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Managing SAD at College

By October 3, 2010

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Over the weekend I received the following email in my inbox from a reader:

I'm just back at university, into my fourth year. I think I suffer from social anxiety disorder and have found it really hard at university the past three years. I have never been able to ask for help, but now I recognize that the way I act and think IS a problem and want to do something about it.

I dread every time I go to class, even though I have known the people for three years. I struggle to even speak during class, and have spent most of my spare time of this semester sitting in my room.

This is my last year of uni and I need help!!!

To the reader who wrote in, know that you are not alone. College and university can be a difficult time for those with SAD. It is unfortunate that you have struggled for three years but good that you are now ready to tackle the problem. Below are some resources to help you get started.

To the rest of the readers, do you have any suggestions? How have you handled college or university? Feel free to share your tips or advice in the comments section.

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October 5, 2010 at 12:11 am
(1) Joe says:

Sorry to hear you are struggling through college with SAD. I myself have SAD and somedays are unbearable for me at school as well. I have learned to basically cope with daily school, but have issues with speaking in front of others.

I also feel awkward and anxious around people I’ve known for years. I think learning how to control ourselves on the inside will make us feel more comfortable around others. Control meaning, self-talk, breathing, and being “in the moment.”

I think the main thing to remember is that you are a unique individual with a lot of strength to make it as far as you have, especially with SAD. All we can do is to keep trying and try to make ourselves better everyday. Easy for me to say, but hard for me to do. :)

I would suggest getting out of your room more often with some type of activity, because it sounds like you may be avoiding the outside world. Going out for a walk, or jog, or maybe getting in to a club that you might be interested in to talk to people with similar interests.

Good Luck!

October 25, 2010 at 4:09 am
(2) Gabriel says:

From people who I have worked with, they don’t really have much of a social anxiety but more of a social not-know-how. They don’t know how to go about and conduct themselves in social situations that results in them being anxious and apprehensive. Social Anxiety can be controlled when you have really work on developing great communication skills.

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