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I Am Beating Social Anxiety

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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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    CEB32 CEB32 31-35, M 1 Response Apr 8

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Related Experiences

    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 Jul 27

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    Yes I do have social anxiety because if I am in social sitting... I tend to tension up and coughing. Those are one of the signs of social anxiety for me. So that is why I don't...
    mother1983 mother1983 26-30, F 4 Responses Aug 2

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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 Jul 25

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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 Jul 28

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    I always knew there was something wrong with me mentally, I have recently been diagnosed with anxiety and depression. Due to be starting counselling in the near future. I do have...
    TheUnpredictable9 TheUnpredictable9 18-21, F 3 Responses 6 days ago

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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 Jul 29

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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 Jul 26

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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 Jul 28

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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 2 Responses Jul 28

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    social anxiety is a *****.
    Ashley1421 Ashley1421 13-15, F 1 Response Jul 28

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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 Aug 1

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    I have social anxiety and it's bad. I really need some help on how to overcome it. So far I've gotten better, I'm not like how I use to be as a child. I just need more advice. Help...
    Mahoganyloxx Mahoganyloxx 16-17, F 4 Responses Aug 5

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    I have social anxiety really bad, and I hate it. It's ruined so many experiences for me and talking to adults, or even people younger than me, just makes me sick to my stomach. I...
    jxssicaa jxssicaa 18-21, F 13 Responses a week ago

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    Aight brothers and sisters heres a mantra for you, from me. Mr. Social Anxiety. (Poet too!) No matter where you go in this world, you are in Your place in the world. You have a...
    SShawnO SShawnO 41-45, M 1 Response 6 days ago

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    Social anxiety has made me physically I'll every morning because I'm so afraid to go to school. I hate being snapped at and being embarrassed. I can remember being snapped at up to...
    AceGuy15 AceGuy15 13-15, M 2 Responses 2 days ago

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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...
    mareliberum mareliberum 26-30 3 Responses Jul 30

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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 Aug 1

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    I blew it with my mother today. I think I completely broke her already broken heart. Somehow, our conversation veered off to my walking pattern (which is terrible, thank you...
    mayhems mayhems 36-40 2 Responses Aug 9

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    And its getting really bad. I've always suffered with a little bit of anxiety, and I'm OCD about a lot of things so that did contribute to the anxiety, but recently I've been...
    behappy4 behappy4 18-21, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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    My anxiety got the best of me at the store today. I don't like staying in public places very long and I try to hurry in and out, but my mom was with me and she's always slow. What...
    cricket2121 cricket2121 18-21, F 6 Responses Jul 23

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    I havent been diagnosed yet but Im pretty sure I have it. Doctors say I have disorder. It sucks. I started feeling this way almost at the end of my first year in college. I had a...
    flight12 flight12 18-21, M 3 Responses Jul 24

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    And today, I think I had an anxiety attack. For one, I live with other family members and I'm uncomfortable around them. Especially my uncle, who's a perfectionist and prefers...
    Inadine Inadine 16-17, F 1 Response Aug 5

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    I only started expressing symptoms over the last 2 years. It's getting to the point where I don't even want to go grocery shopping. There's always too many people, and their...
    iamrae22 iamrae22 22-25, F Aug 12

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    I went to a picnic. I waited in the car for a good 30 minutes. I couldn't get out and as I watched people pile into the parking lot I just got more and more anxious. I finally left...
    xMayesx xMayesx 16-17, M 4 Responses 6 days ago

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    So im moving to budapest from debrecen the little town in hungary after my 3 years there. Things were great. I wasnt happy nor satisfied with my life. Living in hungary the first...
    ketogluta ketogluta 22-25 1 Response 2 days ago

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    We have new next door neighbors. My husband wants me to go out and meet them. I'm comfy chilling and watching tv. I just don't want to meet new people. I feel obligated to make...
    kbella814921 kbella814921 36-40, F 5 Responses Aug 1

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    Should I go out and have fun tonight? My bf is at a lake with his friends getting drunk and having a good time. I don't wanna sit around like a loser lol. But social situations...
    Rosaalie Rosaalie 18-21, F 15 Responses Aug 2

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    People are always asking me what I'm going to do about my life. Maybe I don't even know?
    sarahbear420 sarahbear420 16-17, F 3 Responses Jul 22

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    I'm tired of being pushed around by my emotional disorders. I want to feel good about myself for once.
    Altierre Altierre 18-21, M 2 Responses Jul 22

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    im going shopping tomorrow and of course im up late thinking about it I can never come home with the things I want I always come home empty handed. this is what happens while...
    idkhby idkhby 13-15, F Jul 22

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    It's so hard to understand yourself..I don't know why I act the way I do..I can't be around people, I can't talk, I don't know how to make friends, how to be nice and friendly and...
    whoameggie whoameggie 22-25, F 3 Responses Jul 26

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    Whenever I'm around people or they're trying to talk to me I get so nervous and afraid, I never know what to say or do and I just kind of panic.. I'm so afraid they'll think I'm...
    Tayway22 Tayway22 13-15, F 1 Response Jul 28