Our expert says:
Gosh, it's a shame if your Anxiety Support group makes you anxious ! Have you discussed this with them ? How do other members handle this nervousness ? Such social anxiety responds well to treatment, and though I support the value of support groups, they are no substitute for competent treatment, which should in your case probably include CBT ( Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy ) and possibly some medication.
As for reducing the tendency towards nervous diarrhoea, an over-the-counter remedy I find often works was called Chamberlain's Colic Mixture ( I think they have recently changed the name for complex and silly reasons ) ; a bright orange liquid, where you have a little in some warm water a few hours earlier, and it tends to calm and soothe the raging guts
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