Does anyone else get noticeable physical tics from social anxiety?

Lilac98

Policy Enforcement
I've had tics for a few years after developing over time extreme social anxiety. My family said they don't know anyone else that will uncontrollably shake and twitch like I do from anxiety even if it's bad anxiety. Does anyone on here have a problem with this. I think I'm really slowly starting to find being around people easier. I go out with my autism worker twice a week somewhere quiet normally. We've now been to a supermarket and a shop in town once when I went to see where something was for a covid jab. We've been walking to a quiet bus stop in preparation for me getting on the bus to go to the library in the next town. Sometimes I feel like I've not gotten anywhere but my autism worker points out that I used to hide behind the sofa and not talk to her until I got used to her even being in the same room. I still really struggle with my sister doing my hair but I've managed to not move so much from panicking which makes it slightly easier for her. It's been ages since I threw up and nearly passed out in the middle of having my hair dried and before that bleached though I don't think the bleach smell helped with that. I don't have a clear reason why I ever developed such bad social anxiety though I wonder if it might have been a subconscious thing cause of being around grandad after he got out of prison for abusing my sisters when I was 11 and being scared he'd abuse me which he did and I forgot about it for years until remembering it last year (I'm 23) and him living with us when he wasn't well and having to stay upstairs so there were no problems when they took nanny to hospital appointments and I was left alone with him. He couldn't get upstairs. I was too panicky to eat with my family around that time so I could eat in a separate room but I'd still panic wherever I was and struggle to eat. I don't think I'll ever get back to where I was but I've got somewhere.
 

arfie

MyPTSD Pro
the more my anxiety management skills grow, the more i notice the tics attached. when i am anxious enough to hide behind sofas and/or vomit, i am too busy surviving to notice much of anything. as my skills grow, i relax enough to notice the tics and tells that let me know my anxiety is escalating. this is as true for all my other flavors of anxiety as it is for my social anxiety.

for sure, celebrating the small victories and progress make it allot easier to keep going and that is, indeed, great progress. keep your eyes on the prize.
 

Lilac98

Policy Enforcement
the more my anxiety management skills grow, the more i notice the tics attached. when i am anxious enough to hide behind sofas and/or vomit, i am too busy surviving to notice much of anything. as my skills grow, i relax enough to notice the tics and tells that let me know my anxiety is escalating. this is as true for all my other flavors of anxiety as it is for my social anxiety.

for sure, celebrating the small victories and progress make it allot easier to keep going and that is, indeed, great progress. keep your eyes on the prize.
What are your tics? My neck always twitches sometimes my shoulders do. I can get stuck holding myself in weird positions often whilst still twitching.
 

arfie

MyPTSD Pro
the first i took note of --right about the time i was suffering carpul tunel tendon seizures-- was clenching my fists. from there, i noticed i clench just about every muscle in my body and the residual effects of clenching appear randomly. when i unclench one muscle set, another clenches in random progression. my own tremors from that clenching don't show up until i gain enough social distance relax a bit. then the shaking becomes disabling for however long it takes me to regulate my breathing again.

holding my breath is another of my anxiety tics. breathing awareness is my front line anxiety management tool. when i can catch and manage that first held breath, i can often head off the entire anxiety attack.
 
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