Social anxiety: I joined the anxiety group because I suffer from several types of anxieties and phobias. I want to start with social anxiety, because for me, it’s been one of the most hurtful anxieties. I developed social anxiety when I was in my late teens and I believe its genesis lies in a set of complex conditions. I went from being a popular and very well liked person to someone who generally avoided all company, not because I didn’t want friends and to be close to family, but because of social anxiety. It has had a corrosive effect on almost every aspect of my life.
That said, I am not here to just complain. I certainly want to bear witness to the pain of this condition…for me it has meant being an outsider, feeling alone and without community, constant loneliness , and of bearing the stigmata of that loneliness and lack of community. I have worked on healing my social anxiety all my life. I am here to further my own healing and I would hope that I can contribute to healing others. It is a long and difficult road and I don’t believe I will ever complete this task in my lifetime. My goal here is to make connections with others who suffer from social anxiety. It is in doing so that I can heal my disconnected, alone, scared self. To do this, I want to share my encouragement and hope with others, I want to witness my own and other’s pain, and I want to help heal that pain, and I want others to genuinely share with me. I believe that the only way to heal social anxiety is to be accepted by others as individuals and in the community. So, if you have social anxiety, I hope that this post speaks to you in some small way and I hope that it helps you heal this woundedness. May all who suffer from social anxiety be well.