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I have been struggling with depression for over two years, but have been struggling with social anxiety for most of my life. Earlier this year I started taking Pexeva (similar to Paxil) and it seems to help... a bit.

I still have these periods where, perhaps a week at a time, I am in this depressed mood. I eat very, very little. All I want to do it sleep and be left alone in my room.

Socially I feel more comfortable, perhaps because of the medication, but still get anxious around people. My days are filled with staying away from people to avoid conversation/interaction (I did not go to prom or my senior trip because I would rather not be bothered, and always work on my own with school projects even if a partner is allowed), but also feeling lonely and wishing to be close to someone as a friend or other wise. It's a odd combination, and perhaps others cannot understand it.

I have no close friends- I only talk to people at school and on the net. I've never been in a relationship with anyone (I'm only 18 though). I feel lonely, wish I had someone close to me, am terrified that I never will, and use imaginary relationships to cope with my feelings. I seem to be constantly worried and think about how I appear to others.

Despite my wishes to be social, I rather stay away from people. Either because I just don't feel like being bothered, or because I fear they see me as annoying.

Recently I came across an article on personality disorders and the description of one seemed to be scarily similar to me- Avoidant Personality Disorder (AvPD). I looked for more on AvPD, and continued to find more similarities.

I am getting mixed feelings. I feel slight relief that there are others that are so similar to me. But I feel scared and horribly bothered because the description of this disorder is so close to how I, as well as something I read: "about 2040% of the people who have a social phobia (social anxiety disorder)." the chances of me having this personality disorder seem great.

But in no way am I saying I have this disorder for sure. Obviously, only a professional can do this. If I gather the courage, I may tell my psychiatrist that I found some similarities with AvPD and see what happens from there. I am also supposed to see a counselor or psychologist about my problems as well, though I'm not sure which ones.

I guess I'm just looking for any comments someone might have. So, any replies will be appreciated!
[QUOTE=Siber;3999839]I have been struggling with depression for over two years, but have been struggling with social anxiety for most of my life. Earlier this year I started taking Pexeva (similar to Paxil) and it seems to help... a bit.

I still have these periods where, perhaps a week at a time, I am in this depressed mood. I eat very, very little. All I want to do it sleep and be left alone in my room.

Socially I feel more comfortable, perhaps because of the medication, but still get anxious around people. My days are filled with staying away from people to avoid conversation/interaction (I did not go to prom or my senior trip because I would rather not be bothered, and always work on my own with school projects even if a partner is allowed), but also feeling lonely and wishing to be close to someone as a friend or other wise. It's a odd combination, and perhaps others cannot understand it.

I have no close friends- I only talk to people at school and on the net. I've never been in a relationship with anyone (I'm only 18 though). I feel lonely, wish I had someone close to me, am terrified that I never will, and use imaginary relationships to cope with my feelings. I seem to be constantly worried and think about how I appear to others.

Despite my wishes to be social, I rather stay away from people. Either because I just don't feel like being bothered, or because I fear they see me as annoying.

Recently I came across an article on personality disorders and the description of one seemed to be scarily similar to me- Avoidant Personality Disorder (AvPD). I looked for more on AvPD, and continued to find more similarities.

I am getting mixed feelings. I feel slight relief that there are others that are so similar to me. But I feel scared and horribly bothered because the description of this disorder is so close to how I, as well as something I read: "about 20–40% of the people who have a social phobia (social anxiety disorder)." the chances of me having this personality disorder seem great.

But in no way am I saying I have this disorder for sure. Obviously, only a professional can do this. If I gather the courage, I may tell my psychiatrist that I found some similarities with AvPD and see what happens from there. I am also supposed to see a counselor or psychologist about my problems as well, though I'm not sure which ones.

I guess I'm just looking for any comments someone might have. So, any replies will be appreciated![/QUOTE]

I am not a psychiatrist, but it's possible you could have GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder) given the fact that you feel alone when you aren't around others.

Usually people who have APD (Avoidant Personality Disorder) choose not to be around others and do not feel guilty or give second thought to feeling the way they do.

If this is bothersome to you and something you are curious about, I suggest discussing this further with your psychiatrist.

At the very least he can tell you one way or the other whether or not he suspects you have APD.





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