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Readers Respond: How do you handle writing in front of other people?

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Updated August 25, 2011

Some people who have social anxiety fear writing in front of other people. You might fear that others will notice your hand shaking as you write. This fear can affect your daily life, from signing checks and credit card receipts to filling out forms. Has this been a problem for you? How do you cope? Share Your Experiences

Shaky Hands

I went to put in an application yesterday and my hands began to shake. I was very excited to fill them out. If they choose my application I know I'm going to have to take a test and the shaking will begin. Please help!! Thanks.
—Guest Rochelle

talking is hard for me

Around my fiance and other family members or friends sometimes I talk too fast or too much. Around strangers I hold back, don't say enough or anything in social settings. Those are the worst for me. If there is a specified agenda it's easier for me to tolerate it, but not much more than no agenda. Kind of makes it hard to network if you can't hardly talk right? At work if the job lasts long enough I might eventually get up the coverage to get comfortable enough to talk to people in my work group. It takes a while though. I typically avoid expressing my own opinion. What if they don't like it? If someone agrees I will probably just smile and then clam up. I have seen a therapist on several different occasions and it's helped some, but never wanted to be on drugs for this. I tried it once and had bad side effects so gave up on that. My mother has mental disorders of her own and on lots of drugs and hospitalized often. Don't want that for me so I avoid the pills.

Shaky Hands

Shaking hands is one of the biggest symptoms of anxiety I have. It's not just a problem when writing, but also when I greet someone or I am handing something to someone. When the situation allows, I often place my hands in my pockets to hide the trembling.
—Guest Bobby


For me, shaking hands is constant and unavoidable :(
—Guest Zylvajake

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