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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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    It's a living hell really. Just going out in public is hard to do. I hate being in crowds. Therapist hasn't helped much. Hell, even being around my bestfriend is hard to do now...
    thatoneguy336 thatoneguy336 18-21, M 1 Response Aug 4

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    If there's a large amount of people in a single room I have a real problem with that
    panthrax00 panthrax00 16-17, M Aug 4

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    I have to force myself to go anywhere. I stress about people looking at me and judging me. I will avoid as much contact as possible if I know I'm not looking my best. I never walk...
    Nihnox Nihnox 18-21, F 3 Responses Aug 4

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    I wanted to write out my whole entire battle with social anxiety. I remember it clearly the first day I chocked up I had cold palms and sweaty forehead, I could feel my heart...
    dassays dassays 22-25, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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    Yes I do have social anxiety because if I am in social sitting... I tend to tension up and coughing. Those are one of the signs of social anxiety for me. So that is why I don't...
    mother1983 mother1983 26-30, F 4 Responses Aug 2

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    I certainly have social anxiety but not to the point that I cannot function socially at all. But each time that I go into a social situation, I do need to mentally prepare myself...
    NYX78 NYX78 36-40, F 5 Responses Jul 27

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    Today was another crappy day. I think mostly because I am starting to feel bored. My little sister is on a vacation with her boyfriend, and I am left her with my overprotective...
    Skywalker1979 Skywalker1979 31-35, M Jul 28

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    Baddddd to buddy. I've always had social anxiety since I was a youngin. I couldn't be around a big, small, medium group of people, especially strangers. Other wise I'd have a panic...
    UnstableSammi UnstableSammi 22-25, F a week ago

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    I used to have Social Anxiety ( I was diagnosed with it) but grew out of it! How? Well 1st off, I know that it was instilled in me during my upbringing to care about what...
    lagatta lagatta 41-45, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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    I think the worst way in which social anxiety affects me is with finding employment. I get so nervous when job hunting in person i'll often just do it online but I know it's...
    genericidiot genericidiot 16-17, F 3 Responses Jul 29

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    I always knew there was something wrong with me mentally, I have recently been diagnosed with anxiety and depression. Due to be starting counselling in the near future. I do have...
    TheUnpredictable9 TheUnpredictable9 18-21, F 3 Responses Aug 13

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    It was my first day of my Senior year today. My last first day of high school, by this time around you'd think that'd I would have figured out how to fit in and socialize like a...
    ThatDarnKatz ThatDarnKatz 16-17, F 5 days ago

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    Okay , I've been at my current job for about 2 months (I work at Starbucks ). I still have social anxiety. I don't really conversate with my co workers as much....I'm the youngest...
    girlygirl1995 girlygirl1995 18-21, F 3 Responses 5 days ago

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    I didn't quite know why I couldn't dare get change from the teenager at the register, or ask a stranger for help in public until about two years ago. I did some research and found...
    thegreatsideshow thegreatsideshow 13-15, F Jul 28

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    I get really angry at people who think it's a fashion statement to state they have a mental disorder i.e social anxiety, depression, self harm and suicidal tendencies (all of which...
    emilythespacecat emilythespacecat 13-15, F 2 Responses Jul 28

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    social anxiety is a *****.
    Ashley1421 Ashley1421 13-15, F 1 Response Jul 28

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    I've been visiting colleges recently and all I can think about is how bombarded and scared I'll be because of my social anxiety. How am I going to make friends?
    ccb22 ccb22 16-17, F 3 Responses Aug 1

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    I have social anxiety and it's bad. I really need some help on how to overcome it. So far I've gotten better, I'm not like how I use to be as a child. I just need more advice. Help...
    Latiaaaa Latiaaaa 16-17, F 4 Responses Aug 5

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    I have social anxiety really bad, and I hate it. It's ruined so many experiences for me and talking to adults, or even people younger than me, just makes me sick to my stomach. I...
    jxssicaa jxssicaa 18-21, F 13 Responses Aug 12

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    Aight brothers and sisters heres a mantra for you, from me. Mr. Social Anxiety. (Poet too!) No matter where you go in this world, you are in Your place in the world. You have a...
    SShawnO SShawnO 41-45, M 1 Response Aug 13

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    Social anxiety has made me physically I'll every morning because I'm so afraid to go to school. I hate being snapped at and being embarrassed. I can remember being snapped at up to...
    AceGuy15 AceGuy15 13-15, M 2 Responses Aug 17

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    Escaping Reality. There's some big thing ahead. Only one week left and I am worried as hell. Gonna start an internship then and there will be so many people. I hate people. I...
    zyakkui zyakkui 18-21, F 5 Responses 6 days ago

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    When I show up in a class and really just walking around my school, it seems everyone except me is walking in groups. When I get to class and I sit, anywhere I feel like, usually...
    tempe100 tempe100 22-25, M 3 days ago

