People often ask me if these stories are made up. No - we change the names if the person does not want to use their own name, but they are very real. I recognize real names of real people just now, opening that link, people who have been group members here.
When I first read in 2006/7 that getting over social anxiety was possible, I was so happy to hear that, but in the back of my head, I thought... probably not true for me. I don't fit the DSM definition of social anxiety anymore. So, in that sense, I overcame social anxiety. The way that I think of it now has changed a lot, too, but that's only in hindsight.
Remember, people on these forums are here working to overcome social anxiety. People tend to move on when they have less reason to post here. Who else might give Ariya a little ray of hope?
Ariya, you might also try to reach out and PM people in this community, if you wish, maybe someone close to your own age like Adrianr, who just posted "How can I get in touch with a counselor?" http://forum.socialanxietyinstitute.org/t/how-can-i-get-in-touch-with-a-counselor/4411
You should be able to click on that member, then click again to open their profile and then message them. I believe PMs work for the community. If not, please let me know.
Also check this thread: