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I Am Beating Social Anxiety

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 206 People

    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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    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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    CEB32 CEB32 31-35, M 1 Response Apr 8

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Related Experiences

    My whole life I thought I was shy, but over the past year or so I'm realizing that I may have social anxiety. It seems like I am way more than just shy. If anyone can let me know...
    Dreamer32 Dreamer32 26-30, F 4 Responses Oct 6

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    It's been three long years of self harm,depression, schizophrenia and social anxiety. I started self harming when I was 11, when I started high school. I've cut, burned, threw up...
    imtoughbutimnocookie imtoughbutimnocookie 13-15, F 1 Response Oct 19

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    I began the first day of school, woke up more excited then ever. I picked out the clothes I'd wear the night before, I could barely sleep, constantly visualizing my friends and...
    looking4chances looking4chances 18-21, M 2 Responses Oct 17

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    I've had social anxiety for as long as I can remember. I've been on and off medicine with some helping more then other. I've started to feel a bit more confident in myself since I...
    Orion594 Orion594 18-21, M Oct 8

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    Do you take medication for your Social Anxiety/Phobia? If so what do you take and how does it affect you? Do you like/hate it?
    MMckay15 MMckay15 22-25, F 4 Responses Oct 8

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    Complete the sentence... My social anxiety means...
    MMckay15 MMckay15 22-25, F 8 Responses Oct 12

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    My social anxiety is so severe that I basically have no friends except a couple people online, I rarely leave the house, and I have no job and no life. I can't function in the...
    asariblue asariblue 26-30, F 5 Responses Oct 15

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    I have crippling social anxiety. I have the worst times during the day because I am afraid to ask for help at work even when I really need it. Or even at stores. Even when a group...
    nwrner nwrner 16-17, M 5 Responses Oct 20

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    I'm afraid of talking to other people and answering/making phone calls but my job requires that a lot. It's only been a week since I started my job and I cry each day. Whenever I...
    rabblemagic rabblemagic 18-21, F 3 Responses 5 days ago

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    Hearing people laugh near you. Not talking because you're afraid that what you say will be judged. Keeping quiet in a conversation with three people. Not being able to go anywhere...
    JustSomeTeenagerr JustSomeTeenagerr 13-15, F 7 Responses 4 days ago

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    I have really bad Social Anxiety. Once i was in class and my teacher told me to present infront of the class and i started shaking and I had a metal break down and fainted..
    Melissa072302 Melissa072302 13-15, F 9 Responses 1 day ago

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    Recently my anxiety has got a lot worse and I've struggled with all social relationships. Previously I struggled with new social situations but recently when I see people I've...
    b752u b752u 22-25, F 3 Responses 4 days ago

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    If I'm with people I know I can feel outgoing almost loud sometimes. But without them I get pretty shy and have some anxiety about talking to people in a social way outside of...
    DizzyGreenEyes DizzyGreenEyes 18-21, F 1 Response Oct 4

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    Overall, my anxiety has pretty much subsided since being on Zoloft but for the deeper parts of my anxiety spectrum, the harder parts, the anxiety powers through and the rapid...
    EngulfingBreeze EngulfingBreeze 22-25, F 2 Responses Oct 17

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    I hate to go out in public, especially in crowded places. I just feel like everyone is judging me because I'm overweight. It's something that I've felt ever since I was in school...
    brady120378 brady120378 31-35, M Oct 1

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    Trying to leave the house to simply go the shop but the anxiety inside is stopping me. And my heart is pounding. I hate the outside world, wish I couldn't give a flying **** what...
    Sensesfailed Sensesfailed 22-25, M 3 Responses Oct 10

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    I'm 21 now and just starting to get that I'm probably bipolar and didn't get xanax for my anxiety until 18. I feel like I missed out on all the parties in Highschool and the cool...
    Woods93 Woods93 18-21, M 1 Response Oct 18

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    I came from the park and seen many children at the playground. I have an emotional support dog so I get a lot of eyes and stuff. And to begin with I generally do not like kids. I...
    vanessamoomoo vanessamoomoo 22-25, F Oct 18

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    It is easy to feel down and alone when you realize that no one (maybe not even you) really knows you, they only know the version of you that has gone through the anxiety filter...
    Friability Friability 18-21 5 days ago

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    I don't really know why I sign up for this website. I guess I just needed a place to receive some sort of feedback about... Whatever I write about. I would like to put into words...
    Andrea091 Andrea091 22-25, F 2 Responses Oct 4

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    I feel it after I socialize. I relive the nonsense I've said. Ah I'm stupid Grunts
    NotApplicable NotApplicable 22-25, F Oct 12

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    I have suddenly realized how much this has and will set me back. I get beyond terrified to go into new social situations. So now my friends have started leaving me behind. And that...
    marchz13 marchz13 16-17, F 1 Response Oct 13

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    i have some major issues with this. just the other day i had a job interview. meditating and rehearsing did not do me any favours. my mind always seems to trigger this reaction...
    theAnonMouse theAnonMouse 22-25, M 1 Response Oct 15

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    I hate it. I always want to run away from every social experience I have. I can't stand being near people, and recently I have started homeschooling, and that's made it 100 times...
    Jasperelliott Jasperelliott 16-17, F 1 Response Oct 19

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    My ex broke up with me 4 months ago and I think I will be alone for ever, I can't date, I don't know what to do. I tried online dating and I like it because I find I can chat...
    Asguard Asguard 31-35, M 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    I am going through depression right now, and it's affecting everything in my life. From my appetite, to my social life-everything. And the reason for this is: Acne. I had no...
    carolina37 carolina37 16-17, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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    i cant gather the strength to talk to most people, and if i'm forced to go out in front of someone, i have a panic attack. i don't know what's worse... having everyone see you as a...
    rxcxrds rxcxrds 16-17, F 2 Responses Oct 2

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    One of the worst feelings is knowing that classes start up again tomorrow and that I will have to introduce myself to a bunch of people that I feel like are judging my every action...
    fallout07 fallout07 18-21, F 4 Responses Oct 5

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    I'm going to be honest here, but I hate seeing that I have a private message on here. I never reply to anyone and I just end up deleting the message anyway. I just cleaned out my...
    Gemz2411 Gemz2411 18-21, F 1 Response Oct 6

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    People at the bus stop. I'm lucky because my bus stop is normally crowded BUT sometimes I get people who try to start a conversation with me & I feel so bad.... It makes me...
    whatelephantswhistle whatelephantswhistle 22-25, F 1 Response Oct 6

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    I get really nervous when people at the bus stop start a conversation with me! I hate it! It's so awkward! They speak about the bus & weather and there are so many silences where...
    whatelephantswhistle whatelephantswhistle 22-25, F 1 Response Oct 6

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    I've noticed that I tend to feels sorry about myself all the time. I get myself in a bad mood because of my negative thinking. I believe I've become so bitter because of this. I...
    elly668 elly668 18-21, F 2 Responses Oct 7

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    anyone in california want to runaway? email me at musicgamer15@gmail.com
    Musicgamer14 Musicgamer14 13-15, M 1 Response Oct 8