Hello, my name is Debra and I am socially challenged.
*So much so it falls into the realm of handicapped.
I don’t require a prescription or an over-the-counter drug or therapy. (Maybe) I am an introvert. Such an extreme introvert the sight of conversations in my twitter feed makes my heart begin to palpitate double-time. Any witty comment I had in mind turns to ash and blows away. All that’s left, a zombie desperately trying to suck back life, pull out something thrilling worth sharing.
The result―(usually) overwhelming and exhausting.
Do you suffer from this condition, Social Handicap Disorder (SHD)?
Here are a few clue factors to help with your diagnosis:
- You clam up or become overly shy in groups larger than two or three.
- Larger groups are more manageable with people you already know.
- Time with other people, known or not, is exhausting.
- The thought of posting overwhelms you with anxiety.
- You must regularly remind yourself of etiquette and niceties because you are wired logic first.
- You are sometimes overly sensitive, notice when others are recognized and not you.
- You need help with your social filter find yourself checking and editing your social media responses multiple times before hitting the ‘post’ button.
Do you recognize someone you know?
They are not trying to be rude or snobby or withdrawn. They simply need time, your support, and understanding.
Do you see yourself in any or all of the above?
If so, then everything listed above should should rather familiar to you.
These traits, coupled with the demands of being a full-time mom of two high-stressed, needy children (Aspergers with depression, ADHD with anger issues), and an almost absent husband, makes finding time difficult. Stepping out on that social platform already in a state of stage fright, not so ideal.
This is where those baby steps I mentioned a couple weeks ago comes in. Little by little, that’s how we do it. Deep breath, slow and steady. Because, if you’re like me, it’s easy to believe everyone hates you. Even within your “in” groups. But they don’t. So, if you are like me, I don’t hate. I’m only quiet, because I tend to be that way. You’re in good company.
Let’s see a show of hands. Who suffers from SHD? What can you suggest to help others push through it to the other of success?
Make sure you check in with this week’s participates of The Writing Process Blog Tour:
- Elena Dillon ~ Elena Dillon writes YA romance with suspense, sass and swoon.
- Marcy Kennedy Ι Science Fiction and Fantasy Author ~ Marcy Kennedy is a speculative fiction writer and a freelance editor who believes there’s always hope no matter how bad the situation seems.
Thanks for stopping by! I truly appreciate your support.
Until next time, immortally yours.
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