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Old 04-20-2017, 10:03 PM   #1
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My anxiety is flaring up so much this month, I don't know why. I always have these flare ups every second month, just when I think I'm doing better I get reminded that I'm not. I'm socially anxious at every turn. Every time I say something, I regret what I said. I've gone quiet now in rooms, because I'm afraid I'll say something stupid. I feel like everyone is privately criticizing me around me even though logically, they may not be. Especially among my classmates in my tight-knit theatre program. Lately I've been really mad and judgmental in my head at my perpetual sadness and complaining... I keep having thoughts that many people would be privileged to be in my position in life in comparison to where other people are in the world...and then I feel so guilty for not being grateful. Just today while analyzing a piece of play text, someone in my class said "people complain in order to obtain status" the day after I cried in front of another classmate saying I felt lost in life. I can't help but feel like I fit that description, even though it may not have been intended to be jab at felt like it. I don't know how to stop these thoughts.
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I'm sorry you are having such a tough time. You're not alone. I have social anxiety and tend to avoid social events. You are trying and that shows courage. I have an anxiety textbook that I need to find but it has a list of statements you can tell yourself before, during and after events that give you anxiety. It has been helpful to me in the past. Hugs coming your way.
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It's hard to manage this. Do you see a counselor at school? That may help.
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Hello jaz: Well... there is a school of thought that says trying to stop or "stuff down" or simply forget intrusive thoughts just makes them keep coming back stronger & more frequently. This is a Buddhist perspective. An alternative is to allow them to arise & fade at their own pace & to accept them with compassion. This is a practice called compassionate abiding. Here's a link to a mental-health-oriented description of the practice:

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