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I Am Beating Social Anxiety

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    CEB32 CEB32 31-35, M Apr 8

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 am sick of this social anxiety and social phobia. I am a shell of what I once was. I have always suffered from anxiety and depression but seemed to manage with the help of...
    GroundedButterfly81 GroundedButterfly81 31-35, F 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    I have always had to deal with this my whole life! It is a hard thing to deal with, but I'm getting through it! I've realized now that I am who I am and if someone doesn't like...
    jamystery jamystery 18-21, F Mar 22

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    Social anxiety is from low self esteem and self shame. Tell me, have you ever seen someone who thought highly of themselves have social anxiety? I don't think so, I never have. Or...
    trippyprincess trippyprincess 13-15, F 1 Response Apr 1

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    So it's got to that time of night where I feel like a big ball of sadness yet again, it's day in day out...I'm getting tired of feeling like this constantly, I guess most of my...
    leahmusic96 leahmusic96 16-17, F 2 Responses Apr 11

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    Social anxiety basically anxiety induced people. People cause anxiety. Even my family causes me anxiety people I've known for years and years I don't understand it just live with...
    Slackergirl Slackergirl 31-35, F Mar 29

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    I just turned 34, and I am seeking treatment for social anxiety, in earnest, for the first time in my life. It was pretty severe and is still at least moderate. I've made some...
    bewareofpity bewareofpity 31-35, M 2 Responses Apr 5

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    I have social anxiety. From my experience social anxiety is shame related and this is what I learned so far: For example if your fat and your telling yourself every day that "I'm...
    ReliK ReliK 18-21, M 1 Response Mar 24

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    Having social anxiety is pretty much one of the worst feelings ever. It's horrible when you have to do presentations or talk to strangers. Mine is a bit extreme. I have issues...
    lovelyalchemy lovelyalchemy 16-17 Mar 25

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    I can't go to college, I can't work, I can't do anything anymore, I'm to anxiety to go outside. I spend all my days almost 2 years in front of books and on computer. I finished...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Mar 22

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    I am at a lost for words at the moment. For now I will Just say thank you for this place and the opportunity to speak freely without fear of extreme judgement. It is easier to...
    DuckyGirlHawaii DuckyGirlHawaii 18-21, F 7 Responses Mar 26

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    I have recently been diagnosed with social anxiety, and I tried to talk to my friends about it, but they think I'm "over reacting" or "faking it" and I'm scared to even talk to...
    daniemcw daniemcw 16-17, F 5 Responses Mar 28

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    I don't have many friends due to my small anxiety problem. The only friends I have are those who I have made 5 years ago. I really would like to talk more but I just can't...
    LoneWolf2001 LoneWolf2001 13-15, F 1 Response Mar 28

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    To those that have social anxiety, I want to remind you that you are not your anxiety. Do not let it define you. I know behind those irrational fears and involuntary impulses is a...
    athion64 athion64 18-21, M 4 Responses Apr 7

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    and depression and ocd. but, lately the social anxiety just gets worse and worse. i cant even keep a job because i cant stand that people see me. it makes me want to hide.. i get...
    lt623 lt623 22-25, F 2 Responses Mar 24

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    The only people I could ever befriend in high school up were other people with social anxiety or guys that wanted to use me. I can't make friends. People feel awkward around me. I...
    Nessybabi Nessybabi 18-21, F 3 Responses Mar 25

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    As long as I can remember... Social anxiety is a pain in the butt i always feel like I'm being watched when I'm outside also feel like everyone is staring at me not fun...
    babyface12345 babyface12345 22-25, F 2 Responses Mar 25

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    Also.. I have trouble watching TV and movies.. I think too much about it. Most people can watch TV and movies and not think about it.. It's just like being in another reality,, if...
    freeebird freeebird 18-21, F 9 Responses Mar 29

