For many years I suffered from just that: Paranoia and Social Anxiety. Whether a product of my own social interactions, or delusional symptoms of prescription medication abuse and drug abuse, it was a condition that required careful attention and rehabilitation to alleviate. If you suffer from something similar, you are not alone. Today, Social Media can be used to treat such conditions, if used in the right way, as seen by the improvements made in my life through the use of Social Media. There are even Online Support Groups that help treat such conditions, such as the Groups on http://shfttribes.squarespace.com.
Usually when we are insecure, and experiencing some kind of weakness do we experience such maladies and dilapidated conditions. You’re life is not over, and your life is not ruined, once you experience such a condition. If you feel like you are not yourself, and that there is something wrong, the best thing you can do is get help, don’t let the problem sit and get worse. For example, I thought that by self-medicating I could treat these symptoms of paranoia and social anxiety on my own. I also thought that by blogging about my condition, that my problems would somehow resolve themselves and get the necessary positive feedback or affirmation that my thoughts were clear, of value, justified, and normal. Never expect or become dependent on others to normalize your feelings, usually when there is something wrong with us, and we share those feelings or thoughts, we do not get the positive feedback we need, and instead worry others on Social Media, or make people on Social Media fearful to talk to us once you announce that there is something wrong with you. It doesn’t always bring people closer to you to share your feelings online. In fact, it has the potential to alienate you Socially, and once you feel alienated, it is common to then experience the Social Anxiety that accompanies reintegrating yourself online once you start feeling better and more yourself again.
The best thing you can do is to realize your fears, identify your fears with a trained professional, and then begin discussing coping strategies for dealing with those fears on a daily basis so that they do not interfere with you progress and self-development. According to psychcentral.com, “it’s important to accept the fact that you can’t make everyone happy. This will lessen the burden of trying to please everyone by acting the right way or saying the right things.” Nobody is perfect, we all worry, and we all wish to be well liked, feel normal, and be a functioning member of society. But that is not always the case. Sometimes these conditions (paranoia and social anxiety) prevent us from living life, functioning, feeling apart of, and being normal. I know I first realized the extent to which I suffered from paranoia and social anxiety while participating on social media. It was not altogether obvious away from social media. But upon interaction online and through writing and expressing my thoughts online, I realized that I had a problem, a problem that needed to be dealt with right away. The first step to curing any defect or overcoming any condition is to first acknowledge that you have a problem, and to get professional help necessary in order to deal with that problem. Only then can you begin to live the life that you deserve, and overcome the symptoms causing your paranoia and social anxiety. I hope this helps, best of luck, and as always if you have any questions feel free to ask. Be well.
Michael Hedrick, How to Deal with Social Anxiety and Paranoia (Sept. 13, 2016) http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2014/05/11/how-to-deal-with-social-anxiety-paranoia/.
How Others Have Overcome Paranoia: http://www.paranoidthoughts.com/coping.php