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I Am Beating Social Anxiety

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    My Life With Social Anxiety

    Social anxiety runs in my family. Most of my family has it: my maternal grandmother, my mother, my brothers, etc.... I even have a cousin who is afraid to leave her house. My mother tells me that I was once very social. I don't know when that changed or why, but as far back...
    Marivela Marivela 22-25, F 5 Responses Sep 20, 2009

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    Outside of Comfort Zone

    When i was in the supermarket the other day i was thinking to myself why do i feel anxious and paranoid here, whereas when im at home i feel so comfortable and confident.  I came to the conclusion that im outside of my comfort zone. So as a test i imagined my comfort zone...
    AdamDavids AdamDavids 26-30 5 Responses Jan 15, 2009

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    Major Transformative Period

    It all began when I was born...Well, that's a long story, and I'll cut that part short and say I'm a socially awkward schizoid who has usually been incapable of relating to other people or understanding ordinary things as a child, and learned my social skills and learned about...
    ChesterBSchizoid ChesterBSchizoid 26-30 3 Responses Sep 16, 2012

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    A Visit to the Grocery Store

    Terence McKenna, a really out there philospher and botanist, would get anxiety attacks around people.  He came up with the reality grip test/check:  If you can walk into a grocery store (at least a busy one), find what you are looking for and purchase the item...
    blankethead33 blankethead33 31-35, F 2 Responses Mar 1, 2009

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    No One Is Talking . . . How Ironic.

    Come on, people, let's get talking. I hate being around people, because everything I say or do is going to be judged.  A joke might not be funny, I might bring up a movie or song no one likes, I might act in some way that's not socially acceptable. That's why, I have...
    vagabondwind vagabondwind 21-25, M 4 Responses Jul 31, 2007

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    You Can Do It Too

    for most of my life i thought i was stuck with it. when i was younger, i could not even imagine doing the things that i do now. i also thought that i was broken and had no idea that anyone ever felt the way i did. it was a terrible secret and i worked so hard to fade into the...
    kittten kittten 46-50, F 5 Responses Jan 26, 2008

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    CEB32 CEB32 31-35, M 1 Response Apr 8

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    Happy About My Achievements

    Hi, I was diagnosed with social phobia a few months ago, I knew there was something "different" about me, but I couldn't name it, so I just guessed: hey, this is my personality, and I continued living with S/A, I didn't like to go out, or leave home, even when I started the...
    CatalinaMD CatalinaMD 22-25 2 Responses Jun 28, 2010

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    2 weeks ago I went back to china to visit my

    relatives, I had been praying hard for it, hoping god will use this experience for good, not like the previous time I went back(which was 2 years ago and when I was still deeply entangled in the web of this SAD thing) Today is the day I go back to singapore and so many things...
    annaxz annaxz 18-21, F Feb 25

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    Panic. Attack.

    Walking into a classrrom gave me a panic attack. Walking into a mall made me cry. learning I had to go out to eat for dinner meant my nerves kept me from eating anything until lunch the next day. Lunchrooms set me eating in the school psychologists room. How many times a day did...
    ShopGirl ShopGirl 18-21, F 5 Responses Mar 1, 2009

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    My Testimony

    I just want to share my testimonial and what helped me become a happy, healthy person. I used to feel so tired and fatigued every day no matter how much sleep i got. I also suffered from horrible anxiety and depression as a result. Someone told me about a protein molecule...
    aBETTERtomorrow aBETTERtomorrow 26-30, M Jun 24, 2011

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    The Fear We Must Let Go...

    Social anxiety...what a strange, unusual fear... Being afraid that whatever you say it may be considered stupid, weird by others... Being afraid that if you try to get closer to them and tell a joke...that joke will make them consider you strange, boring and with lack of...
    deleted deleted 26-30 5 Responses Jan 14, 2009

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    I'm Beating It - But Its Not Mine

    My wife is the one with the general anxiety disorder we both suffer as a result.  I'm fighting the battle to stay supportive and positive.  this site is my relief.  I hate anxiety but I battle it daily
    deleted deleted 26-30 Jun 4, 2010

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    I'm Getting There.

