I am a 22-year-old college student and I am one of the many people who suffers from Social Anxiety. It has been giving me a hard time but I am not letting it win. AMA!
Growing up, I had always been a wallflower. I was timid, never the center of attention, passive, never assertive. I thought kids were naturally that way until I realized that my friends outgrew their shyness and I didn't. I was scared to make a lot of friends. I was afraid to speak out and to be, afterwards, judged. I refrained from social activities and I, for a time, turned to vices to cope.
Just a couple of years ago, when I realized I needed help and how my thoughts work were not how a normal person's should, I consulted a volunteer psych and from then, I came to accept my Social Anxiety Disorder but am working on living a more positive life despite it.