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    hi everyone ever since i was little i have always had social anxiety....but it didnt start showing until high school, i tired making friends but i felt awkward because i never knew...
    momoayami momoayami 18-21, F 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    I am feeling very depressed with my infertility I just need some support from any if you who understands as even my husband is avoiding talking to me about it. My boss at work has...
    surfiehall surfiehall 31-35, F 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    I am really tired of dealing with impatient and stupid people. I'd like to be able to tell them exactly what I think of them, but I can't and it sucks.
    thoughtsthatstray thoughtsthatstray 41-45, M 1 Response Aug 1

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    Ugh, I'm so socially awkward due to my anxiety and it bugs me. I can't manage to sleepover anywhere. I always end up coming back home. I have to keep my phone charged and on me 24...
    TheSongPlaysWithin TheSongPlaysWithin 16-17, F 1 Response Aug 1

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    I am soo dissapointed in myself! Last weekend was my ultimate social test and I failed. It was my "sister in laws" babyshower. (boyfriend's brother's girlfriend). We dont really...
    viavleiviax viavleiviax 18-21, F 2 Responses a week ago

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    Hello, I'm 22 years old and I feel like i've wasted alot of my time on unimportant things because of my anxiety and fear. I wish I could go back in time and do things i really...
    ashto1 ashto1 22-25, M 3 Responses 6 days ago

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    And its getting really bad. I've always suffered with a little bit of anxiety, and I'm OCD about a lot of things so that did contribute to the anxiety, but recently I've been...
    behappy4 behappy4 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 18

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    As hard as I want to make new friends my anxiety Is always killing me, I'm afraid that people will just reject me... I always tell myself like "Wake up, you're in the real world...
    Heissler Heissler 13-15, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    I blew it with my mother today. I think I completely broke her already broken heart. Somehow, our conversation veered off to my walking pattern (which is terrible, thank you...
    mayhems mayhems 36-40 2 Responses Aug 9

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    I really hate when my friends tell me stuff like "Being social isn't that hard" or "You are just being dramatic." Its hard for me to talk to anyone and to deal with a lot of social...
    Teresag2875 Teresag2875 16-17, F 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    I went to a picnic. I waited in the car for a good 30 minutes. I couldn't get out and as I watched people pile into the parking lot I just got more and more anxious. I finally left...
    xMayesx xMayesx 16-17, M 4 Responses Aug 13

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    I hate going out now. I feel so awkward around people. I know I can usually get through if I make it out of the apartment, but the stress and feeling of the world closing in on me...
    RingoVonCitrus RingoVonCitrus 41-45, M 5 Responses 5 days ago

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    We have new next door neighbors. My husband wants me to go out and meet them. I'm comfy chilling and watching tv. I just don't want to meet new people. I feel obligated to make...
    kbella814921 kbella814921 36-40, F 5 Responses Aug 1

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    Should I go out and have fun tonight? My bf is at a lake with his friends getting drunk and having a good time. I don't wanna sit around like a loser lol. But social situations...
    Rosaalie Rosaalie 18-21, F 15 Responses Aug 2

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    And today, I think I had an anxiety attack. For one, I live with other family members and I'm uncomfortable around them. Especially my uncle, who's a perfectionist and prefers...
    Inadine Inadine 16-17, F 1 Response Aug 5

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    I only started expressing symptoms over the last 2 years. It's getting to the point where I don't even want to go grocery shopping. There's always too many people, and their...
    iamrae22 iamrae22 22-25, F Aug 12

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    So im moving to budapest from debrecen the little town in hungary after my 3 years there. Things were great. I wasnt happy nor satisfied with my life. Living in hungary the first...
    ketogluta ketogluta 22-25 1 Response Aug 17

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    I m not Anti Social But I m Pro Solitude !!
    ProSolitude ProSolitude 26-30, F 3 Responses 4 days ago

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    Today, I am horribly anxious and self-conscious. I don't want to socialize. I want to wear a hoodie and become a turtle in a very cold room.
    Apirne Apirne 18-21, F 4 Responses 4 days ago

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    I'll admit; I do. I know it is because I have low self-esteem and I feel like the biggest goober in social situations even though that may not be the case. It all ties back to my...
    jlynnaz jlynnaz 31-35, F 4 Responses 3 days ago

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    Testimonial Dinner My heart is beating so hard after receiving an invitation for a testimonial dinner. I want to be absent so bad but they made a special delivery to make sure we...
    mareliberum mareliberum 26-30 3 Responses Jul 30

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    I'm so anxious I feel like dying. I'm out getting a pedicure. The suspense of needing to live more and speak is killing me. I'm afraid everything I say will be compromised, talked...
    andybramblefrisch andybramblefrisch 22-25, M Jul 30

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