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Thank you for the info Penny!
I have never been formally diagnosed, but I would put money on social anxiety for me. I have the classic fear of judgement, over-anxiety in social encounters with people I don’t know, and will blank out and get visibly nervous if I have to speak in front of a people (sometimes smaller groups that I know somewhat). I’ve found Dr. Thomas A. Richards work on Social Anxiety to be top notch. Unfortunately, my ADHD has gotten in the way of being able to focus and practice the cognitive therapy all the way through.
You are right about the anti-social feelings kicking in later. I struggle with this from time to time. Yesterday I had a similar problem. I believe it was due to very little sleep. I was talking with some people. One turned away from me to talk to someone else. He effectively created a sort of wall between me and the conversation. I just got disgusted and walked back to my desk. It’s always tough to gauge real intent and solid body language, with projected feelings and misunderstandings. I really messes with my great ability to read people at times.
I struggle with this daily. It has definitely gotten worse over the years. I am trying to use better coping skills and in counseling, but the explosions and irritability remain. My biggest question is how intrinsic is this to ADHD, beyond frustration, etc.?