER, you may not be socially anxious, but just introverted. Extraversion/introversion is thought to be "normally distributed," which means literally half the population is introverted. If so for you, it's not something to treat with medication, but rather to embrace and work with. ...Read more
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