I definitely have Social Phobia. I was finally diagnosed with it at age 41 after years of false assumptions and misdiagnoses and after a lifetime of suffering its unique cruelties. I'm 47 now. I'm taking Celexa (20mg). The Celexa helps quash the depression that was such a pervasive part of my Social Phobia. I'm also more outgoing and socially able, although I still harbor niggling fears and exhibit some minor, uncomfortable coping strategies. I would say that the medication has been good for me. I'm much "better" than I was. My problem is that the lifted depression, and the subsiding of the fear has unmasked another symptom. I have a lot of intrusive thoughts. I thought they were a minor part of a bigger problem back when I was really suffering and not being effectively treated, but they've been the most steadfast and difficult aspect to conquer in my cluster of anxiety traits. My thoughts always revolve around embarrassments that I've suffered (real or imagined), conflicts I've been in (verbal...while in my "dark days"), and a host of varied "bad" emotions and remembered occurrences that burst into my thoughts while I'm doing daily tasks. They are usually precipitated by some trigger. Watching TV usually brings on a host of bad thoughts since there are so many different scenarios being played out on the tube over an evening. Sometimes I even groan quietly as the negative thought passes over me in a wave. I have to cover up this behavior if I do it accidentally while in public by pretending to have a body ache of some sort (pretending to have a sore shoulder is a favorite). I don't relate at all to the OCD examples usually given. For example, "did I turn off the gas?", "maybe I'll catch disease germs", or "I'm afraid I'll hurt someone", or the other examples commonly given. But I'm wondering if these thoughts are OCD, or just a remnant of a life lived mentally ill, for so long, untreated; they do, after all seem centered around embarrassment, ridicule, fear, etc. All emotions that are central to Social Phobia. I haven't had much attention paid to this aspect of my Social Phobia by any professional (not currently seeing any though), so I was wondering if anyone else with Social Phobia has had problems with intrusive thoughts. I have that annoying thought that maybe *I'm the only one in the world that feels this way!* Please say it ain't so.