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My Thoughts on "Recovering" from Social Anxiety

March 16, 2010 Aimee White

Everyone reading this is probably looking for a way to be cured from anxiety. I have found that when I focus on words such as "cure" and "recovery," it tends to lead to disappointments. If I am doing really well, I may feel that I am close to recovery. Then if I get hit with a setback, I am really upset because I thought I was doing better.

Instead, I focus on finding the hidden lessons within the setback and use it to move forward. My philosophy is to treat anxiety as if you may have it the rest of your life. If you do this, you can learn ways to reduce and manage the anxiety symptoms so that you can still live a happy fulfilling life.

Video on Finding Hidden Lessons in Social Anxiety Setbacks

In this anxiety video, I go into more detail on my philosophy of managing symptoms of social anxiety vs. recovering from anxiety or curing anxiety.

What are your thoughts about setbacks and recovering from anxiety? Do you think you can fully recover from anxiety or do you think it's something to plan on living with as best as possible?

APA Reference
White, A. (2010, March 16). My Thoughts on "Recovering" from Social Anxiety, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2020, July 9 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/anxiety-panic/2010/03/my-thoughts-on-recovering-from-social-anxiety



Author: Aimee White

Abigail
March, 29 2010 at 9:26 pm

I believe in ups and downs. I would love to believe in cure but like you Aimee I think that anxiety is something I need to learn to live with. Sometimes its easier than others and at the moment it is hard. Last year I had a whole 8 months without a whiff of anxiety, I managed to get on a plane and go on holiday without medication, it was a wonderfully liberating feeling. I think because of these ups....it makes the downs more depressing, I do not understand what has changed, yet I am back at square one. I have also found that in the 20 years I have suffered with anxiety my anxiety has changed. Is this something anyone else can relate to?

Jill
March, 21 2010 at 2:07 am

Setbacks are part of any recovery. I believe in full recovery and cure. One day at a time I am realizing this is possible. I am finally off my meds after over 20 years and my life is a joy. Your attitude is wonderful, but you must know that you are not destined to a life of social anxiety and panic attacks. Blessings Aimee and know that you are on the right path.
Jill

Aimee White
March, 16 2010 at 10:21 am

Hi Beverly,
My mother in law is in her 60s and she is widowed and lives alone. Her husband died when he was 42. To help her not feel so alone, she has taken on the role of Gramma very seriously. She holds late overs for all the grandgirls on a regular basis, attends a lot of their school events and after school sporting activities.
She has also shown interest in wanting to join a club/ support group for women in the same circumstances for making friends but doesn't really know where to go. There is a red hat society but you have to pay for it. I try to encourage her to start her own. Perhaps you could do the same?
Thanks for all of your comments you leave here. I hope things start to get better soon.

BEVERLY ROBINSON
March, 16 2010 at 9:48 am

I FEEL THAT I SOMETIMES PLAN TOO MUCH THAT I WANT TO GET DONE IN ONE DAY AND IT IS ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO ACHIEVE THAT. I NEED TO LEARN BETTER HOW TO TAKE ONE DAY AT A TIME. I AM ON LEXAPRO - 20 MG AND 0.5 OF ATIVAN UP TO 4 TIMES A DAY. I TRY TO TAKE ONLY 3 ATIVAN - ONE AROUND 4PM IN AFTERNOON AND TWO AT BEDTIME TO HELP ME RELAX AND SLEEP. SOMETIMES I WAKE UP 2 OR 3 TIMES A NIGHT. I AM 70 AND RETIRED AND SINGLE - HAVE A HARD FIGHTING LONLINESS AT TIMES. ANY COMMENTS ON THIS WOULD BE APPRECIATED.

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