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I Am Beating Social Anxiety

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 212 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    CEB32 CEB32 31-35, M 2 Responses Apr 8, 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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    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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    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 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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    Related Experiences

    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 Feb 22

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    I have social anxiety. It is worst when I'm driving. I don't even like drivers behind me - it freaks me out. I'm not a bad driver when I'm calm but in traffic or when there are a...
    MVPFLF MVPFLF 18-21, M 4 Responses 6 days ago

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    hate my social anxiety. stops me from meeting people.. girls. jobs I'll be dishwasher because I don't have to deal with people much. but the anxiety still builds. so I don't leave...
    cosciatony cosciatony 26-30, M 4 Responses 5 days ago

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    I have never had a real job before and now I do and I love everything about it except how my office expects me to attend their parties and social events. I have social anxiety...
    Lucyshrimp Lucyshrimp 22-25, F 5 Responses 5 days ago

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    My daughter is getting married in less than two months, and I am very nervous about all of the father-of-the-bride responsibilities. Most of all, the hosting of the reception...
    rolywynne rolywynne 46-50, M 3 Responses 4 days ago

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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 Feb 19

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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 Feb 21

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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 Feb 21

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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 Feb 22

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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 Feb 22

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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 12 Responses Feb 24

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    Hey, I'm new to this site after googling social anxiety for hours I finally found this place lol. But yeah...new here, will be adding some stuff to the account so if you'd like to...
    United2008 United2008 18-21, M 1 Response 5 days ago

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    I'm having a rough day so I think I'll share how I feel and just kinda document what's going on in my head so I can get my thoughts straight and maybe someone will read this and be...
    LeChatCurieux LeChatCurieux 18-21, F 2 Responses 4 days ago

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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 17 hrs ago

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    I'm looking up. I'm scared to talk to most people, yeah but it's not uncurable. I can get better. I just need expierience to be comfortable being social. yay. (good mood)
    hmmidekdude hmmidekdude 16-17, F 1 Response 3 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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    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 more like anxiety of attention or being around crowds. I just can't handle it. I do enjoy people but in small groups of maybe three or four. But I have had this for a good...
    TheCutestDragon TheCutestDragon 18-21, F 5 Responses a week ago

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    It seems like it's other people with anxiety problems that like to poke at my anxiety,,
    strawberryletter22 strawberryletter22 18-21, F Feb 20

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    Sweat. I felt actual sweat roll down my back the last time I had to be social in a place where I knew no-one. I had hovered on the edge of two conversations, wondered if I'd...
    GenevieveH GenevieveH 41-45, F 1 Response Feb 16

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    iam looking for someone to skype with.just to get comfortable with talking to strangers face to face.i think this will be a start to sociallizing better.im not just looking for...
    voyagetoheaven voyagetoheaven 18-21, M 3 Responses 4 days ago

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    I literally hate how I can't talk to people. I can barely talk to my boyfriend . I'm so awkward and I get anxiety when someone says something to me .
    Meggypoo Meggypoo 18-21, F 2 Responses Feb 7

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