If you or someone you know is struggling, you are not alone. There are many support services that are here to help.
If you are located in the United States, consider reaching out to the National Alliance on Mental Illness HelpLine.
If you are located in the United Kingdom, The Mix is here to help you with any challenge you are facing. Reach out online, on social or through their free and confidential helpline.
If you are reading this from in any other country in Europe, Mental Health Europe has compiled a list of helplines and other resources in your country.
For more resources, please visit our Counseling & Prevention Resources page for a list of services that may be able to help.
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For everyone with social anxiety, this is a reminder that you don't have to be perfect in your interactions with others; you just have to be kind and that's literally it. That's all that's necessary of you. You don't need to say the perfect thing or anticipate what they would want you to say or even exude confidence if you can't.
Social anxiety tells us that we have to be perfect in in our social interactions, but no one is. Social anxiety sets us up for a level of expectation in our social interactions that we have no choice but to fail at, and then fall into a cycle of self-hate for failing and striving even harder for perfection.
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