I need help beating this Social Anxiety...Does anyone have any tips or methods that will help without medication?
I have Social Anxiety Disorder, which limits my social interaction boundaries. I'm easily intimidated and put out of my comfort zone. Simple things like collecting cutlery in a restaurant make me feel sick with fear. I start shaking and ask someone else to do it. I can't go places on my own when I'm in public and I really struggle with meeting new people.
The problem is though, is that my boyfriend doesn't want me going on medication. The side effects are awful, (some of them), including sever weight gain or anorexia, depression, feeling sick (etc). He doesn't want me to have to deal with them, and thinks I'm strong enough to over come this on my own. But I'm really starting to struggle now, and as a teenager, SAD is not the best thing to have. Instead of being out with my friends, I tend to seclude myself in my room watching movies...
I want to overcome this, and he has given me his full support, but I need methods; how can I beat this? Are there any interesting tips? Thank yous in advance <3