    I'm 32 years old, and just recently, for the first time in my life, I initiated the first kiss with a new girl without any obvious prompting from her. It's not the first time I've ever kissed a girl, of course. I've even managed to sleep with a few on occasion. But in the past...
    CleverScreenName CleverScreenName 31-35, M 1 Response Dec 19, 2009

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    Pushing

    I used to actually think that, deep down, everyone hated me, whether they were nice to me to hide it or not.  I realize now that this was a result of my abuse from when I was a child.  I was beaten whenever I questioned the things my mom did, because she felt...
    SeraphicWannabe SeraphicWannabe 22-25, M 4 Responses Mar 1, 2009

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    Night.

    I like the dark part of the night, after midnight and before four-thirty, when it’s hollow, when ceilings are harder and farther away. Then I can breathe, and can think while others are sleeping, in a way can stop time, can have it so - this has always been my dream - so that...
    ashlynnx ashlynnx 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 29, 2010

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    Related Experiences

    I didn't realise that I had social anxiety until I took the Liebowitz Social Anxiety test 2 days ago. I scored a 91, saying that I have severe social anxiety. My doctor made me...
    Hazelgrace22 Hazelgrace22 13-15, F 1 Response Jul 11

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    Today is July 4th..another holiday spent alone. i spend all holidays alone. people have stopped inviting me over because i always make up an excuse to not go. i get so anxious and...
    welcome2myworld welcome2myworld 41-45, F 5 Responses Jul 4

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    I certainly have social anxiety but not to the point that I cannot function socially at all. But each time that I go into a social situation, I do need to mentally prepare myself...
    NerdyGirl78 NerdyGirl78 36-40, F 5 Responses 4 days ago

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    My social anxiety has gotten worse. I get horrible panic attacks and sometimes I become angry ( not entirely sure why angry but it happens...) I can't even go outside without...
    CaliforniaPsycho CaliforniaPsycho 18-21, F Jul 7

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    A message to all parents. Hi. I haven't been diagnosed, not yet but I'm pretty sure I've had it for nearly 4 years now. In the recent years though, my situation has significantly...
    mayhems mayhems 36-40 1 Response Jul 17

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    Social Anxiety: Who else experiences this: -When you leave the house to go to work and come in contact with a stranger you automatically think what he is thinking about you - is...
    theworldasitis theworldasitis 26-30, M 3 Responses Jul 6

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    To those that have Social Anxiety and feel trapped, here is a message that I sent to one of my friends on here. I want you guys to read it: "Hey!, Thank you. I used to be a gamer...
    athion64 athion64 18-21, M 1 Response Jul 14

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    I have really bad social anxiety. I was at the food store the other day and my friend had to go grab something so I was left alone with the cashier. Then the cashier started...
    PrincessAphrodite PrincessAphrodite 13-15, F 2 Responses Jul 17

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    This weekend I have been visiting my grandfather on he fathers side. And of course that meant multiple visits from my dad's cousins and other people I have never met. Add to that...
    Skywalker1979 Skywalker1979 31-35, M 1 Response 6 days ago

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    Today was another crappy day. I think mostly because I am starting to feel bored. My little sister is on a vacation with her boyfriend, and I am left her with my overprotective...
    Skywalker1979 Skywalker1979 31-35, M 3 days ago

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    Took the test. Got the diagnosis. I have social anxiety. I am in therapy one or two hours each week. It helps to talk, but I have a tight family who simply can't stop having social...
    Skywalker1979 Skywalker1979 31-35, M 4 Responses Jul 19

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    I have been diagnosed with clinical depression from the age of 15. I guess what got me started was the constant bullying I endured through my school years. At the age of 14, I...
    Gemz2411 Gemz2411 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 10

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    I have only just really discovered this, I always thought I was just extremely shy but I have looked over the symptoms of it and I'm pretty sure I have social anxiety, I have panic...
    JustJess97 JustJess97 16-17, F 3 Responses Jul 4

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    I've had severe social anxiety since I was about ten or eleven (so about five years now) and it just keeps getting worse. I can barely leave my house without feeling like I'm...
    restoringforce restoringforce 13-15, F 3 Responses Jul 7

