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I Am Beating Social Anxiety

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 212 People

    I once ran away but now I stay

    and get angry ๐Ÿ‘ฟ๐Ÿ‘ฟ๐Ÿ‘ฟ
    deleted deleted 26-30 Aug 22, 2015

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

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Night.

    I like the dark part of the night, after midnight and before four-thirty, when itโ€™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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    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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    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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    Related Experiences

    I haven't had a good friend in almost 10 years. I just want someone to talk to and go out for lunch with and just hang out with. I'm not easy to get along with because I'm quiet...
    ACWK226 ACWK226 22-25, F 6 Responses 18 hrs ago

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    Are you perfectionist and do you think it's common among the people with social anxiety?
    SensitiveBarbarian SensitiveBarbarian 26-30, M 9 Responses 1 day ago

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    Im so, so proud of myself! Today I had my college audition, and I had to wake up at 5am to get ready, (I didn't go to bed until 1am last night, so I'm running off not even 4 hours...
    Hipstercatlover Hipstercatlover 16-17, F 6 Responses 5 days ago

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    Sometimes I just feel like giving up. Waking up everday carrying this pain of social anxiety is ruining my life. I have days where im positive and optimistic, then I have days like...
    painfullyconfident painfullyconfident 22-25, M 3 Responses 6 days ago

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    The only way out is through.
    ogkev ogkev 26-30, M 1 Response 6 days ago

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    It's my friend's birthday tonight. I'm all ready to go out and drink with her family and friends. Then it hits me; I have never been to this bar, never met these people before...
    mlamla mlamla 26-30, F 5 Responses 6 days ago

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    I have to make a phone call to set up an appointment for a PET scan but I can't get up the courage to do it. :(
    sikkacyanide sikkacyanide 22-25, F 8 Responses a week ago

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    New ppl new places, never sure the right things to say. I usually come off as stupid or the person that says silly things that then they can pick on me with. Even my family does it...
    mlamla mlamla 26-30, F 2 Responses Feb 3

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    I hate when you hear someone say "Hi, how are you?" And you respond and it's awkward as is then you turn and see someone else standing there too and you don't know which of you the...
    ACWK226 ACWK226 22-25, F 3 Responses Feb 3

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    There is this one guy in my class who I have worked with in some group projects (groups chosen by teacher), who I think really shares my humor and is really easy to talk to, but I...
    RiverMountain RiverMountain 22-25, F 3 Responses Feb 3

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    I hate doing presentations with people and solo. I legit wanna cry sometimes
    StrangeMusings StrangeMusings 18-21, F 4 Responses Feb 3

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    It happens so many times where I have an event that I planned on going to. I get outside the building clam up and go home.
    Lacrimosadies Lacrimosadies 18-21, F Feb 2

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    Today I had to do a group presentation in my french class. The group I was in had my friends in it so they knew about this issue I have and because it was a short presentation and...
    Jessica4729 Jessica4729 16-17, F 1 Response Feb 2

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    I used to go to a gym class twice a week with my neighbour but I moved and she stopped going so I stopped too. I HATE going places alone. I feel like a clown with all eyes on me...
    ACWK226 ACWK226 22-25, F 5 Responses Feb 2

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    Ive been off my anxiety medications for a month now, school is slowly killing me once more.
    Jess9798 Jess9798 16-17, F Feb 1

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    I keep staying nervuos aruond people and am very insecure, what to do ?
    Yviroc Yviroc 22-25, T 1 Response Jan 31

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    I'm psyching myself out right now when I shouldn't be. This will destroy me so much.
    Peterpansxwifey Peterpansxwifey 16-17, F 1 Response Jan 31

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    I can't stand when people use this as an excuse to avoid life by choice. Too many people claim social anxiety when, really, they're just lazy and don't want to have to do things...
    omgwut omgwut 41-45, M 4 Responses Jan 30

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    I'm not sure if anyone feels or has felt this way too but I'm feel so anxious that I can't even express myself on social media in fear of what people will think of me. It seems...
    aquamoongoddess aquamoongoddess 22-25, F 1 Response Jan 30

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    I start a course tomorrow and I'm so anxious new classmates new teachers it's making me sick thinking about it
    anestacia anestacia 18-21, F 5 Responses Jan 30

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    I have no friends and I get really nervous in social situations where I start to shake uncontrollably, get light headed and sometimes swear. I feel that I am like this because I...
    PSOM PSOM 22-25, M 7 Responses Jan 30

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    I always feel like I have no real friends, only class mates, even don't have a girl friend to chat with, and lonely is gonna kill me
    dentista93 dentista93 22-25, M 2 Responses Jan 27

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    Last night, I took a nap around 5 oclock, the buildings fire alarm sounded off. Ripped from sleep, I pulled on pants and winter clothes to join my neighbors on the sidewalk. I...
    Starbr1ght Starbr1ght 22-25, F 3 Responses Jan 27

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    I don't know how to speak to people. When I do I just become awkward and lost. I think that's why people avoid me, or do I do it myself?
    KT3535 KT3535 13-15, F 1 Response Jan 25

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    'Why are you so quiet?' I hate being asked this question. I'm quiet because I don't have anything to say to you and I'd rather not be asked intrusive questions about my life. Just...
    Chirieleison Chirieleison 22-25, M 6 Responses Jan 25

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