Social Phobia

There are two Blogmeets that I'm planning on attending in the next couple of weeks – The 12th of May, which I can definitely attend, and the 8th of May, which I want to go to, but will need some annual leave for that evening.

I'm actually quite a shy person. When I'm wearing my uniform I think nothing of ordering police, firemen and the public around if it is for the best interests of my patient. In my uniform I can strip people naked and stick needles in them and they are happy for me to do this. I don't get embarrassed at nudity, bad behaviour or anything else that would make your normal person blush. I tell off-colour jokes, walk into dangerous situations and shout at idiot drivers.

But without the uniform I'm a shy little wallflower. I hate being in a large group of people I don't know, I find it hard to introduce myself, or maintain a conversation. I worry that I look like an idiot, and I'd rather wrestle a knife wielding manic than try and “chat up” someone. (Not that I'm on the pull or anything)

So these Blogmeets will make me very nervous – Full of people who seem to know each other, I know I'll feel like an outsider. Most of the folks who read this Blog are other Medics – just that they are all in America…

Then there are the problems of etiquette…

What if I've never heard of your Blog?

What if I don't recognise you from the picture of you on your Blog that I do read?

What if I get a case of Hero Worship?

What if no-one has ever heard of my Blog, will they think me a “pretender”?

What is the dress code for these things?

Will there be enough alcohol to give me “Dutch courage”?

Will I even be able to recognise other people as Bloggers?

What if they have read this Blog, and think my posts/grammar/attitude is/are crap?

Will my breath smell?

What if I can't make good on my promise of assassinating other, better authors?

As you can see this has the possibility of leaving me a quiver wreck in the corner – which would be a bad thing…

Any advice for a wallflower?

All I know is that I can't wear my uniform there, as I'd get the sack wearing it outside of work.

7 thoughts on “Social Phobia”

  1. Hay fellow i have a site which have complete description about Social Phobia, Anxiety, Agoraphobia.You also can see the video of Anxiety Videos

  2. Hi,I just wanted to share information about something that has been a huge help with my Social Anxiety (has reduced it by 75% for over a year now.)

    It's a free network of free support groups for people with Social Phobia and other Social Anxiety problems.

    The name of the organization is– Social Phobics Anonymous

    SPAs' web address is:


    Social Phobics Anonymous (also called S.P.A.) uses a 12 step recovery approach, adapted from A.A. and O.C.A. to recover from our Social Anxiety Problems.

    In addition to the 12 steps, we also use the principles for healing fear developed by Rhonda Britton in her book “Fearless Living”.

    **S.P.A. is not opposed to other recovery approaches and a good percentage of SPAs members use our approach in combination with other therapies– like medication, behavior therapy, exposure therapy, ect with good results.

    SPAs' phone number(if needed) is (303) 404-3747 (based in USA although SPA provides help to Social Phobics/Social Anxiety sufferers anywhere)

    Again– SPAs support groups are free. SPA is a volunteer run organization.

    Please feel free to list this on webpages, share with friends, or print out and pass on.

    Many Thanks,

    Phil, Social Phobics Anonymous

  3. I can vouch for this telephone support group program. I just got enough courage to participate in it a few days ago and already felt some sort of belonging? Anyway, its a really good way of exposure, you can read stuff, share or just be quite and listen to other people share about their SA. Also I have my own social phobia forum, if any of you guys are interested you're welcome to join me at

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