I have a question about social anxiety accompanied with phobia. I am a mother of 5 and I have had social anxiety since I was young. I am now 45. I bagan to drink and use drugs at an early age, to help bring comfort when I was around people. I had it pretty well managed, by making myself get out. I have had counseling in the past, but I never discussed this with the counsler, because I really didn't think it was a major problem for me.
My 2nd son is turning 16 next month. He has been struggling with MAJOR social anxiety for about 6 years. I figured he would eventually out grow it, but it has only gotten worse over the years. He has a very hard time walking into a room with other people, besides his family. He looks down, he doesn't have eye contact with others. He almost seems like he is shamed of who he is. He is a kind, gentle and thoughtful young man. He is also extremely bright. He is off the charts on all IQ tests. He has already finished high school at the age of 15.
He seems like a old man, in his personality. He is easily frustrated with the little children in our home.
I would love to hear some answers on this.
inspiredmom of 5