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I Am Beating Social Anxiety

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

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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'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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    See I never took my social anxiety seriously. Like back in high school, I thought I was just an awkward person who lacks communication skills. But now that I'm in college, I...
    FabulousF FabulousF 18-21, F 2 Responses Feb 1

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    [PLEASE READ]!>> I WANT PEOPLE LEARN WHAT I HAVE LEARNED> Its kinda a long post, but worth the read, I promise. To begin with, I actually dont suffer from it anymore, but I...
    athion64 athion64 22-25, M 5 Responses Feb 2

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    What do you do to cope? Ever since I got my license my social anxiety has been through the roof. It makes my chest hurt, my legs weak and my voice stutter. I thought getting my...
    Annaelaine Annaelaine 16-17, F 2 Responses Feb 1

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    Ever since I can remember, I've always had a lot of trouble talking to people. I only had one friend up until my freshman year in high school. I didn't even know what social...
    ElvenQueenKayla ElvenQueenKayla 16-17, F 2 Responses Jan 27

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    Today I just got accepted into cooking school today and I'm really excited except.... It's in Wellington the capital city in nz, so i Have to move, I have no where to live, no...
    lifeisnottoobad lifeisnottoobad 18-21, F Jan 28

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    I hate writing on the Internet in too much detail about myself (my problems) out of fear someone I know will know that it's me and know my struggles. This is my first post so it's...
    AnxietyIsLife AnxietyIsLife 18-21, M 5 Responses Feb 12

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    Since this is my first post I Im just going to say something about me.I suck at forms of human interaction in general. I spend my life hiding and immersed in books, writing, and...
    FallOutGirl123 FallOutGirl123 16-17, F 6 Responses 4 days ago

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    I think I have social anxiety because of I'm in a class where I have no friends I literally almost cry.... Once I did cry bc I had to talk in front of my class.
    KaylaBVB KaylaBVB 16-17, F 2 Responses Jan 26

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    I have really bad social anxiety. I sweat, panic, stutter, etc. just being in front of people. I can hardly stand going out in public, but I'm working on it.
    SteloCasisto SteloCasisto 18-21, F Jan 26

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    High school has been absolute HELL with my social anxiety, and with how badly people treat me. I have 5 more months until I graduate and I don't know how i'm going to cope, cause I...
    heyidontknow heyidontknow 16-17, M 18 Responses Jan 26

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    I know I have social anxiety and my parents just don't understand. My mom asks me why I'd rather talk to people online and why all of my friends are pretty much online. It's hard...
    jalexiss jalexiss 16-17, F 2 Responses Jan 27

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    social anxiety. yeah. i have it,
    mysteriousnite mysteriousnite 13-15, F 1 Response Feb 1

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    Sorry dunno what to say so I Ben to the doctors and found out that I do have social anxiety since I been 16 I have had it an it wasn't in till Xmas there that it was that bad cos...
    thebigscottishguy thebigscottishguy 22-25, M 1 Response Feb 2

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    Ive struggled with social anxiety as long as i can remember. Its kind of ruined my life. I have barely any friends, i nearly never leave my room, i dont even go to school anymore i...
    mialotta mialotta 16-17, F 3 Responses Feb 6

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    My social anxiety has destroyed my life. In unemployed because I'm to afraid to get a job. I have no friends anymore because I haven't left the house in months. I can't speak to...
    BloodRose96 BloodRose96 18-21, F 3 Responses Feb 11

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    social anxiety. i have it.
    natalyaholy natalyaholy 13-15, F 2 Responses Feb 15

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    I think I wouldn't have social anxiety if I wasn't laughed at for the way I pronounce my words,told that I was ugly and retarded everyday ,made fun of for the way I walk . People...
    imdifferent97 imdifferent97 16-17, F 5 Responses Feb 16

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    I'm not sure if this qualifies as an experience yet because I haven't had this happen yet, but i am going on a class trip next week and i'm really nervous about it. I hate having...
    animegirl63 animegirl63 16-17, F 2 Responses a week ago

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    Today, was the day my worst nightmare came true. My professor asked us last class to form groups for the project at the end of the year. Today, we were suppose to tell him who our...
    molliee151 molliee151 22-25, F 5 Responses 5 days ago

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    I have social Anxiety, Whenever I stand in a group I feel I have very low esteem and every other person is better than me .I avoid long conversation and If In Have to speak in a...
    lifenoteasy lifenoteasy 26-30, M 3 Responses 5 days ago

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    I hate having social anxiety. I get panic attacks a lot. It's really embarrassing, I got it in math class cause of the silence. Everyone laughed.
    jessy2793027 jessy2793027 13-15, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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    People say I look pretty stuck up and confident but really my social anxiety has recently got so intense that I can't join in a conversation if there are more than two people...
    promissess promissess 18-21, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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    Does anyone have suggestions on getting over social anxiety. Mine is getting worse, anything from going to the grocery store or going to a restaurant. Walking through the store I...
    alyssakayart alyssakayart 18-21, F 14 Responses 2 days ago

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    I am a prisoner of my own mind and, strangely, room. I'm unable and unwilling to venture out into the world if I don't have to. My social anxiety and depression only worsen my...
    Sunflowerdragon Sunflowerdragon 22-25, F 3 Responses 22 hrs ago

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    My wife asked me to go with her to attend a surprise 50th birthday party for her boss, which included a room full of people I did not know. Just her asking me caused immediate...
    rolywynne rolywynne 46-50, M 1 Response Feb 17

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    My name is Michael, I'm a tall and skinny, bony guy who's a senior in high school. Let me just say, it's a real b*tch to know that you can't control your mind and body when it...
    ghostrefy ghostrefy 16-17, M 1 Response Feb 4

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    What is Social Status and it's expectations? Social status is based off success for the most part. How much we have accomplished in our lives, how much money we earn, save...
    Lemartes Lemartes 31-35, M Feb 6

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    It's hard because you can never really have full fun with a group of friends, you're always looking for that one hint that everyone secretly hates you. Hanging out with people is...
    dioptase13 dioptase13 18-21, F 4 Responses Jan 26

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    Today I had to go to a meeting and give my ideas. Guess what I did sit in the back and not say a word. I felt tired and the anxiety was coming face. By the look on my face people...
    trulyspoken trulyspoken 18-21, F 5 Responses Jan 29

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    My anxiety problems are getting worse, it seems. Hopefully, I will be able to get my anxiety medication soon. Every time I'm around someone, I panic and can't think of what to say...
    CeruleanWolf CeruleanWolf 18-21, F 4 Responses Feb 2

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    How does one deal with first day of work anxiety? Cause my anxiety is creeping up on me until I start work on Friday.
    nathanieljlaw nathanieljlaw 18-21, M Feb 4