Let’s play a game.
You Know You Have Social Anxiety When…
You remember something embarrassing that happened 6 years ago and have a panic attack.
You practice a social scenario in your head for weeks before it’s even going to happen.
You’re glad when you get the flu.
You arrive everywhere super early.
The Friday feeling for everyone else is just like a Sunday night feeling to you.
You hate public bathrooms and not because they’re gross.
You suddenly burn up and your throat goes dry as soon as someone asks you for the time or for directions.
You feel relieved when your friends cancel plans.
You feel sick when logging into facebook or your email.
You think way too hard about what position your sitting in or where in the room you should look.
A 5 second exchange of “good morning’s” with a stranger makes your whole entire day and makes you feel like a conversational wizard!
You invite more than 60 people to your birthday party and only 8 show up, and two of those are your parents, and one of them is you.
You go running and stop every time someone cycles past, then start again when they’re gone.
You don’t have any references.
You have no one to sign your passport photo.
You can’t eat crisps on a train, because you don’t want to be that douchebag eating crisps on a train.
You are always bloated and in pain because you can’t fart around people and you can’t fart on the toilet if someone is on the same floor as you.
Someone asks you what you like to do for fun and you freak out and can’t think of anything that’s socially accepted as fun.
You let people call you Kerry for a year when your name is actually Kelly.
You don’t correct someone when you tell them your name is Kel and they call you Carl!
You have to introduce yourself to someone you were best friends with for 8 years!!
You feel sad because you’re left out of everything, but when someone asks you to hang out you make an excuse not to.
You never return to a shop or place you used to work or anywhere you think your old colleagues might hang out.
You get excited when you get a text only to realise you only ever get a text from your service provider.
You procrastinate because of anxiety but you get anxious about procrastinating.
You never go out on weekends, only on weekdays, during school/work hours.
‘You have 1 new voicemail’ is the worst thing ever because now you have to call a person back.
Your hands shake because you’re anxious, then you shake even more because you’re anxious people will think you’re on drugs.
You don’t buy the cake you want because you don’t want people thinking you’re fat because you eat a lot of cake, even though you are fat because you eat a lot of cake.
You never get your hair cut.
The facebook ‘seen message‘ feature is the worst thing to happen to your anxiety in years.
Your therapist has to refer you to another therapist because she cannot help you.