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I Hate Being an Introvert

01 February, 2017
Q Since my childhood, I feel comfortable to be all alone. I don’t have many friends, and even with the few I have I feel awkward to be alone with. I go to extreme lengths to avoid social interactions. Whenever I get a day off I stay in my home all day, and I keep assuring myself that’s what I want even though I know it’s not true. Anytime I am forced into a social situation, I tend to be quite withdrawn to the point people don’t even know I exist. I find it hard to join in a conversation and I tend not to have any opinion. Once the whole ordeal is over and once I return back to being alone, reflecting back on the events makes me depressed. I am not sure if this is just a social phobia or more complex issue that needs addressing. What are some coping strategies that I can implement to overcome my issues?



Salam ‘Aleikom my dear sister,

So, in response to your question about being alone and having difficulties with interacting with other people and, as a result, avoiding social situations to the point that causes you are depressed at the end of the day. Certainly, what you are describing here sounds like you are experiencing some kind of social phobia or social anxiety disorder, in which case you need to adress it as it clearly affects your daily functioning and ultimately makes you feel depressed at the end of the day….

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About Hannah Morris
Hannah Morris is a mum of 4 and she currently works as Counsellor and Instructor of BSc. Psychology at the Islamic Online University (IOU). She obtained her MA degree in Psychology and has over 10 years of experience working in health and social care settings in the UK, USA, and Ireland. Check out her personal Facebook page, ActiveMindCare, that promotes psychological well-being in the Ummah. (