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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Related Experiences

    I just looked up today the mental disability "social anxiety," or "social phobia," and after seeing many symptoms that match mine, i went on to take an online test to see how...
    Otokonoko Otokonoko 16-17, M 6 days ago

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    The main problem with social anxiety is a lack of connectivity with emotions, which leads to the inability to formulate a firm set of beliefs and consequently the inability to act...
    Close2You Close2You 26-30, M 1 Response Sep 16

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    I am currently seeking therapy for it. It's strange to say that I have social anxiety because I am a private person, and I enjoy spending time by myself. However, there are times I...
    Close2You Close2You 26-30, M Sep 14

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    I have online social anxiety. Honestly, talking is easy for me, I can do it for hours (though some people might get bored and weirded out by me), but when I'm online, my SA makes...
    justicehero justicehero 18-21, M Sep 5

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    Can someone who has been diagnosed with social anxiety please message me. I have a lot of questions.
    Kimberlynnn Kimberlynnn 13-15, F 4 Responses Sep 1

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    Yup I have social anxiety. I'd shake when I'm out of my element and seem like I'm being judged. I'm a very awkward person and I feel like I'm going to end up doing something...
    Mattsdragons Mattsdragons 13-15, M 2 Responses Sep 6

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    Well, having read some other people's stories, I feel stupid even suggesting that I have social anxiety. I mean, I can leave my house and everything. I manage to go to school. I...
    SuspendYourDisbelief SuspendYourDisbelief 13-15 2 Responses Sep 12

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    hello, i have been suffering from social anxiety for a few years. and it's now at it's worst. my SA is a result of a combination of my quiet shy personality and my fear of walking...
    vitotheclutchhand vitotheclutchhand 18-21, M 1 Response Sep 15

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    I hate having social anxiety, I feel like there's something wrong with me..
    sunnysideupp sunnysideupp 16-17, F 1 Response Sep 16

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    I was volunteered to help today at a church function without my knowledge or permission, so I decided to not go. Partly because I was afraid and partly because I was pissed that...
    myblumoon myblumoon 31-35, F 3 Responses Sep 21

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    I keep feeling an irregular level of anxiety whenever people don't reply my texts right away. I start to think I've said the wrong thing, and then I try to reason with myself with...
    lonelyavenger lonelyavenger 26-30, F 1 Response Sep 23

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    I've always been extremely worried about what others think of me and how I come across, and the more I do so, the more I'll appear socially inept, which in turn drives my anxieties...
    aj1996 aj1996 18-21, M 1 Response Sep 4

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    (all names have been changed from real names) When I was younger I never had social problems, I loved talking to everyone and being around people, but when I got into school...
    XandraElise XandraElise 18-21, F 2 Responses Sep 18

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    Totally passed my comfort zone tonight. We had a school hockey game, our college against our rival university. Didn't know anyone going, showed up and sat with some people that...
    TheSongPlaysWithin TheSongPlaysWithin 16-17, F 1 Response Sep 7

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    Walking home from school today, I had an anxiety attack. I've been having this a lot lately, but this one was one of the worst. I was walking with my best friend and his little...
    Theycallherelly Theycallherelly 13-15, F 1 Response Sep 15

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    I seem rude at times, & I seem so anti-social. It sucks bc Im really a nice person and i love people and my goal is to lift spirits, and if i could talk to you I would. Im pretty...
    eeeosborne eeeosborne 16-17, F 2 Responses Sep 2

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    It's my first week of college. I'm starting from ground zero; my high-school friends aren't around to save me anymore. I never realized how hard it is to freaking talk to people...
    ihugcats ihugcats 18-21, F 5 Responses Sep 4

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    So i told my mum that i have panic attacks problems and she started crying and now she wants me to see a doctor... But i don't want to
    Naginion Naginion 13-15, F 2 Responses Sep 1

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    I don't like being around people that much so instead of going and hanging out with people, I hooked up the wii and bought a new controller and a hunting game and call of duty...
    fallout07 fallout07 18-21, F Sep 1

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    Does anyone else feel like people are against you for no reason at all though? It's so annoying
    lucymichelle lucymichelle 13-15, F 6 Responses Sep 1

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    Blehh, it's taking so long to make a simple phone call. Dear self, why you make the simplest things so difficult???
    Chloeeee17 Chloeeee17 18-21, F 14 Responses Sep 2

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    Why's it so hard? It shouldn't be this hard to stand and speak. Going to classes should be simple. Why can't I be normal?
    D3L13 D3L13 16-17, F 2 Responses Sep 2

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    I get nervous around most people, I struggle to express myself and sometimes I can come across as rude when I'm not trying to be. I usually like to plan out my conversations and...
    AlternateReality AlternateReality 16-17, F 1 Response Sep 3

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    I am in school and i cant even go to my class because i am afraid to be stared at. I am still very underweight and i dont want people to think im sick. I also have no self esteem...
    unlovednbroken unlovednbroken 18-21, F 3 Responses Sep 3

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    God I hate the first day of class. I have to go back to college today and the teachers always seem to spend the first class of the semester doing introductions. I can talk to a...
    cameralady925 cameralady925 31-35, F 3 Responses Sep 4

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    This is the biggest challenge in my life. It is painful. Physically and mentally. My whole body tenses up when I have to talk to someone I don't know... And some people I do know...
    rainallthedays rainallthedays 31-35, F 4 Responses Sep 5

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    Pretty crappy. I hate my school friends and I can't trust anyone.
    samjuliah samjuliah 13-15, F 2 Responses Sep 6

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    I am scared to go to school tosay because i dont want to get judged.
    unlovednbroken unlovednbroken 18-21, F 6 Responses Sep 8

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    It's difficult to make friends. I am mostly alone. When I'm in a crowd I feel nervous and I start to panic, I look fine on the outside, but in the inside I'm having a panic attack...
    Awhiteorchid Awhiteorchid 16-17, F 3 Responses Sep 14

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    It's very hard for me to make friends. I would've been comfortable and happy around my friends at my old school, but my mom's bf had to come around & convince her to move. You...
    EbbsBreaux EbbsBreaux 16-17, F Sep 14

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    I hate that I have SA. It controls my whole life. I never want to leave my room. I was forced to go to school yet I hid in the back of classrooms basically shaking. I could never...
    Lovemydogs612 Lovemydogs612 18-21, F 2 Responses Sep 15

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    I'm so shy I don't talk to anyone at school, I sit in my room all day feeling lonely.
    ladybuggy3 ladybuggy3 16-17, F 4 Responses Sep 15

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    A lot of the time I am afraid to say anything because I think people don't want to hear anything I have to say, like I am not worth their time. Then someone will get me to speak up...
    ballen0420 ballen0420 36-40, M 1 Response Sep 15