Anonymous asked

I have a very close friend who I have been able to let in, i tell her everything. When my very close friend asks me to try and hangout with her friends or family I end up being completely quiet and feel completely sick and full of anxiety. I cant seem to get over this when with her friends, why?

Best Answer
Insight Psychological Staff answered

Melissa,

Thank you for your question. Given the limited information you have provided, it is difficult to say why you are experiencing anxiety during those social situations.  It would be important to gather more information to get a better understanding of what is happening during those times, including asking the following questions: How do you generally feel in social situations? Are you more comfortable in small groups or large groups? Would you describe yourself as outgoing and sociable or quiet and reserved? Is there something particular about your friend’s group of friends that is more anxiety-provoking than other groups of friends? I would also want to explore in more depth the emotional, cognitive, and behavioural aspects of your experience during those times as well.

To explore this issue further, please give our office a call and book an appointment with one of our therapists.

Regards,

Ashley Tulloch

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