"Dear Carol, I think I have a social anxiety disorder."
I'm in high school and I think I have social anxiety disorder. When I have to give a presentation to my class, I get red, and I also get really nervous around guys. Yesterday, a boy came up to me and asked, "What's up?" and I didn't know how to answer. I just walked away really fast without saying anything. I feel good about my body and I'm not an outcast, but I'm always afraid of messing up. I don't think this is worth wasting money to see a shrink or anything
—Social Anxiety Disorder...Or Just Sad?
Dear Social Anxiety Disorder...Or Just Sad,
Hey, we're talking about your happiness here. That's well worth a little time and money, and many schools offer free counseling if you just knock on the door. Next time a guy says "What's up?" try to smile and say," Not much, you?" If you slink away, he may assume you're stuck up (not shy) and not be bold enough himself to approach you again. As for blushing when speaking in public, join the club. But the more you push yourself, the easier it gets. So give yourself a nudge—you'll be glad you did.
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