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I Am Beating Social Anxiety

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 207 People

    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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    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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    CEB32 CEB32 31-35, M 1 Response Apr 8

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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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    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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    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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    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 21-25, M 4 Responses Jul 31, 2007

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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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    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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    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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    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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    Related Experiences

    I told my mum about my social anxiety. I'm not going to school, school is a place full of judgemental *** holes and so is this stupid house ._. I hate home more than I hate school...
    0Worthless0 0Worthless0 13-15, F 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    I have social anxiety since I was a teenager and I came to know that I have that disorder only at the age of 26. So, that disorder made me pretty much friendless and now I want to...
    cdef12 cdef12 31-35, F 4 Responses Nov 2

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    I'm up to week 6 of a 12 week social anxiety course. Each session is 2 hours. I am noticing some improvements already. But I wouldn't recommend doing this kind of therapy until you...
    lisadee87 lisadee87 26-30, F 1 Response Nov 2

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    Other people don't get it. They don't understand that it just isn't that easy. They don't understand why I don't like to go to crowded places or why I avoid social situations. They...
    Jessica4729 Jessica4729 13-15, F 2 Responses Oct 31

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    I mostly stick to myself because going out and trying to be social, well, always ends badly. I have social anxiety. I hate it but live with it. I freak out when I meet people. I...
    southerngirl15 southerngirl15 16-17, F 2 Responses Nov 2

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    I feel like every year my SA gets a little bit worse than the previous year. Right now i feel like i have hit rock bottom. I can't start or maintain a conversation, I can make any...
    snowtwhite snowtwhite 22-25 2 Responses Nov 10

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    I have really bad Social Anxiety. Once i was in class and my teacher told me to present infront of the class and i started shaking and I had a metal break down and fainted..
    Melissa072302 Melissa072302 13-15, F 9 Responses Oct 28

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    So yeah, I have social anxiety. It began way back a year and a half ago, where I started to realise that if I was on my own around a large group of people, I would begin to start...
    GamerGrimace21 GamerGrimace21 22-25, M 1 Response Nov 1

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    Its so bad, my social anxiety is crippling me.
    15ShadesOfBlue 15ShadesOfBlue 13-15, F 1 Response Nov 3

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    ive struggled with social anxiety for a while now.I rarely leave my house or interact with people because if I do I know ill break down even though I really want to.I feel so...
    inthisdayinage inthisdayinage 26-30, M 2 Responses Nov 3

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    I realized that I had social anxiety my freshman year of highschool. I've struggled with it for a long time and I still do. I am now 17, junior, and the more I think about my...
    AcousticSoul17 AcousticSoul17 16-17, F 1 Response Nov 5

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    I've had social anxiety for almost as long as I can remember. It's exhausting going through the day always trying to be on, trying to feign normalcy. And it never seems like enough...
    wovenlife wovenlife 31-35, F 5 Responses Nov 6

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    i am 27. guy from india. social anxiety is hitting me very hard these days. i've told my parents what i've been going through lately. but i guess they dont seem to understand. they...
    maubunt maubunt 26-30, M 3 Responses Nov 8

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    I have social anxiety! And it has increased over the years. I have always been uncomfortable in gatherings but did not know until last week that this is what it was. I could not...
    LaraLuulu LaraLuulu 26-30, F 10 Responses Nov 10

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    I don't understand why people with social anxiety have to present stuff in class
    s31fharm3r s31fharm3r 13-15, F 12 Responses Nov 11

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    I've had social anxiety for as long as I can remember. Its the worst when I have to talk to someone I don't know or I have to confront someone I'm close to about something, whether...
    kassilikescookies kassilikescookies 13-15, F Nov 12

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    I have major social anxiety and its hell!
    SuicideMascara SuicideMascara 18-21, F Nov 18

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    Short poem I wrote recently.. Thumb war with social anxiety. My open palms trustingly push the dust ridden, french shutters from ajar to open. Tantalizing gusts of winter...
    LegitimateRabbit LegitimateRabbit 18-21, M 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    I feel like nobody else understands how I feel, my social anxiety has gotten so bad that I can't even be around my family... My mom just calls me disrespectful because I always...
    Bflyboo14 Bflyboo14 13-15, F 7 Responses 1 day ago

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    And driving anxiety. Not to mention when the lights Go out. I'm all alone. I have anxiety of being alone. I have anxiety.
    Sierrasmith Sierrasmith 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 4

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    I finally beat it and feel SO FREE! I'd tried everything: counselling, prescription meds, behaviour therapy, visualization. Read all the books and did all the activities. Nothing...
    crochet4fun crochet4fun 31-35, F Nov 15

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    When I'm feeling socially anxious, which isn't too often, I feel it's often in response to some perceived threat or competition. I'm not sure about anyone else, but I often find...
    mrdane415 mrdane415 26-30, M 1 Response Nov 18

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    I have realized the more I pretend to be ok, never really resolving my issues, never talking things out, stressing and crying when no one is looking no longer just affects me...
    Shygirl917 Shygirl917 18-21, F Nov 11

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    . Sometimes I feel. Everything seems ultimately pointless, I feel worthless - like nobody cares about me and I don't give a **** about myself. I am happy sometimes, but i always...
    1heart2beat 1heart2beat 18-21, M 5 Responses Nov 3

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    i hate it so much. i suffer from this, general anxiety and depression. my biggest fear is that its already effecting my new job in retail. each time i get yelled at i feel like a...
    lexik123 lexik123 18-21, F 3 Responses Nov 5

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    My to do list Try overcome anxiety and depression Try do more things with my 4 children because I am the only one. Try fix things around the house Try work more to pay the bills...
    paikeathecat paikeathecat 31-35, F 1 Response Nov 5

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    I have Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Only feel comfortable around people I know well. Brand new settings and new people don't go well with me.
    SentimentalMood SentimentalMood 36-40, F 6 Responses Nov 17

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    Hi,i'm new to here.what happend to me completely changed me and my life.and never can be the same.i think i have to accept that reality,but it's still hard to deal with it..in my...
    juryandrews juryandrews 31-35, F 8 Responses 6 days ago

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    If I could change my mind I'd do it in a heartbeat. Locked up in a cage till I come home, my comments never reach the finishing dot. My heads filled with anxiety, all because of...
    RianneK RianneK 16-17, F 5 days ago

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    Sometimes I don't want to go outside...I dont even want to talk to my mom nor anyone....Just be all alone. It freacks me out thinking about going outside, buying something at...
    Wewerethereinthattime Wewerethereinthattime 18-21, F 3 Responses 4 days ago

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    I have now missed three weeks straight of school. I have missed so much. My science projects needs to be started and done, and tests and exams are soon. Facing all those people...
    maiomeN maiomeN 16-17, F 2 Responses 3 days ago

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