Hey guys, it’s Hannah. Social anxiety is the fear of social situations and it’s a major problem for a lot of people living with bipolar disorder, including myself; which I think those around me would be really surprised to hear. But when I’m depressed, I completely withdraw from friends and family and social interactions become extremely stressful. One person who understands the struggle is rawsammi. We met her on her awesome YouTube channel and today she’s going to share what social anxiety is like for her. Hi Hannah. I’m going to tell you guys about what it’s like to deal with social anxiety. It’s really not fun. It’s really hard. It can make it hard to leave the house, to do what one would consider normal everyday things such as going to the grocery store or going to the post office. It’s really difficult. And when I’m in those situations, it’s really uncomfortable. I have a little bit of dissociation and panic. I have physical symptoms and also psychological symptoms. You know, hopefully I’ll be able to go into more detail with you guys later, but that’s the basics. And I feel that by taking anti-anxiety medication and also having someone going to be that can help a lot too. A couple of coping methods I use are affirmations and positive self-talk. I’ve been working on these recently and they’ve been really helpful. Every morning, I get up and I recite a couple of affirmations to myself. You know, “I’m worthy. I am confident. I radiate beauty, elegance and grace”. That’s real one of them. Okay, don’t be surprised. But it’s replacing these negative thoughts with positive ones. But what I want to know is: How does social anxiety affect your life and what are some of the coping tools you use? Please share your experiences in the comments section below. Thank you so much Sammi for sharing your experiences. Please subscribe to her YouTube channel as well as my own. And I look forward to seeing you next Monday. Bye.