Agoraphobia and stage fright thanks PAWS

Postby Cthompson21 » Mon Dec 02, 2019 2:49 pm

I've written on here a lot because it seems the only place I can get good advice. I have been going through PAWS for a long time now, since 2016. I recovered once then smoked and it set me back and so far it's been over a year and four months. I now have bad anxiety, mainly social and in new situations, and one thing that's particularly frustrating is in crowds and in performance (I'm a musician). It used to be SO easy to go to parties and socialize, or to get up and be in front of an audience and play. I still do it, but now I feel my hands shake, my heart race, and I make more blunders. Public speaking is a number one fear and I guess it's normal but panic, I feel, isnt normal. I wish things would go back to the way things were but that's what I get for substance abuse. I'm still doing okay, still managing, but I'm not as good as I once was and it gets me depressed. Does anyone else have experience with this or advice? Thanks.
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