Hello to all of my ADHD peeps, and loved ones,
As promised today I am going to talk about social anxiety. For anyone that doesn’t know what social anxiety is, it is an irrational anxiety that is brought on by social interactions. This can manifest in the form of embarrassment, fear, or even just becoming overly self-conscious.
I want to talk about this because this is an issue that affects many people with ADHD. It is said that 47% of people with ADHD have an anxiety disorder, and 30% of people with ADHD have this manifest in the form of social anxiety. This is compared to the general population which has a total of 19% and 7.1% respectively. Those are huge differences, so we have to make sure that we take care of ourselves.
Personally, I have experienced issues with social anxiety, and it took many years to get over the idea that people were judging me for things that I did or the things that I said. I believe from my time in high school all the way until a couple years into college I have experienced tendencies to believe that people were looking down on me. I had no reason to believe this, and people have been extremely nice to me, but it was something that was underpinning my mind for a very long time.
For people that don’t experience this I will give you an idea of what it feels like on a day-to-day basis. Have you ever fallen down in front of a group of people? You know that feeling where your face turns red and you feel embarrassed because you did something outside of your control, but silently in your mind you believe everyone is making fun of you. That is what it feels like to have social anxiety. Honestly it sucks, but that is why I am writing a post on this because it doesn’t have to suck. Like I said it took me a long time to get over my social anxiety tendencies and of course they come back at times, but we continue on because that is the way that we can improve ourselves and become happier.