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By SocialAnxietySucks - / Wednesday 26 March 2014 03:31 / United States
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Grow some empathy, #6. She has social anxiety for gods sake! For those of you wondering- social anxiety is a mental disorder which causes you to have extreme and often irrational reactions of fear, stress, and anxiety in social settings or situations involving other people (especially strangers). OP's fear of walking into class late and having all eyes on her is a very common one, I've also missed classes because I couldn't make myself walk in late. OP- if your school has psychologists or therap

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You have got to be kidding me! I have trouble being around large groups of people thanks to anxiety/ptsd from 2 deployments. I can't even walk down the street without getting borderline paranoid. Do I hide in my house though? No I go out and get shit done. I'll be damned if I'm going to let it stop me and you should get the same attitude.

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#51, some people aren't so lucky. You know how everyone has different pain thresholds? The same holds true for mental disorders. Just because you can push through anxiety does not mean everyone else can. Anxiety's a disorder, and most people can will their way through it just as well as they can will themselves out of the flu. It just doesn't work like that. A positive attitude only goes so far. It's like telling someone with depression to just be happy already. There's something off in your bod

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61- Depression is a whole other situation. Depression is an imbalance in your brain, anxiety is all mental. It's only as debilitating as you let it be. I know how it feels to deal with it, you either push through it or succumb to it, but it is a decision either way. it doesn't magically go away, but you can learn to cope if you choose to do so. I'm not saying it's easy or anything, just that's its possible. being able to go to class to begin with proves that.

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65- Depression is actually not "a whole other situation". What you're talking about is normal anxiety in a situation where anxiety is normal. The rest of are talking about anxiety DISORDERS which is a completely different thing. It's like the difference between saying you're depressed because something bad happened, and actually having clinical depression. Anxiety disorders are, in fact, also an imbalance in the brain, just like depression is. They are not "only as debilitating as

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66-as someone who deals with it daily I'm pretty sure I know what I'm talking about. I'm not trying to look down on people and I'm sorry if it came across that way, but it doesn't make my point any less true. I could let my anxiety disorder rule my life and just avoid anything that triggers it, but I refuse to spend the rest of my life locked in my room. I choose to face it head on, and I want others to do the same. Sure that's not possible for a very small minority like my buddy that has seve

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Actually, anxiety disorders are correlated with deficiencies of certain neurotransmitters in the body- namely GABA, serotonin, norepinephrine, and a few others. People can be genetically predisposed towards these deficiencies, so the severity of an anxiety disorder isn't exclusively influenced by experience. Granted, attitudes, diets, and actions (among others) can also influence neurotransmitter levels, so there are numerous ways people can try to overcome anxiety (pushing boundaries is one of

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Its not just "oh this is uncomfortable" its more of "Holy fuck Jesus Christ what do I do? people are watching me and laughing about me and whispering about me- no wait that's irrational... but what if they are?! God damn it why are they looking at me like that? They must think I'm such an idiot. I stand out like a sore thumb, I cant sit next to anyone, they don't want me near them, they already have their own friends to sit with... I shouldn't have even bothered to come to class.

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The above are correct but sitting outside being asked if you're ok is worse if you suffer from a social anxiety issue.

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As someone who suffers from anxiety, its actually easier to dismiss concerns for your own well being and dismiss individuals than it is to stand having large numbers of people watching you.

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As someone who has social anxiety, I agree that it is easier to dismiss people that to go near them. Why? Personally, it's because people come to you, so you question less the interest they have in you. It's like ''they came to me, so it must mean that i'm not a bother because I'm not butting in'' But 2 seconds later, you think that they came near you either out of pity, or to make you realise your doing something bad or they want to go in class even if they are late but since you're stuck on th

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Social anxiety = rational thinking goes out the window. If I were her and didn't want to get embarrased and get crippled by social anxiety I just wouldn't have gone to that lecture and tried to catch it up.

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Sometimes the lecturers don't let you in if you are late. What OP did is not an unheard of solution. Many people would have just left and missed what could have been vital information.

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Social anxiety... Yeah might be an explanation, if you weren't sitting with your ear pressed against the door where other people are looking at you and asking you what's wrong with you. People don't record lectures anymore? It always Made taking notes and reviewing later easier, that and if anyone skipped you could catch up easily.

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People with Social Anxiety Disorder do not understand social cues. That's why OP had her head against the door. She thought it was a more viable option even though "normal" people would see it as the stranger of the two.

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Social anxiety does not turn people into retards. It makes them avoid social interactions and especially embarrassment. Doing something that looks completely idiotic isn't a result of social anxiety, tripping, sweating, passing out, vomiting, sure. Making a choice to do the more embarrassing and socially awkward of two options, not so much. But I forget this is FML, the land of teenage shrinks and doctors. Where if you're fat it's all natures fault and if you do something stupid it's obviously

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#8, I'm happy to see that someone has some sense. I can't believe most of the FML community are actually defending the OP. Just because she has a "disorder" doesn't exclude her from the fact that she is an idiot.

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55- Stop being so ignorant. People with REAL problems are diagnosed with REAL disorders. And don't use the word "retard." It's extremely offensive.

Everybody's late one time or another. It's better to be late then to never go in. Next time just walk in head high and take a seat. Simple as that

Don't be so hard on the OP, some professors are real bitches who give you a hard time if you ever walk in late

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I have always HATED walking in late. everyone stares at you like they're trying to burn a hole through you and the teacher always says "OH LOOK WHO DECIDED TO SHOW UP TO CLASS" I'm sure anxiety issues make it ten times worse. Some people are rude on here.

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