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I Am Beating Social Anxiety

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 211 People

    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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    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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    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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    I once ran away but now I stay

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

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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 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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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 4 Responses Jan 14, 2009

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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 went to a wedding the other day and it actually wasn't going that bad. Until the dancing started... It made me feel really awkward and self contious because I can't dance in...
    escapemyreality escapemyreality 22-25, F 1 Response 29 mins ago

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    School starts in two days and I have no idea how I'm going to handle it. I've never actually been diagnosed with social anxiety but talking to people has been daunting since I was...
    captivating23 captivating23 22-25, F 2 Responses 12 hrs ago

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    My social anxiety is a huge problem in my life and is the reason I cry most nights thinking about my life. My social anxiety is rooted in a possible case of Aspergers. I say...
    SomeBloke616 SomeBloke616 18-21, M 17 hrs ago

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    I tried to be social for a friend's birthday, but the whole time I was there I hated it, and I could tell I wasnt wanted their. I feel as if all friends are lost. I guess that what...
    4u2dreamabout 4u2dreamabout 22-25, F 2 Responses 1 day ago

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    My social anxiety is really effecting my life. I've been with my dad for a week and now I'm feeling sick going back to my mum.
    conflictinglives conflictinglives 13-15, M 2 days ago

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    I don't know if I actually have social anxiety because I am too scared to mention my thoughts to my parents. I'm an insomniac and take medication for that. I'm almost positive...
    sk8rkm77 sk8rkm77 13-15, F 3 Responses 3 days ago

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    I understand if you post something inappropriate on a social media- but when it's appropriate and only defines me and my life- there's no need to criticise
    Jaazz1987 Jaazz1987 16-17 1 Response 3 days ago

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    I may be socially awkward or self-conscious, but at the same time , i deeply desire a connection with someone who'll understand me.
    KaylaCherie KaylaCherie 13-15, F 3 Responses 3 days ago

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    Classes start again tomorrow. I've been going to my college for two years now already and I'm familiar with the campus and my Biology teacher, but I'm still nervous about being in...
    sunshinebucky sunshinebucky 18-21, F 5 days ago

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    I'm going into my third year of nursing soon and can't even think about how I'm going to deal with everything. I've spent 4 months of break pretty much doing nothing and got too...
    ashhh25 ashhh25 18-21, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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    Back in the times when technology had not taken over people's minds and lives, people used to live in colonies. As a group. Large cities were not prevalent then. So, each...
    kasiyat kasiyat 26-30, F a week ago

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    I'm perfectly fine talking in front of people. I have play theater whit audience over 400 people. I can talk to strangers and ask what time it is. But I can't go to parties or...
    Stanpines Stanpines 18-21, F 3 Responses a week ago

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    MY BIGGEST PET PEEVE: When people act 'depressed' or think they have 'social anxiety' to fit in or do it for attention, when there are others out there who are actually diagnosed...
    Hipstercatlover Hipstercatlover 16-17, F 5 Responses a week ago

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    My life is becoming a struggle between living the life I have and am not anxious in, and the life that I want so bad but has so many anxiety bridges that I have to cross.
    Bean2015 Bean2015 18-21, M Aug 23

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    Today I tried to quit band and my director shamed me for wanting to quit saying that i had made a commitment. The reason I want to quit is because of social anxiety and low self...
    AllieKat17 AllieKat17 16-17, F 2 Responses Aug 21

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    "The Four Agreements" by Don Miguel Ruiz: (Agreement #2 REALLY helps with social anxiety) #2: "Don't Take Anything Personally" "Nothing others do is because of you. What others...
    LoveIsWithinYou LoveIsWithinYou 26-30, M 1 Response Aug 20

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    This thing has made turned my life an agonizingly lonely existence. Really. I don't believe that I'm exaggerating when I say "agonizing". May social anxiety die the quickest, yet...
    ambivalentFriability ambivalentFriability 18-21 2 Responses Aug 18

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    I have depression and anxiety and my boyfriends gone to America with his family for 3 weeks, I only realised last night how much my boyfriend helps my illnesses, I felt so so...
    paulalkayexo paulalkayexo 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 18

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    Literally spent the first 4 days of school shaking uncontrollably, hyperventilating, teeth chattering, and avoiding eye contact with everyone. Just moved to a new school and I...
    brokenangel14 brokenangel14 13-15, F 2 Responses Aug 17

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    Do you know that feeling? That feeling on the first day of school when you walk to class alone. The halls are cleared from the obnoxious students. All you hear is your own feet...
    PrettyInWhite PrettyInWhite 13-15, F 1 Response Aug 17

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    Social anxiety is being afraid of being judged, or not being liked by someone else. I hate having social anxiety. Is there medication for this?
    Abbyi25 Abbyi25 13-15, F 2 Responses Aug 15

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    Sweaty palms, unsteady hands, my body shaking, almost vibrating. I can feel my throat close up, I am unable to speak. My eyes get blurry, and I hold back tears. I experience these...
    awakenstarchild awakenstarchild 18-21, F Aug 15

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    Not traditional social anxiety it's more of anxiety of feeling others feelings and knowing better to address them.
    lostinlife2 lostinlife2 36-40, F 3 Responses Aug 14

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    I'm going off to college in a few days and have low expectations for a social life. I will probably spend most of my free time in the library. I'm already involved in a few...
    BlotOutTheSun BlotOutTheSun 22-25, M 3 Responses Aug 13

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    but I try my best to pretend that I don't. I am a very friendly person and I love being around my close friends, but the truth is that more than half the time I am absolutely...
    hexgrl2k hexgrl2k 26-30, F Aug 13

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