15 years ago I discovered the name. 35 years before that, I thought I was the only one with my thoughts, feelings and problems. I have gradually learned to talk about social anxiety. It’s not easy—it’s embarrassing to admit to it and there’s a stigma involved—but it’s also rewarding. When I realized others suffer not just from social anxiety but also with the belief of being alone with it, I was determined to help raise awareness of social anxiety. My book, Social Anxiety Revealed, was just released.
I’ve been surprised by the warm, positive, encouraging responses I’ve received. I was expecting some hostility, but haven’t really had any yet. The biggest joy is that I’m finally getting closer to achieving the goal that emerged 15 years ago: to bring social anxiety out into the open.
I wouldn’t advise everyone with social anxiety to do the same as me. People can make up their own minds about what works best for them. I will say that there are many people who are prepared to listen if approached.
I hope to be able to tell a lot more people about social anxiety. This is my passion.
The saying, a problem shared is a problem halved, is very true. Try it, whether it’s your problem or someone else’s.
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