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I Am Beating Social Anxiety

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 207 People

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

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 heard it! I heard the word freak. I heard her say it to me. I heard it. The anxious pounding in my chest is exploding. They found me out I am a crazy person pretending to be...
    honestlyanonymouslyme honestlyanonymouslyme 22-25, F 5 hrs ago

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    People don't believe me when I say have anxiety because I am really talkative
    kidkid240 kidkid240 16-17, T 2 Responses 22 hrs ago

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    Seems like all I do is worry about things I cant control, and that I have no need worrying about. Anxiety really sucks.
    KaylaCherie KaylaCherie 13-15, F 1 day ago

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    The worst anxiety is from phone calls... I never answer the phone... and if I have to make an important call I have trouble sleeping the night before. Not too troublesome now that...
    Salarymen Salarymen 16-17, F 2 Responses 1 day ago

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    I get anxiety just from sending people emails. It gets so bad that when I was doing a project with my group (I'm doing online study), I couldn't bring out what I was thinking...
    aarigel aarigel 18-21, F 1 day ago

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    To preface this, I need advice on how to deal with my anxiety, how to manage my emotions and how to make friends... Currently I smoke week when I am stressed or sad or anxious...
    MyMindCravesNectar MyMindCravesNectar 22-25, F 5 Responses 2 days ago

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    Hi guys please read? Ok well basically I don't think I've really felt this way before When I'm walking home from school I get this feeling that people are criticizing me and when...
    uglyloner uglyloner 18-21, F 3 Responses 2 days ago

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    Ah, hell. It would appear I'm on an upswing. This is when I get people's hopes up only to let them plummet, parachute-free. Are they justified? My attempts at being social? Or is...
    ambivalentFriability ambivalentFriability 18-21 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    I just don't think I can get out of bed today... Too much anxiety and sadness... Sucks. I'm such a shell of my former self...
    endurocycle7 endurocycle7 31-35, F 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    Not sure how or what to say to doctor when I book an appointment to tell them about my social anxiety, really want help. No idea where to start I know I will get nervous and mess...
    Eeee15 Eeee15 18-21, F 3 Responses 3 days ago

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    I've been homeschooled all my life, and never been around teenagers except for once a year at camp.. So this spring I played futbol for the first time ever, right as my anxiety...
    violentsneezes violentsneezes 16-17, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    I was signing up for my classes and i started thinking how the whole scenario in me being there will play out. Feeling so anxious, my heart racing, slowly getting sweaty. There are...
    reversethetime reversethetime 18-21, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    I really really need to work on overcoming, dealing with, or at least managing it.. And I feel like the more I talk about it, the more likely I am to overcome it. It's really been...
    chaekowski chaekowski 26-30, M 4 days ago

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    I walk through the grocery store and I realize all the people I am passing are going to die and dissolve and be scattered in every direction of the universe.. And all that...
    chaekowski chaekowski 26-30, M a week ago

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    As an intern, I think it's expected that we will say and/or do stupid ****. However, sometimes I think I go beyond that and have to suffer the consequence of humiliating myself in...
    crypticcrime crypticcrime 18-21, F 3 Responses Jul 21

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    It's strange how good I can actually be socially yet my brain can't seem to comprehend that and doesn't shut the **** up when I'm trying to leave the house.
    akaShaun akaShaun 16-17, M 2 Responses Jul 21

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    I have a very deep seated fear of being socially rejected. I had an abusive father and got bullied as a child. I also got bullied in high school and am now in very bad...
    Justventingg Justventingg 18-21, F Jul 20

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    A lot of times, when talking to new people, and before they approach, I feel this fear well up inside of me...it makes me blush and falter when speaking and it's impossible to be...
    winglessdove winglessdove 13-15, F 1 Response Jul 19

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    My dad calls me an old lady cause I don't want to leave the house. I don't like crowds and new people. I hate eating in front of people even my friends. I'm not good at socializing...
    Anaaaaa345 Anaaaaa345 18-21, F Jul 18

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    Many social situations can be quite awkward to me but I have made some good progress over the years with on and off help from therapists and anti-anxiety medication. But, hands...
    NickCavefan NickCavefan 31-35, M Jul 18

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    I refused to go to a store with my mom today, and her response was "wow, I've never met a 15 year old who doesn't like shopping." "You're a REAL piece of work.." Thanks mom...
    Bflyboo14 Bflyboo14 13-15, F 6 Responses Jul 15

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    When you have social anxiety about sitting alone at a restaurant table because you're waiting on the other person to show up
    spence96 spence96 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 15

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    I have a hard time in groups of people. Or talking to people that I don't know. I get so overcome with anxiety that I now often tend to stay away from anything social. I spend a...
    Runnergirl0722 Runnergirl0722 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 15

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    I also have social anxiety and it's really hard for me to be socialable
    nbp78 nbp78 36-40, M 2 Responses Jul 14

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    Okay, so I haven't been diagnosed or anything, and I know it's dangerous to self-diagnose yourself with things. But I'm pretty sure I have this to some degree at least. All the...
    dwyli33 dwyli33 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 14

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    When I was younger I thought I was just a little shy. After all that's what people would tell me. I got into a long distances relationship when I was almost 16. I loved her very...
    cifer21 cifer21 22-25, M 1 Response Jul 14

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    All my life I have dealt with social anxiety. and because of this i havent been able to keep a job or have many friends. i use music as a way to feel better. My mom doesnt...
    ravenlindsay ravenlindsay 18-21, F 3 Responses Jul 13

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