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I Am Beating Social Anxiety

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 211 People

    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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    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 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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    CEB32 CEB32 31-35, M 2 Responses Apr 8, 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    I got bullied pretty badly while I was in school. I pin most of the blame on the fact that I was in an all girls school for primary and secondary ( for those of you who are not...
    nainaii nainaii 18-21, F 2 Responses 4 hrs ago

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    I use to think social anxiety was something that I would have to live with forever. I thought it was just simply fear of people. But what helped me was understanding that 1. Social...
    Besillybeyou Besillybeyou 26-30, F 2 Responses Mar 17

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    Can people with social anxiety just be friends with other people with social anxiety that would be great
    Theblackassassin Theblackassassin 18-21, M 4 Responses Mar 21

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    Ok so I do suffer from social anxiety and I had to literally just let some coworkers know that they needed to fall back a bit because I've always been scared to stand up for myself...
    imissdnce imissdnce 31-35, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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    Along with social anxiety I also have major depression, which was initially triggered by the anxiety and I hate it when after a major depressive episode and I start feeling better...
    ces588 ces588 26-30, F 4 Responses Mar 18

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    My social anxiety is a huge pain in the *** but I think I'm sort of improving my social skills. Even online I'm worried if I'm boring someone, being annoying, or just sounding like...
    WhatTheFrenchToast WhatTheFrenchToast 18-21, M 10 Responses Mar 6

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    I thought I had social anxiety and depression but recently diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. BPD can be mistaken for depression and/or anxiety. I believe a lot more...
    hannahrobinson1993 hannahrobinson1993 18-21, F Mar 19

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    Would love to be in a relationship but social anxiety and shyness won't let me
    Mitchhhhh Mitchhhhh 18-21, M 1 Response Mar 5

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    I've suffered from social anxiety for years now. I've been trying my best to get over it, but because of it I have been unable to bring myself to get a job, or even start driving...
    Dustyroses Dustyroses 18-21, F Mar 7

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    I've had it since I was really little and high school is making it so much worse. I don't want 2 more years of high school. I don't want social anxiety. I feel like I can't get...
    SadLittleFlower SadLittleFlower 13-15, F 1 Response Mar 9

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    For as long as I can remember, I have had social anxiety. I never let anyone know what's going on inside my head because I'm afraid of the reactions. Normally I never post things...
    charliethepuppetpall charliethepuppetpall 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 11

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    I've come to the conclusion that I'm never gonna get a girlfriend until I deal with this social anxiety but it's gotten so bad lately I don't know if I can ever escape
    Dynamite500 Dynamite500 18-21, M 1 Response Mar 18

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    I'm afraid that my social anxiety will effect my don. I don't have zany female friends and don't know anybody with kids. Neither my siblings or my husbands' have kids so he has no...
    restartnow restartnow 31-35, F 2 Responses a week ago

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    I have social anxiety and I hate it but I can't change the way I act. What I hate is that I get EXTREMELY nervous around someone of the opposite gender. I can't even speak...
    infiniteJourney infiniteJourney 18-21, F 1 Response a week ago

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    I just wish people could understand what it's like (mainly my bf), and realize their yelling and ****** "just deal with it" advice doesn't help. Believe me I'd love to just "get...
    bbygrlashes bbygrlashes 18-21, F 3 Responses 6 days ago

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    Ugh, just hearing all the laughing and voices before you walk in kills. Literally froze in place, did a 360 and went back to my apartment. I can't do it. I seriously wanted to go...
    bbygrlashes bbygrlashes 18-21, F 1 Response 5 hrs ago

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    I hate my anxiety, for example, everyday, I sit in school everyday I'm stressing over stupid petty things, like each class I worry over having to work w people, because all my...
    SweetcakesJr SweetcakesJr 13-15, F Mar 17

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    I know that not all of the bits and pieces of anxiety are there, which is why I'm doubtful. I can have a conversation with people online or offline and do well. My thoughts on me...
    Niran3 Niran3 22-25, M Mar 18

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    My youngest daughter came home from college this weekend and brought a new female friend with her to visit. I immediately became nervous and anxious at the thought of a stranger...
    rolywynne rolywynne 46-50, M 3 Responses Mar 8

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    I feel like **** all the time. I feel inferior and act like I am guilty of something when I am around people. I wasn't born with any anxiety or phobia.I blame this world for my...
    karmicsouls karmicsouls 31-35, F 1 Response Mar 20

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    I can't remember when it started but I know that as I grow older it is getting worse. Everyday I go throw the motions trying to keep my face in a calm smile, but inside I am...
    Cogsy Cogsy 16-17, F 3 Responses Mar 21

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    Even though I was a loner in middle school, it was never an issue till JrHigh. I didnt learn how to make like minded friends till highschool. Thankfully, by my junior/senior years...
    LivingToLearnLearningToLove LivingToLearnLearningToLove 22-25, M Mar 10

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    It's gotten worse too. It never used to be this bad, I was just simply, shy. Now I'm beyond that, people scare the **** out of me. I never go into stores anymore. Ever. Eating...
    Bflyboo14 Bflyboo14 13-15, F 3 Responses Mar 3

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    I'm 19 in the u.s had anxiety since age 8. I been very lonely and looking to talk to other people, maybe on the phone, Skype voice chat? Just to find someone to talk on a regular...
    zeak18 zeak18 18-21 3 Responses Mar 8

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    If you are suicidal, please get help if you can't find help within yourself. But, please, do not seek help from your teenage friends, especially if they struggle with their own...
    junipersun21 junipersun21 18-21, F Mar 12

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    This will probably seem really dumb to most people.. But, today, this girl named Jessica came up to hug me. Like always, I just walked away and scratched my head. My anxiety was...
    JustPassingIt JustPassingIt 13-15, M 3 Responses Mar 19

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    Does anyone else with anxiety have issues with people invading your personal space or with people you do not trust touching you?
    unreciprocated unreciprocated 36-40, F 3 Responses 6 days ago

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