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I have social anxiety and as of recent it has been playing up, I had missed a fair few days at college now and despite telling my mum why I missed college she continues to get more angry and today she said I should just quite and get a job. Which just increases my anxiety. Can somebody please help me?
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You are going to have to be very brave and a strong will. I don't think quitting will solve your problem. Anxiety is a real issue, and no matter what the setting there's going to be people. My first suggestion is that you contact the disability's office in your college. Every school has one. It is better if you tell them your problem since they can help with getting extensions for assignments or making up exams. The office also has many resources to help you become a better student in spite of your condition, and some even provide therapy. I strongly urge you to inform the school. The hard part was getting into a school, and now that you are there, you owe it to yourself to finish. It may take you longer than most people but that's trivial.

My other suggestion is to talk about it. There are support groups and other students who suffer from anxiety like you do. You can always come here and talk with us, as well. A professional may help in this situation, maybe even medication. Please do not lose hope. Stay strong. You can do this. School isn't easy for a lot of people and for a variety of reasons. Don't let your own fears stand in the way. Seek help. We are all rooting for you. :)

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I too suffer from anxiety issues.  Try to take one class and day at a time, look no further than what is in front of you at the time.  I find when I face my anxiety head on and look back, it wasn't near as bas as I expected.  With repetition it becomes easier. Usually looking back any negative thought I may have had did NOT come true.
You CAN do this. every time a negative thought enters your mind, replace it with a positive.  If you are consistent in these practices it will get better!!
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I am so sorry your mom is not understanding of your anxiety. My mother also is not very understanding of what anxiety is. She tells me I can't do something or introduces doubt. I struggle a lot at times with college due to anxiety. What has helped me is setting small goals. Telling yourself If I cant do X today, I'll do Y instead; that way you can know you are still making progress towards something. I would strongly encourage you to look into whether your college has any counselling services offered to students. It could help a lot and a counselor could give additional suggestions.
Above all realize that the decision of whether to continue or leave school is yours; nobody else's. If you wish to continue, don't quit for someone else. Also, I know struggling academically due to anxiety can be horrible for your self- esteem, so realize you have amazing qualities regardless of grades or schooling. I hope I could be of some help. Take care!

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