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By Alan Scott, Catholic Exchange, Jan. 26, 2022

Alan Scott is a writer and graphic designer residing in Virginia. A former Agnostic, he converted to the Catholic faith in 2004. In 2014 he started his blog GrowInVirtue.com, and is the author of The Quest for Virtue, both which focus on growing in holiness, by attempting to live a life more simple and virtuous, a life that is lived for God. When he’s not writing or designing, you’ll find him, hands dirty, in his garden. You can find him on Facebook, too.

 

Nevertheless, there are things I know that I need to work on about myself. And one of them is pretty big.

At least for me.

I suffer from social anxiety. This is a chronic mental health condition in which social interactions cause irrational anxiety. For people like me with social anxiety disorder, everyday social interactions cause irrational anxiety, fear, self-consciousness and embarrassment.

And the word “suffer” isn’t exaggerated. I seriously can’t remember a time in my life when a “crowd” of five or more people didn’t quickly have me looking for the nearest available exit. And if I’m invited to a gathering, or worse yet, a party—well, my response 99% of the time is, “no, thank you.” …

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