I myself had struggled with Social Anxiety from early childhood. I was about 9 or 10 when I first became aware of it. Surrounded by very strong, opinionated family members, I felt like I had nothing ‘cool’ to say to match their communication skills.
As a result, I felt odd, weird, strange- you name it.
I stopped trying to talk in groups as I felt no one was interested in what I had to say.
Over the years, it just got worse. I then started studuying Psychotherapy with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and things suddenly started to make sense.
I WAS NOT ODD. I WAS NOT STRANGE. I HAD SOCIAL ANXIETY.