Having lived with social anxiety disorder for over 18 years now, and having researched the personal experiences of others battling with this disorder, all votes seem to be unanimous – social anxiety sucks!
Never experienced social anxiety? Consider yourself lucky. According to the Social Anxiety Institute this seemingly irrational but very real disorder is among the third largest mental psychological disorders in the country, after depression and alcoholism.
Is it just me or is that information – Um, WOW! If it’s such a common problem then why aren’t we talking about it?
Personally, having lived with severe social anxiety since high school, I’ve rarely had the desire to share my dilemma with friends, family, and definitely not strangers. (more…)