Posted by Joe Schmoe on June 14, 2001, at 16:55:45
In reply to Re: Any long term success for social anxiety?lissa, posted by tina on June 14, 2001, at 12:10:22
In my case, I have been a nervous person since I was a small child, and prone to negative thoughts and sadness. Full-blown social phobia did not hit till I was in my mid-twenties however. As a result it did not cripple my development and I possess most of the essential social skills - I was always known as an excellent interviewee in job interviews for example. I have never had trouble starting and maintaining relationships with women (been with my current one for ten years or so), and at my job I participate in meetings, give speeches and presentations (sometimes with the help of Xanax, if I get advance warning) and I hold social events at my house. The social phobia has never gone away or gotten better despite all these activities. It is clear to me that seeking out personal interaction and public performances is never going to get rid of it. I am looking for a medication which can be used on a long term basis to correct what I consider to be a genetic problem with my neurochemistry. I was hoping somebody out there had successfully done this, but I am not encouraged by what I am hearing. I have to wonder if it is worth the bother of starting paxil, if everybody quits it sooner or later. Serzone was a waste of time.