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I Am Beating Social Anxiety

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    CEB32 CEB32 31-35, M 1 Response Apr 8

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 2 Responses Jun 28, 2010

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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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    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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    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'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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    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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    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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    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

    Can someone who has been diagnosed with social anxiety please message me. I have a lot of questions.
    Kimberlynnn Kimberlynnn 13-15, F 2 Responses 3 hrs ago

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    I wanted to write out my whole entire battle with social anxiety. I remember it clearly the first day I chocked up I had cold palms and sweaty forehead, I could feel my heart...
    dassays dassays 22-25, F 1 Response Aug 22

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    Last year I skipped too many days in school because I was afraid of kids my age. I'm now a homeschooler and haven't been interacting with kids my age. I get too scared even when I...
    arianna9 arianna9 13-15, F 9 Responses 3 days ago

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    Entry # 1 Hello All :), Here is my attempt to record my progress toward becoming anxiety free. Ive been a shy person way before I could even comprehend what shy was. A shy...
    athion64 athion64 18-21, M 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    Yes I do have social anxiety because if I am in social sitting... I tend to tension up and coughing. Those are one of the signs of social anxiety for me. So that is why I don't...
    mother1983 mother1983 26-30, F 4 Responses Aug 2

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    Baddddd to buddy. I've always had social anxiety since I was a youngin. I couldn't be around a big, small, medium group of people, especially strangers. Other wise I'd have a panic...
    UnstableSammi UnstableSammi 22-25, F Aug 20

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    I used to have Social Anxiety ( I was diagnosed with it) but grew out of it! How? Well 1st off, I know that it was instilled in me during my upbringing to care about what...
    lagatta lagatta 41-45, F 1 Response Aug 21

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    I always knew there was something wrong with me mentally, I have recently been diagnosed with anxiety and depression. Due to be starting counselling in the near future. I do have...
    TheUnpredictable9 TheUnpredictable9 18-21, F 3 Responses Aug 13

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    Okay , I've been at my current job for about 2 months (I work at Starbucks ). I still have social anxiety. I don't really conversate with my co workers as much....I'm the youngest...
    girlygirl1995 girlygirl1995 18-21, F 3 Responses Aug 21

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    It was my first day of my Senior year today. My last first day of high school, by this time around you'd think that'd I would have figured out how to fit in and socialize like a...
    ThatDarnKatz ThatDarnKatz 16-17, F Aug 21

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    I've been visiting colleges recently and all I can think about is how bombarded and scared I'll be because of my social anxiety. How am I going to make friends?
    ccb22 ccb22 16-17, F 3 Responses Aug 1

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    I have social anxiety and it's bad. I really need some help on how to overcome it. So far I've gotten better, I'm not like how I use to be as a child. I just need more advice. Help...
    Latiaaaa Latiaaaa 16-17, F 4 Responses Aug 5

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    I have social anxiety really bad, and I hate it. It's ruined so many experiences for me and talking to adults, or even people younger than me, just makes me sick to my stomach. I...
    jxssicaa jxssicaa 18-21, F 13 Responses Aug 12

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    Aight brothers and sisters heres a mantra for you, from me. Mr. Social Anxiety. (Poet too!) No matter where you go in this world, you are in Your place in the world. You have a...
    SShawnO SShawnO 41-45, M 1 Response Aug 13

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    Social anxiety has made me physically I'll every morning because I'm so afraid to go to school. I hate being snapped at and being embarrassed. I can remember being snapped at up to...
    AceGuy15 AceGuy15 13-15, M 2 Responses Aug 17

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    Escaping Reality. There's some big thing ahead. Only one week left and I am worried as hell. Gonna start an internship then and there will be so many people. I hate people. I...
    zyakkui zyakkui 18-21, F 5 Responses Aug 21

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    hi everyone ever since i was little i have always had social anxiety....but it didnt start showing until high school, i tired making friends but i felt awkward because i never knew...
    momoayami momoayami 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 23

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    Social anxiety showed up in me about 10 and since then it has made my life living hell, I can't talk to anyone without my face going completely red and getting embarrassed. Looking...
    Rachsong348 Rachsong348 13-15, F 3 Responses 1 day ago

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    My social anxiety is slowly killing me. I can't really go anywhere where there are people without feeling lost or wanting to cry. I can barely look people into the eyes anymore...
    shyturtleflies shyturtleflies 13-15, F 4 Responses 1 day ago

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    Entry #2 Why am I doing this? or better yet, what is keeping me going? I am challenging myself, my thoughts, behaviors, my ANXIETY because I know what it feels like to be...
    athion64 athion64 18-21, M 2 days ago

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    I am soo dissapointed in myself! Last weekend was my ultimate social test and I failed. It was my "sister in laws" babyshower. (boyfriend's brother's girlfriend). We dont really...
    viavleiviax viavleiviax 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 20

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    Ugh, I'm so socially awkward due to my anxiety and it bugs me. I can't manage to sleepover anywhere. I always end up coming back home. I have to keep my phone charged and on me 24...
    TheSongPlaysWithin TheSongPlaysWithin 16-17, F 1 Response Aug 1

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    Hello, I'm 22 years old and I feel like i've wasted alot of my time on unimportant things because of my anxiety and fear. I wish I could go back in time and do things i really...
    ashto1 ashto1 22-25, M 3 Responses Aug 21

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    I blew it with my mother today. I think I completely broke her already broken heart. Somehow, our conversation veered off to my walking pattern (which is terrible, thank you...
    mayhems mayhems 36-40 2 Responses Aug 9

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    And its getting really bad. I've always suffered with a little bit of anxiety, and I'm OCD about a lot of things so that did contribute to the anxiety, but recently I've been...
    behappy4 behappy4 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 18

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    As hard as I want to make new friends my anxiety Is always killing me, I'm afraid that people will just reject me... I always tell myself like "Wake up, you're in the real world...
    Heissler Heissler 13-15, F 1 Response Aug 24

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    I really hate when my friends tell me stuff like "Being social isn't that hard" or "You are just being dramatic." Its hard for me to talk to anyone and to deal with a lot of social...
    Teresag2875 Teresag2875 16-17, F 2 Responses Aug 24

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    And today, I think I had an anxiety attack. For one, I live with other family members and I'm uncomfortable around them. Especially my uncle, who's a perfectionist and prefers...
    Inadine Inadine 16-17, F 1 Response Aug 5

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    I only started expressing symptoms over the last 2 years. It's getting to the point where I don't even want to go grocery shopping. There's always too many people, and their...
    iamrae22 iamrae22 22-25, F Aug 12

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    I went to a picnic. I waited in the car for a good 30 minutes. I couldn't get out and as I watched people pile into the parking lot I just got more and more anxious. I finally left...
    xMayesx xMayesx 16-17, M 4 Responses Aug 13

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    So im moving to budapest from debrecen the little town in hungary after my 3 years there. Things were great. I wasnt happy nor satisfied with my life. Living in hungary the first...
    ketogluta ketogluta 22-25 1 Response Aug 17

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