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I’m Coming Out, I Want the World to Know

I’ve always considered myself shy, but if you ask the majority of my friends, they would tell you I am not shy AT ALL. I’m a pretty social and have a lot of friends. I attend events, travel and lead a pretty normal life.  But what you don’t know is that 9 times out of 10, I struggle in social situations. Years ago, I took part in a study on shyness that included group activities and some solo assignments like “starting a conversation with a stranger”, in hopes that this would help me with my shyness, but it did not. So finally last year, I started doing research on the differences between shyness and social anxiety. That is when I realized, I have social anxiety. Social anxiety is the third largest mental health care problem in the world today. In America alone, over five and a half million suffer from…