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I Am Dealing With Social Anxiety

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    Social Anxiety Disorder

    HiThis is my experience with social anxiety, how I got help, and how I'm dealing with it, and how i'm getting better and better every day.I've been dealing with social anxiety since I was in sixth grade, and transfered to a new school. I had friends from my old school with me...
    Aggyness Aggyness 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 21, 2011

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    I Hate Leaving And I Don't Like People Coming Over Either.

    I used to be on the road all the time. I was never home. It was boring. Maybe this all has to do with getting older or that I have a lot of hobbies and interests that keep me occupied. All I know is that when I have to leave my house for anything I get this feeling of dread that...
    Dirtydux Dirtydux 31-35, F Nov 19, 2012

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    Leannaix Leannaix 18-21, F 2 Responses Jan 8

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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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    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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    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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    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 4 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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    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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    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 3 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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    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 6 days 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 4 days ago

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    emilythegreat emilythegreat 16-17, F 2 Responses 1 day ago

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    My PTSD has been so bad lately that I absolutely can not sleep at night. Ever since I ran out of my medication awhile back, I've been drinking myself to sleep. Its the only way I'm...
    Saithe Saithe 18-21, F Jan 16

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    Currently dealing with that alone time between deciding a divorce is in order and being free. Seems like this could really be a lonely time. I believe I will try to focus on...
    wantadoover wantadoover 56-60, M Jan 21

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    Holy cow. I start my new high school on monday. Im nervous af!. I dont want to be noticed , but of course i have to go and be 6 foot 4 inches. So not being seen isnt easy for me...
    YungKhroniK YungKhroniK 13-15, M 18 hrs ago

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    What does a glance mean? It's amazing how heavily a pair of eyes can influence a thought process. The ride of emotions and possibilities, all very entertaining to ponder on. I know...
    s0undgarden s0undgarden 16-17, M 20 hrs ago

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    Mine isn't as bad as some. I can go out and things but I always have this fear or anxiety of having an anxiety attack. I can talk to new people and sometimes it goes okay other...
    VdbMichelle VdbMichelle 18-21, F 2 Responses Jan 2

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    I desperatly need to try to get help for my anxiety and social problems. I turn 16 this year and I Sing too and I can't sing in front of an audience because of anxiety and fear...
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    Anxiety absolutely sucks. Ive had anxiety for like 2 years now and it is the worst thing ever. It came to the point where I didn't leave my house for 3 months because I was...
    Destroya182 Destroya182 13-15, F 2 Responses Jan 4

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    dioptase13 dioptase13 18-21, F 4 Responses 4 days ago

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    Today I had to go to a meeting and give my ideas. Guess what I did sit in the back and not say a word. I felt tired and the anxiety was coming face. By the look on my face people...
    trulyspoken trulyspoken 18-21, F 4 Responses 2 days ago

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    Worst Fears What is your worst fear? What is driving your anxiety? For me, my fears include: No one will like me. People will avoid me. They won't want to talk to me or be...
    ludix ludix 41-45, M 1 Response Jan 2

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    Its so frustrating. Especially when everyone just thinks I'm overreacting when in reality its the most frightening thing to me. A lot of my friends have jobs. I really want to get...
    Jessica4729 Jessica4729 13-15, F 2 Responses Jan 7

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    I feel really, really frusterated. I HATE feeling like a victim to my emotions like this but when something over takes you so much it can be SO hard to not loathe yourself. When...
    Virgo1929 Virgo1929 18-21, F Jan 15

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    So my office had a bowling party on Saturday this was in place of a Christmas party. It went fine I really didn't want to go mainly because I try so hard to socialize and I feel...
    Slackergirl Slackergirl 31-35, F 2 Responses Jan 19

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    I'm a freshman in college and this has been the worst experience for me by far. Besides getting bullied in middle school and having problems in high school. I'm once again a loner...
    trulyspoken trulyspoken 18-21, F 6 Responses 5 days ago

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    I find it difficult to go to malls at times, they're so overwhelming. I can't make phone calls, my heart beats so hard and I feel sick and nervous. I also get really nervous when...
    lunazteca lunazteca 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 3

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