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    anxiety or panic disorder ?

    hi all, what sort of anxiety am I suffering with ?, when I go into shop or supermarket, I have to have someone I know with me, if they disappear I start to feel panic welling up, also I cant go out and about on my own either have to have someone with me, is this normal for anxiety sufferers

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    Re: anxiety or panic disorder ?

    hi susan I know how you feel im 60 and ive struggled with this since I was 15 .I have a Labrador who I take for a walk twice a day but I cant go out alone I panic very badly I cant go in a shop alone buses are a big no no.im married and have 2 grown up sons.life for me is vey isolated ive been offerd some help if you would like to chat please pm me take care sue

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    thanks for your reply, its awfall isn't it, im 50 and also been like it for years, since I was 19

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    Re: anxiety or panic disorder ?

    This is social anxiety.

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    Re: anxiety or panic disorder ?

    I'd suggest getting a formal diagnosis from a doctor, nobody here has the training to tell you exactly what you're suffering from.
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    Re: anxiety or panic disorder ?

    Is this really 'social anxiety'??

    I have more or less the same thing, Susan, albeit slightly different. I am able to go out by myself, but I feel nervous and a bit panicky. While I am moving/walking I feel ok, but my problem is when I stop in the shop, like when I am standing in a big queue. I feel sweaty, faint, racing heart and all the other panic attack symptoms, but I only ever get these feelings when I am shopping.

    I never get them in restaurants, meeting friends, on holiday, family do's or any other social situations.

    It is the weirdest thing.

    I don't have to be accompanied. I still do it, but I sure would prefer if someone is there. I have GAD and my main issue is panic symptoms. I have suspected social anxiety, but always ruled it out as there is not a consistency there.

    I put it down to plain old anxiety/panic.

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    Re: anxiety or panic disorder ?

    I don't think that's social anxiety-I believe that is more about a fear of interacting with other people and feeling embarrassed in front of them etc.

    Sounds like a normal part of general anxiety/panic to me but as Rennie said it is best to get a diagnosis from a doctor.
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    Re: anxiety or panic disorder ?

    Actually maybe I was quick to say social anxiety, it sounds more like general anxiety but I'm no doctor.

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