“I’m in 10 grade, and I’m a writer. I’m really interested in fashion, poetry, film and I’d say I’m outgoing and...yeah! I think that’s it. I’m a volunteer at the SPCA, so I like to walk dogs there a lot. Most of the time when I’m in my own home, I don’t feel fear because I’m in a very good safe home. But when I’m out, say like...I don’t know, a city or in a crowded place.... I think I’m outgoing in a controlled group setting, where I know everyone. But I definitely have social anxiety in school and parties. Places like that. I think it’s a problem for a lot of people. I tend to stick with the friends that I already have. Instead of like trying to make new friends which is definitely better for me. And I think I come off as maybe standoffish because it’s hard to introduce myself, or talk to people that I don’t know. So I would say that it’s (social anxiety) is affecting my teenage years.
I think movies can affect the way that girls, but boys too, see the way that they’re supposed to act. And I know it was hard for me when I was first in therapy to talk about it. I thought that it wasn’t normal, it was this taboo thing. Like your brain is messed up....but in reality a lot of kids have it. And I think that it’s not portrayed in the media that we see today.
I would say that it will get better. I don’t know if that’s the case for everyone, but for me, it was when I came to this school, I started my healing. I wouldn’t say healing, but I learned to control my anxiety. And not reach out to different people, but to act a different way in public that makes you seem like you’re outgoing.
Maybe if I had to give one piece of advice, it would be to fake it till you make it. And that’s something that I heard a lot when I realized that I had social anxiety and anxiety. Because when you act like you’re comfortable and you’re happy, you start to believe it.”✍🏻🐶🌙
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