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I Am Beating Social Anxiety

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 208 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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    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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    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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    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, 2014

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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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    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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    CEB32 CEB32 31-35, M 1 Response Apr 8, 2014

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Related Experiences

    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 1 Response 1 hr ago

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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 1 Response 2 hrs ago

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    social anxiety. yeah. i have it,
    mysteriousnite mysteriousnite 13-15, F 5 hrs ago

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    This past week a friend of my host came to stay here, a seven day visit. I started feeling nervous for no apparent reason two days earlier, which I noticed because I was smoking...
    NeonBlueMidnight NeonBlueMidnight 26-30, M 2 Responses Jan 16

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    In addition to recently starting therapy, I bought a book: "Overcoming Social Anxiety" The book recommends keeping a notebook and writing certain things down. I'm going to share...
    ludix ludix 41-45, M Jan 2

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    I have social anxiety and it's getting to much for me to handle anymore. I hate going to school, my grades suck and I barely have any friends anymore because i always blow everyone...
    hans167 hans167 18-21, F 5 Responses Jan 19

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    Being an adult sucks sometimes. It sucks even worse with social anxiety. Everybody prefers to just go to the fridge when you're hungry and see that your mom just stocked it. Now I...
    Leannaix Leannaix 18-21, F 2 Responses Jan 8

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    In 2014 I have been fighting depression. Towards the end of the year I've been healing from it. But through the whole process I've developed social anxiety. I didn't realize how...
    Diamondgirly Diamondgirly 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 12

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    Not really social anxiety.. I am comfortable around others, I'm just not to keen on interacting. I feel right at home in large crowds and bars watching the ants at work in there...
    NihilSineNefas NihilSineNefas 22-25, M Jan 17

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    Social anxiety runs my life. I can barley go out sometimes without feeling everyone looking at me and judging me. Then my family wants me to get a job. I know I need to but it's...
    crimsonrosebud crimsonrosebud 18-21, F 4 Responses Jan 18

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    I was not a normal teenager. I was terrified when I was forced to go to public places alone. Anytime I was told to go grocery shopping or buy lunch for myself, I got this feeling...
    ComplicatedGirl18 ComplicatedGirl18 18-21, F 5 Responses Jan 18

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    Sometimes I think my social anxiety is weird, too me it is. People respond differently too social situations, so its all not exactly the same. But for me, it all depends on where i...
    AfraidOfMyOwnMind AfraidOfMyOwnMind 16-17, F 1 Response Jan 20

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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 5 days ago

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    I have extreme social anxiety and I feel like it's killing me. If I go to a restaurant like subway or anything, I won't eat.. Because that involves talking, I'm better about it...
    Bflyboo14 Bflyboo14 13-15, F 2 Responses Jan 2

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    I was around 8 when I was diagnosed with social anxiety, from a young age I've always been scared of crowds, being in front of people,put on the spot,embarrassing myself. No matter...
    musicforlife0321 musicforlife0321 18-21, F 4 Responses Jan 23

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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 4 days ago

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    For as long as I can remember I've had social anxiety disorder. As a child i was labeled as being "shy" and that I would grow out of it. Growing up I never had any friends until we...
    tormentedinternally tormentedinternally 26-30, M 1 Response Jan 4

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    I get social anxiety when I have to mix with new groups of ple who are very different from me. I overthink the implications of what I say n what they think n basically insecure...
    Kletsgo Kletsgo 26-30, F 2 Responses Jan 8

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    This is the fifth month I have been at my new job and social anxiety has made me suffer in every way at work. The other people who have joined the company in the same period have...
    littlemacintosh littlemacintosh 22-25, F 1 Response Jan 8

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    Inside my head, I can think fluently and explain things deeply to myself. Inside my head I feel confident, and depending on the situation I feel intelligent. However when it comes...
    loishola loishola 18-21, F 3 Responses Jan 9

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    I honestly get lonely and want to talk to people but then again I don't want to talk to people because I have social anxiety so yeah I wanna talk to people and meet one amazing...
    Roxxie16 Roxxie16 16-17, F 2 Responses Jan 11

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    More of what I have learned... This comes from my recent therapy session as well as what I have learned from the following book: (I highly recommend it!) "Overcoming Social Anxiety...
    ludix ludix 41-45, M Jan 13

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    Having social anxiety has hindered me in so many ways. I hate myself for not even being able to order my own food at restaurants.
    HurricaneAshlyn HurricaneAshlyn 18-21, F Jan 23

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    I've always been pretty shy but I just recently got diagnosed with social anxiety. I am now at the point where I don't even want to leave my house. Is there anything I can or...
    mandadelilah mandadelilah 16-17, F 5 Responses Jan 23

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    Because of my social anxiety, I have become jaded and cynical. I tell myself I don't need to be popular, I don't need to have lots or friends, I don't need to be the life of the...
    GrimCreeper0150 GrimCreeper0150 22-25, M 3 Responses a week ago

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    i hate that i have social anxiety and i cant face my fears
    itsstephybitxh itsstephybitxh 18-21, F 2 Responses 6 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 6 days ago

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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.
    Leofflaed Leofflaed 18-21, F 6 days ago

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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 20 Responses 6 days ago

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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 3 Responses 5 days ago

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    I have social anxiety so I had to leave school at 16 years old. I'm now being home schooled, and have been for two weeks now and the thought of them coming over terrifies me...
    emilythegreat emilythegreat 16-17, F 2 Responses 2 days ago

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