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    This has totally changed my life in everyway. I can't just easily talk, walk, think, etc. without over-analyzing it has seriously opened my eyes to all of the amazing things I...
    freeebird freeebird 18-21, F 4 Responses Apr 2

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    My public speaking is 0% I have social anxiety and am self conscious
    Maddya Maddya 18-21, F Apr 5

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    My public speaking is 0% I have social anxiety and am self conscious
    Maddya Maddya 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 5

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    Is there anyone else who deals with social anxiety/awkwardness I can talk with?
    DarkGoddesss DarkGoddesss 16-17, F 5 Responses Apr 6

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    How I view Social Anxiety ^^
    athion64 athion64 18-21, M Apr 7

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    I'm in nursing school, i've been required to go to these meetup groups once a week for the past 4 months. I never thought of this as a place for friendships to be made..but i...
    7Saren 7Saren 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 7

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    I wish I had a friend who I can too but making friends always been hard. Some try to talk to me but I choke up and run away. I feel like I would live off better in the woods then...
    KimberlyGarcia KimberlyGarcia 16-17, F Apr 9

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    I've always had this when I was little. I've had low self esteem since I was a child. It didn't help that my sister was emotionally abusive and my parents were generally dismissive...
    preeez preeez 18-21 3 Responses Apr 10

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    My friends are OFFICALLY sick of me talking about issues due to social anxiety. and now I feel like I'm completely alone. AGIAN!
    daniemcw daniemcw 16-17, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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    Okay not extreme social anxiety... but I am honestly afraid to ask anyone to hangout with me. I get so nervous to ask people to do stuff. And it's starting to really bother me.
    Girlinthefloweredskirt Girlinthefloweredskirt 16-17, F 2 Responses 1 day ago

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    And I'm bustin it square in the chops... Okay check it out social mizfitz... You're a wreck in the world some days right? People seem all frakked up around u and ud like some...
    SShawnO SShawnO 41-45, M Mar 24

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    Okay so I'm feeling really anxious. I'm so overwhelmed with anxiety, hopelessness and confusion. I have no friends and I have no idea how to make them. Also, idk when it's...
    freeebird freeebird 18-21, F 4 Responses Mar 29

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    Hope there are others that live with shyness and anxiety and can relate to this...nobody really understands people with shyness and anxiety
    shyguy07 shyguy07 26-30, M Mar 23

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    This is probably my worst problem. I want to be social so effing bad. My boyfriend is a social butterfly. He is THE social butterfly. He isn't scared to talk to anyone, he is so...
    Nessybabi Nessybabi 18-21, F 4 Responses Mar 23

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    It may not be as bad as others, but social situations scare the crap out of me. I hate being around a lot of people, but I'll tolerate it if needed. I just don't like big groups of...
    AjLeePunk AjLeePunk 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 20

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    I would rather socialize online than in person, I avoid school events at my college, I do not enjoy going to local malls, I hate riding lightrail and public busses. Half the time I...
    LezPride LezPride 18-21, F 3 Responses Mar 25

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    I'm 15, music loving, and looking for my somebody. Alone is just the beginning, my entire life is leading to nothing, and I battle depression and anxiety. Maybe one day I will have...
    JustThatOneGurl JustThatOneGurl 13-15, F 3 Responses Mar 23

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    I need to say this. I understand in many ways my anxiety has me floating inside a bubble of vulnerability. Easily penetrated by anyone offering a chance for friendship. So i...
    DuckyGirlHawaii DuckyGirlHawaii 18-21, F Apr 1

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    basicly i suffer from a severe anxiety disorder. i tend to avoid people because iam so nervous and shake alot. i would like to know how i can stop these shakes i mean its really so...
    pinkglitteress pinkglitteress 22-25, F 1 day ago

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    I really just want people to stop pointing out my lack of social skills or my being too uptight/serious. I just want to live my life. I do what I love and I'm good at it. I don't...
    firemedic12 firemedic12 26-30, M 3 Responses Mar 28

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