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Social anxiety disorder? or am I being over sensitive watch

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    Well i'm in my second year at university. Before I came I used to avoid contact with my peers as I was bought up with a set of values and I was never socially mobile.
    As a result when I finally went out in freshers last year I was incredibly nervous and it took the whole of my flat to get me out and in a nightclub.
    It was not just happening at night too though. I was very concious about what I was doing when giving talks about research I had done I could hardly think straight and when I got up to talk I stuttered quite a lot and then went onto faster speaking (usually I speak very quick and most of the time people have to ask me to repeat what I say slower).
    Since then over the summer I have been living back with my parents and as a result I have been calmer, however already only 1 week back at uni. the speech thing is starting again.
    I would normally get the loss of mind thing on nights out aswell. Or the lack of forethought. To the point at which I am loosing friends over it, I end up keep apologising and it doesn't wash any more.

    I don't know where to start to get help, I mean thats even if I have this. You see when I was 5 I had a very hard time trying to speek and had to go for speech therapy and now I try to avoid certain situations as every so often I get left alone in clubs and in other meeting places (allegedly I have to get a backbone and do something for myself) and then my heartrate tends to increase and I start sweating alot as I think people are constantly judging me.

    Thanks for reading, I hope someone could help

    So you know what it is that triggers this off - new situations and public speaking. So why not see if your uni counselling service offers any sort of group speech therapy for other people in a similar boat to you (i.e. with social anxieties). This might be a good starting point and then work up to perhaps joining a drama club or poetry or something similar that you are interested in.
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