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  1. Hi Red One and welcome I felt the same way when I found this forum too, it's saved me, really! It's great to know you're not the only one. You sound just like me... I would dread dinner situations, and a lot of cases I'd avoid eating altogether, or just pretend I have a headache or something. It's amazing what lengths we'll go through to hide our problem... :oops: Seems to be very common in young people... I'm 21 myself. I'd recommend seeing a doctor about it if you haven't already... I was recently put on Effexor and I'm amazed at the results, no more fearing dinner or meetings. Still blush but very seldom... Just remember that the problem we have isn't "blushing", it's anxiety that causes worry and blushing. Tell your doctor you have social anxiety and about situations you fear most in. If they don't take you serious then find another doctor who does. Don't stop until you get the treatment you need! It's not worth waiting, I wish I looked into it years ago but glad I finally did.
  2. I am interested in doing your poll and will e-mail you about it shortly. Are you going to post the results on here? I think it might be a good idea...
  3. Hi everyone, Just thought I'd pop in and give a little update! First off, excuse my ignorance, but what are SSRI's? Is Effexor an SSRI? Secondly, I'm still very pleased at the result of this medication. When I was about a week in, I messed up my pills and took a double dosage one day as I was nervous for a large family dinner I had to attend (needless to say, I did not blush once lol)... It made my body do some strange/scary things however. I decided that in order to keep it balanced, I wouldn't take my pill the next day, I wanted to get regular again immediately. So things were a little anxious for a couple days and I got worried again, but now that it's back to regular in my system, my worries are just vanishing. It took about a week for the "zombie" feeling to wear off, but now that it has, I feel great! I'm such a happier person. Everyday at work I just look forward to going home and spending time with my boyfriend. I'm not constantly worrying. It was hard before because I have a mindless, easy job (data entry) so it's hard not to think about things... all I would think of was blushing and was I going to blush in the office, when the next meeting was, am I gonna blush when I get home from work. Now I can just enjoy life, and while I still blush and probably always will, it's been reduced by about 90%, and that constant worry is virtually... gone. I didn't even wear makeup today, plus put my hair in a ponytail. It's been ages since I've gone out without makeup... and I never tie my hair back if I can help it.
  4. I'm currently taking effexor. it's the only pill i've ever taken for my anxiety and only been on it about 2 weeks. It's intended for long-term use. i take one pill a day @ 37.5mg. i can say that i noticed a difference after the first pill. within an hour all my stress and stupid pointless worries were pretty much gone. some of the side effects i experienced were overly sweaty hands, nausea, headache... those wore off after a few days, and now i just feel better every day. the blushing has been greatly reduced, probably about 80-90%. I will still blush once in a while but it's not too often to notice. i can sit at the dinner table without worrying. i am able to open up a lot more at work and socialize much easier. the fear of blushing will probably never fully leave me, since i will be scarred from it for a long time... but it's greatly reduced and i feel like my old self again.
  5. Hands are very sweaty today haha, but I went to a new doctor today who was very helpful, she said it would take about 3 weeks for all those side effects to go away. W/e if my blushing and anxiety are reduced i dont mind being sick for a little while!
  6. shyjb


    I started on it yesterday, and mainly for anxiety. 37.5mg I find that my blushing has already been greatly reduced from the first pill. Way less nervous overall, and in "blushing" situations I'm finding my hands are just getting really sweaty insead... lol today I was joking about it and whiping them on my bfs pants. Eww! haha. The doctor said that it will take 1-3 weeks for all the side effects (drowsyness, headache, nasea, sweaty hands are ones I'm experiencing) to completely go away. I'm totally fine with it because I do feel like my old self again, in ways I haven't felt in months. I'm amazed because I was also told it would take a week before I noticed anything...
  7. Hi all, Just wanted to let you know that I finally spoke with a doctor... I walked in and as soon as I began explaining to him my problem, I started crying and he was like "is CRYING one of your symptoms?" in a really jerkish way... but despite being a bit of an a******, he actually knew a fair bit about social phobia and anxiety and prescribed to me Effexor (Venlafaxine). I start by taking it once daily (morning) and then after my first week it will be twice daily. I didn't even get the chance to tell him about the blushing... but it was obvious at that point that blushing isn't the root of my problem. I took my first pill this morning, and although the doc said I probably wouldn't notice a difference in the first week, I actually noticed within an hour that I was extremely relaxed and did not have a single worry all morning! I was also very naseous and still am. We even had a surprise meeting at work and I can honestly say it's the first one I've gone to that I didn't have a panic attack or blush whatsoever. I had a minor panic attack/blush driving home because someone honked at me LOL but I'll pretend that never happened Anyways, not sure if anyone here takes or has heard of Effexor, but so far so good. I would definitely not say I'm cured (especially so early in the treatment) but wow what a difference. If the next week goes good I'm going to consider seeing a therapist as well and that should be the ultimate treatment. Seriosuly if doctors don't take you seriously, tell them you have social phobia/anxiety and blushing is a mere symptom of this. That's what I've learned over the last couple weeks (big thanks to everyone on here for being so helpful)
  8. I go to the sunbed a few times a week, I feel it helps a bit and gives me much more confidence. Only downside is I'm always wearing so much makeup, my face isn't as tanned as it could be. There's only one day a week I'm able to go with no makeup... Give it a shot, and be sure to wear lotion and goggles!
  9. I don't know if I agree with that 100%... I'm generally very confident, I wouldn't want to change my physical appearance and I have the capability to be funny and for people to like me. My confidence is destroyed by the blushing/anxiety... it's just one big vicious loop, don't know where it starts OR ends. I guess subconsciously my brain is telling me I'm not confident. And subconsciously, I believe it. It's just so sad we can't be ourselves.
  10. Yeah the green will definitely neutralize the red. I used to have a little bottle of liquid green makeup to put on my red zits! haha
  11. shyjb

    My story...

    Well thank you all for your replies, I truly appreciate it so much and I have so much hope now. My problem does seem to be getting worse every day lately... a bad faze I'm going through. On the plus side, I've found a doctor and am speaking to him on monday. Dreaj, I am taking your advice and putting the emphasis on anxiety and will use blushing just as a symptom. I don't know what will happen because I've NEVER opened up to ANYone in person... could be a real tear jerker for me but I will let you guys know how it goes, what medication I am put on, and how it works for me. My god I can't believe it's taken me THIS long to finally see someone about it.
  12. I wish I had your courage... unfotunately I've had to either turn down promotions or quit soon after I accepted. Just can't take it Congratulations... you are gonna do so well!
  13. I always used to wake up in the morning and think about what I dreamt... various conversations with various people and never once having to worry about blushing. Sleeping was kinda like an escape and I truly didn't have to worry... But just in the last few months it has slipped into my dreams... and I think about it now 24 hours a day rather than 16. I'd be grateful if I could just have a few hours of the day where I just didn't think about it. It's killing me!
  14. shyjb

    My story...

    Thanks, and thanks to everyone who read it. It was a little long LOL sorry bout that, just got bored at work, discovered this place and needed to vent...
  15. Thank you for sharing... your story made me tear up!
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