After years of debilitating social anxiety, a special tool changed my life

After years of debilitating social anxiety, a special tool changed my life

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  • My earliest memory of debilitating social anxiety happened when I was 14 – a reflection of the trend that over the past 50 to 60 years, the average age social anxiety begins has gone from 20s to ages 12 to 14, Goodman said.
  • I was surprised CBT worked for me, but it has been found to be significantly more effective than supportive or talk therapy in reducing social anxiety symptoms and improving overall functioning.
  • Instead of thinking the person would deem me incompetent and that that would harm my career, I lightheartedly apologized and accepted the box of tissues she gave me to clean it up.
  • I’ll know it’s not the end of the world – and that the world is what I want to see and experience, even if I flub a little along the way.

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