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I Am Beating Social Anxiety

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 208 People

    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 18-21, M 4 Responses Jul 31, 2007

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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 1 Response Jun 28, 2010

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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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    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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    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 4 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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    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, 2014

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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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    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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    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 22-25, F 2 Responses Jul 29, 2010

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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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    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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    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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    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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    CEB32 CEB32 31-35, M 2 Responses Apr 8, 2014

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    An acquaintance of mine is coming over for a sleepover tonight. I know I'm not supposed to be nervous, but I am. Although, I am excited that someone is coming over, cause' I...
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    Whenever I'm invited to an event I always make an excuse not to attend. I always fear that I won't fit in with anyone so I stay to myself. Sometimes I cry about it. I want to...
    ASHLI22 ASHLI22 22-25, F 1 Response 3 hrs ago

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    Decorated a bridal shower and met a bunch of people I didn't know, I did okay at first but eventually had to go downstairs by myself for awhile.
    Wakingdemons Wakingdemons 18-21, F 3 hrs ago

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    Made plans to meet up with a friend. Walked half an hour in the rain to the corner where we usually meet. She wasn't there, and my phone was dead. Instead of walking the rest of...
    PurpleUmbrellas PurpleUmbrellas 18-21, F 3 hrs ago

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    certain people I find hard to talk to not that I don't want to it's nothing to do with how they are it's my issue I just find meeting new friends a bit nervous but want to get over...
    susananngoga32 susananngoga32 31-35, F 7 hrs ago

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    idk. what to do.I feel.a mental breakdown coming..bad...I really don't enjoy my husband..he's draining and lazy ..I don't care much for his family either..I feel so number tired...
    butterflytrppd butterflytrppd 31-35, F 8 hrs ago

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    I'm not anti-social. I'm just not social. -Woody Allen
    KaylaCherie KaylaCherie 13-15, F 1 day ago

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    When you're the only person in your family with social anxiety .. So everyone thinks you're faking it .. But you're not.
    KaylaCherie KaylaCherie 13-15, F 2 Responses 1 day ago

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    There is new research about the causes of social anxiety and it might not be what you think. Apparently everyone has a ranking on the empathy scale. Those who have max empathy tend...
    PinBallToo PinBallToo 36-40, M 4 Responses 1 day ago

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    anyone else feel like he will be more comfortable with other people that suffer too from social anxiety? i think that only who suffers too from it could really understand you. id...
    r3dax1s r3dax1s 26-30, M 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    Being called shy because you're quiet in social situations .. I'M NOT SHY, I JUST DONT WANT TO SAY ANYTHING STUPID AND EMBARRASS MYSELF IN FRONT OF EVERYBODY!!
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    When you're the only person in your family with social anxiety .. So then everyone thinks you're faking it .. But you're not. πŸ˜«πŸ˜«πŸ˜«πŸ˜”πŸ˜”πŸ˜’πŸ˜’πŸ˜’πŸ˜’
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses 2 days ago

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    No one that doesn't have social anxiety can really understand the effort it takes to get up and go somewhere you know has people everywhere... My social anxiety makes me feel like...
    PlanetGaia PlanetGaia 18-21, F Jun 27

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    I have social anxiety and adhd combined im a ball of confusion and never endins thought im good at everything and nothing at the same time its frustating
    imperfectSassMaster imperfectSassMaster 18-21, F 1 Response Jun 26

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    i have been through a lot in my life. after my parents divorce and harsh seperation i lived with my dad who was a bit aggressive. he never let me talk to guys or even say hi. he...
    jessy55 jessy55 18-21, F 2 Responses Jun 26

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    all of my attempts to become a socially functional person have made me miserable. they haven't been extraordinary attempts. but, they are contrary to my character and have made me...
    chaekowski chaekowski 26-30, M Jun 25

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    It's not easy. It really isn't. From my POV, social anxiety is an incurable disease that not even therapy can remedy, regardless of how hard you try to conquer it.
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses Jun 24

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    I saw a guy walking his dog when i was walking my dog, so of course i turn around and go home. It surprised me cause i felt confident in how I looked today, but maybe that has...
    SaintInHell SaintInHell 18-21, F 3 Responses Jun 24

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    Over the past year being a freshman in college I feel like I have found my group of lifelong friends. Hopefully its not just me but I feel like I've never been so close to a group...
    Lytt14 Lytt14 18-21 Jun 24

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    Dear anxiety, thanks for ruining my life, thanks to you I can't live my life comfortably like everyone else can, I always have to give everything more than a second thought I'm...
    slipknotisamazing slipknotisamazing 18-21, F 6 Responses Jun 23

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    It's really hard for me to socialize with people in my personal life. It's weird because I'm a sales person & at work I have no problem talking or dealing with people but when I'm...
    DeskDorkly DeskDorkly 18-21, F 1 Response Jun 23

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    Does anyone in this group also date someone with social anxiety? What's the relationship like?
    akaShaun akaShaun 16-17, M 4 Responses Jun 23

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    "Drowning" A plush blanket of comfort and destruction bound tightly around my frail body. My breathing is constantly labored and my toes curled under bracing for the next mental...
    writingmyrelease writingmyrelease 26-30, F 3 Responses Jun 21

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    I thought online would be a good place to start getting used to talking to people (since I can't face to face) but I'm having just as much anxiety sending messages as I would...
    momenti momenti 18-21, F 2 Responses Jun 20

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    Went to donate blood today. I stopped making appointments, because I'll get anxious about it the days before. I felt my stomach go empty and my heart start racing when I was...
    chaekowski chaekowski 26-30, M Jun 20

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    So trying to talk to new people over the internet and then feeling rejected.. Jay!
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Jun 20

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