Does this sound like AvPD?

2021.12.02 03:29 ledeledeledeledele Does this sound like AvPD?

Obviously there can’t be a diagnosis on here, but I want to know if anyone here can relate to this.
As a bit of background (there’s a lot more in my post history if you want to look), I (24M) was raised by an extremely narcissistic family and was bullied in middle school. I was the scapegoat of the family and was constantly insulted and humiliated for how I looked, how I dressed, how I talked, and so many other things. My family made me feel like I was a freak even though I wasn’t.
I spent my whole childhood thinking I was an unloveable freak until high school, when puberty really kicked in for me and I was suddenly extremely handsome. Or at least girls suddenly noticed that I was. It specifically happened when I stopped wearing glasses. I went from ZERO attention to suddenly being looked at by what seemed like all the girls in school. But instead of feeling confident and having relationships and doing normal high school things, I felt terrified and overwhelmed by the attention. Flirting felt too vulnerable and terrifying for me. I just froze up whenever a girl was checking me out. I physically couldn’t move. I would avoid eye contact and try to get back to the “safety” of not being the center of attention even though I wanted to be loved so fucking bad. There was one girl that I actually was able to flirt back with, and it actually progressed to some touching and more flirting (stuff like her putting her legs on my lap in class when our desks were next to each other, etc). However, it didn’t get any easier for me. I didn’t feel more comfortable. I was just…frozen while she was doing all of this stuff, although I loved it. I basically felt like I was exposed and eventually—almost as if I couldn’t control myself—stopped reciprocating and she slowly but surely realized that I was giving signals that I didn’t like her, even though that wasn’t the case at all. Every time I tried to talk to her about it, I physically froze. I still feel ashamed about it. I guess it makes sense though if I have AvPD. This is what happened in every single other circumstance where girls were attracted to me. Another problem was (and still is) the fact that my self esteem is so fucking low. No matter how many girls show me that they like me, I don’t see myself as handsome.
I’ve tried to talk to people about this but I either get sympathetic responses where they try to make me feel better but don’t understand how I feel, or I’ll get people who dismiss me by saying things like “Everyone gets nervous around their crush”. This isn’t fucking normal nervousness. This is how I would feel if I was about to die. Isolating myself 24/7 feels safer than exposing myself to even one person. I also get the people who say stuff like “How do you not have a girlfriend?! How have you only had one this whole time?!” How the fuck am I supposed to explain how I feel?
After years of therapy and going no contact with my narcissistic family, I’m just starting to feel comfortable with people. I’ve never felt that before. I feel like I can actually have a conversation with someone without dissociating out of the sheer terror of it. I think I might even be able to have a relationship (the only one I’ve had so far was LDR). It’s huge progress for me but I’m so angry that I’ve missed out on what should have been a normal life.
The scariest thing by far is still working at a job. The idea of interacting with so many people terrified me because I know I can’t keep up my false mask for self-protection forever. It’s exhausting. And yet I have such a hard time trusting people. It’s caused me to turn down so many job opportunities to the point that I’ve risked being homeless because of how hard it is.
This is my story. Thanks for reading.
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now, it has come to my mind that LEAPs may just take care of these problems. My assumption for SPY by default will be bullish and I always look to buy at the pullbacks near moving averages on daily chart. in fact I have a well developed trading system that took me a year to develop to refine. With LEAPs, I am not too concern with expiry unlike the weeklies. I set take profit levels based on multiples of ATR. if I somehow buy at the start of pullback, I would still have plenty of time to wait for the SPY to go back up unless we are going into a multi years sideway Action. The only downside I see so far is much of your capital is tied up up front since LEAPs can be expensive. But i think it’s still cheaper than holding 100 actual shares. Of course there’s a chance it might expire worthless.
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