Hello everyone! I'm brand new to the PS site.I found it a few weeks ago, but was "iffy" on whether or not to join. I decided to, hoping it's a community that might suit me.
I have pretty severe social anxiety. At first I thought I was just very shy, but over the years it has gotten much worse. I'm trying to cope the very best I can, though most days I give in to my fears and worries and just sit home.
The reason for my post is this: A few months ago I posted a comment on an article about mental illness, expressing my opinion. Today I received a reply to that post from a man, that was just short of insulting, though his message was brief. I took it very hard; so much so that I immediately began to feel angry and depressed and began to cry. I began to write back in defense of my opinion, and then I deleted my original comment. Thoughts and worries consumed me about this all day.
I have come to notice that any time I comment on something on the internet, I tend to get negative replies. I know a lot of people will be mean or negative on the internet, because it's easier to have the guts to do so on the web than in person. Any time I get negative comments I get anxious and obsess over what that person had to say, and immediately begin to judge myself through what they said. It is exactly the same feeling I get when I walk into a grocery store; the same rapid heartbeat, difficulty breathing and sweats; the same intense worry and fear. I was wondering if anyone has the same issue. To me it sounds silly to get so worked up over something someone I will never meet said, but I just can't help it. I've decided to seriously limit my writing anything on the internet due to this. Does anyone feel this too? Does anyone have any advice?
(Admittedly, I have those same worrisome feelings as I write this; afraid that someone will judge me negatively.
Thank you very much for your time