DEAR DEIDRE: MAKING eye contact with people is impossible for me. It is becoming a big problem.
I am a guy of 18, quite shy and seriously fed-up with being the way I am.
Recently I found a website that deals with this and to my amazement, there were hundreds of posts from people suffering the same as me.
Sadly, it didn’t really help as it seems there is no cure. I find that depressing.
I don’t want to be like this for the rest of my life. I’d love some advice on how I can overcome it.
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DEIDRE SAYS: If you are shy, eye contact can push you outside your comfort zone but it is a social skill that helps build trust.
My e-leaflet Shyness And Social Anxiety could help.
Speak to your doctor. It can be a trait of autism or Asperger’s syndrome and a diagnosis could help you access specialist support.
Check out the National Autistic Society (0808 800 4104, autism.org.uk).
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