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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Do I have a social phobia?

    I am fine shopping but can't go to parties or social situations with people I don't know if there's a possibility I may have to talk to them.

    If I push myself to go I put my head down and feel sick or I get bored.

    Is this being selfish?

    I feel as though I know what I want but can't do it.
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  • Mariela Occelli

    Clinical Psychologist, Psychologist

    Mariela Occelli is a Clinical Psychologist with well over 20 years experience in the assessment and treatment of clinical disorders. She has worked in private … View Profile

    I am curious about your question about whether you are being selfish. This seems to imply that your reluctance or fear to socialize is affecting at least one of your relationships? I am also curious about your statement that you know what you want but can't do it. It appears to me that you experience a lot of pain in relationships and it is difficult for you to feel ‘safe’ and ‘connected’. However, avoiding situations that you fear will prevent you from developing a deeper understanding of your experience and the opportunity to learn ways to overcome your pain. Perhaps you could seek counseling from a professional qualified to help guide you in such a process?

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    Anonymous

    Thank-you for your advice. I feel as tho I want to go into social situation but when I do I feel sick and nervous so I avoid going to them but then feel as tho I'm being selfish by not going as I'm invited but choose not to i will continue speaking to someone I just wasn't sure what social phobia was.

  • Mariela Occelli

    Clinical Psychologist, Psychologist

    Mariela Occelli is a Clinical Psychologist with well over 20 years experience in the assessment and treatment of clinical disorders. She has worked in private … View Profile

    Dear anonymous, Yes it does sound as though you may be suffering from social phobia. I recommend that you consult a mental health expert such as a Clinical Psychologist or Psychiatrist to clarify diagnosis and to help you develop a therapy plan to overcome your difficulties. Your GP should be able to refer you to an appropriate therapist under a Mental Health Care Plan. 

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