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An_241258 posted:
I think I suffer some anxiety, mainly social anxiety.

Ive always been shy and I find some days/weeks I can feel more confident where other times I just want to hide, and have trouble making conversation or feeling like talking to people.

Like today for example I have the day off work, and made an appointment for something on my car, and now dont want to face people so will avoid going.

I also was studying (around working) and had a bad experience during a class and left during the lunch break. I ended up seeing a psychologist for 3 sessions who helped build my confidence up and we mainly chatted. But then she said about coming back if i needed it and I felt like i was just wasting her time and nothing is wrong. I was fine for a few weeks and now struggling again.
I struggle with wanting to go to work, feeling motivated. I do my work and Ive worked my way into a good position but then i start to doubt my ability to be able to do it, and thoughts keep popping in my mind about how i go the position and that I'm not any good at it.

I even struggle sometimes moving from my desk at work, like if i know I need to go to the other side of the office to the filing room, i sometimes avoid it for a few days (maybe because i'll run into someone or embarrass myself some way?) and then eventually feel a more confident moment to go and do the filing.

So far, its not really effecting work but i am scared if i changed jobs I will struggle.

Also i'm looking really forward to having a baby. We are newly married so its not on the cards yet, but i want that time at home so i dont feel so anxious all the time with work. But then having time off for a baby scares me a lot with having to return to work afterwards.

I feel like the shyness/scared feeling stops me from doing a lot of things but i cant seem to find a way around it..

Is there any natural things you can take to help with feelings like this?
Patricia Farrell, PhD responded:
The first thing I would recommend is that you have a complete physical exam to make sure there isn't anything that needs to be attended to.

Next, the psychologist was a good idea because she can help you rehearse situations that are problematic for you. Stick with her and learn how you can make a difference in your life.

Also, use our relaxation breathing video tutorial in our Tips column.

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