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Do these two go together for anyone else? I couldn't even begin to tell you why I think I have social anxiety. I have friends whom I love dearly, and really like to go out and be with people. On the surface I'm a successful person, and some would say bordering on being a "goody girl." But when I get home at the end of a social event, I still find myself picking at my skin for nearly an hour, usually at the acne on my back, chest, and shoulders. When the acne head comes out, or I see a little blood, I feel clean and free. It's as if I'm literally pushing the stress, doubt, insecurity, and loneliness out of me. At times I don't even know how to perceive myself. I'm a happy person, and I love my faith, family, friends, school, and work so much. But at the same time, always underneath all that, I feel lonely. I've been like this since I was 14, and I'm 21 now. What gives?