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I am too shy to even to make small talk with my coworkers. Will I always be this way?

Response from Jennifer Shannon, LMFT:

Jennifer ShannonFirst of all, you are not alone! It may seem like everyone else is comfortable in social situations, but this is not true. In one study of 1,000 people, 40 percent said they were shy to the point of it being a problem.

Social anxiety disorder is the fourth most common mental health disorder after depression, alcohol abuse, and specific phobias.


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