Social Anxiety/Phobia Support – Episode 1: My Name is Ike

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What is a meaningful blog without a real character with which people can readily identify. Thats right, I have an alter ego, its not just a pen name – its me stripped down – the idealised non-social phobic person.

Ike will pop up throughout this blog of my personal experiences of Social Anxiety. 

I have been a Social Phobia/Anxiety sufferer for every day of my life I can remember, and No Im not just shy, this is way above and beyond that, you non-sufferers. 

I recently described the feeling I wake up with every day as a deep dark dread a brooding feeling of impending doom… To you S.A. (Social Anxiety) people reading this you will know all to well what I mean!

To those of you who don’t, this is how I describe it and suggest you describe it to those are unfamiliar with our plight: 

waseem_left-year-2 Everything I do is like standing in front of a packed auditorium with thousands of people staring at my every move, its that tight feeling, its that inability to keep your thoughts on track, its that fear that you feel when speaking in front of a large group – that’s how I feel each day with just about everything I do! waseem_right-year-2

Everything I do is like standing in front of a packed auditorium with thousands of people staring at my every move, its that tight feeling, its that inability to keep your thoughts on track, its that fear that you feel when speaking in front of a large group – that’s how I feel each day with just about everything I do!

Sometimes I struggle, sometimes I have worse days than others and sometimes I completely shut down… But throughout I have been able to keep my head afloat even under some quite remarkable circumstances. More on this later…

Every few days I will be adding to my memoirs here and detailing my past and my current battle with my SA, I have read and learnt a lot lately and am currently in the middle of Group Therapy via Christchurch’s (In New Zealand for you non Kiwis) Anxiety Disorders Unit so I will document much of this as well!

Heres to the Ike in all of us just waiting to burst out!

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