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    I have debilitating social anxiety. I am 29 and have had this problem ever since i could remember. It got worse during high school. I would not be able to eat during lunch over the...
    rangelb85 rangelb85 26-30, M 9 Responses Jul 17

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    I've had it throughout all of secondary school and up until the start of my second year in college. It's not even been that "look at me I'm socially awkward but cute" kinda thing...
    littlelionlady littlelionlady 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 6

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    So it's my bestie bday on Thrusday so we are having a girls night(I'm assuming bar/clubs) on Friday with a few of us from school. I'm kind of feeling anxious. I know a lot of...
    muffinpowers muffinpowers 22-25, F 3 Responses Jul 8

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    Do you know exactly when you realized you had social anxiety? For me I couldn't say, it just sort of happened and then proceeded to get worse over the years. I can pin point my age...
    silentlily13 silentlily13 22-25, F 5 Responses Jul 10

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    I think the worst way in which social anxiety affects me is with finding employment. I get so nervous when job hunting in person i'll often just do it online but I know it's...
    genericidiot genericidiot 16-17, F 3 Responses 2 days ago

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    I am really happy, today is 4th of July and I am walking a parade, for a political campaign. (My mom has been a campaign manager for several campaigns over the years so were...
    katieerika katieerika 13-15, F 1 Response Jul 4

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    I started college last week. I enjoy class but everything else is so hard. It is an accomplishment just to get to the dining hall for a meal. I feel awkward around my roommate and...
    Babaghanouj Babaghanouj 22-25, F 1 Response Jul 5

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    Um who else hates/hated Socratic seminars.. My English teacher never called on me to speak in front of the class and I never even told him I had social anxiety.. I assume he just...
    Niqua0507 Niqua0507 16-17, F 1 Response Jul 16

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    Anybody have any tips or advice to overcome social anxiety? I have a hard time communicating so I can't make any friends. Or if I do, I feel super uncomfortable and boring.
    Maq98 Maq98 16-17, F 5 Responses Jul 18

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    i have social anxiety and it hurts me so much. it hasn't gone to the point that i can't even come up to somebody and speak to them, but every time i talk to someone or dress...
    meowshelbs meowshelbs 16-17, F 3 Responses Jul 22

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    As you can probably guess from the title. I suffer from social anxiety. For years now SA has ruled my life, dictating where I go, who I speak to and what I do; but now, and I...
    SubjectiveXPerfection SubjectiveXPerfection 16-17, F 5 days ago

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    I didn't quite know why I couldn't dare get change from the teenager at the register, or ask a stranger for help in public until about two years ago. I did some research and found...
    thegreatsideshow thegreatsideshow 13-15, F 4 days ago

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    I get really angry at people who think it's a fashion statement to state they have a mental disorder i.e social anxiety, depression, self harm and suicidal tendencies (all of which...
    emilythespacecat emilythespacecat 13-15, F 3 Responses 3 days ago

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    social anxiety is a *****.
    Ashley1421 Ashley1421 13-15, F 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    I've been visiting colleges recently and all I can think about is how bombarded and scared I'll be because of my social anxiety. How am I going to make friends?
    ccb22 ccb22 16-17, F 3 Responses 11 hrs ago

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    Ugh, I'm so socially awkward due to my anxiety and it bugs me. I can't manage to sleepover anywhere. I always end up coming back home. I have to keep my phone charged and on me 24...
    TheSongPlaysWithin TheSongPlaysWithin 16-17, F 1 Response 10 hrs ago

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    Ehhhhh. I guess I do have it...Just a bit? Hehehe. I am an introvert. I have no problem with making friends and talking to people...But there are dome issues I have seen. I have...
    Wewerethereinthattime Wewerethereinthattime 18-21, F 4 Responses Jul 7

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    Testimonial Dinner My heart is beating so hard after receiving an invitation for a testimonial dinner. I want to be absent so bad but they made a special delivery to make sure we...
    thelonewood thelonewood 26-30 3 Responses 2 days ago

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    It completely dictates my life... Even doing the simplest things will make my anxiety start up, something as simple a bending down to pick up a pencil will cause thoughts like "I...
    BulletForMyBlackVeil BulletForMyBlackVeil 13-15, F Jul 10