Work is by FAR the biggest trigger of my SA. Can anyone relate?
i have a very specific, situational-based social anxiety that presents itself as fight or flight any time i am in the spotlight. of course, this largely happens at work; introductions to a new group, presentations, big meetings, conference calls, interviews, etc. funnily enough, the "introduce yourself to the group" might be my biggest trigger - rapid breathing and heart rate, quivering voice and the feeling of wanting to run out of the room.
BUT...here's the strangest part. NO one would know or think of me as having SA. in fact, i have been told MANY times that i would be great in sales as i love to tell stories, joke around, etc. i have many work friends, sit with a huge group at lunch and generally quite like work OTHER than the times i am in the direct spotlight.
is this atypical? much of what i read seems that SA sufferers are rather introverted and/or are the "lone wolf". i am quite the opposite outside of the specific scenarios outlined above.
anyhow, i guess i am coming here to question what my best method of attacking this might be. is it therapy? what kind of therapy - CBT? ACT? medication? a combination of all?
hope to read some helpful replies, and even better, some successes.