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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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    If anyone needs an outlet, I am an experienced ear and know many ways to deal with how social anxiety inhibits day to day life.
    Socalsunset Socalsunset 22-25, F 1 Response 10 hrs ago

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    I didn't know how bad my social anxiety was until recently. It has effected me negatively in the following.. I recently declined a career altering job interview because I was just...
    kikimayes kikimayes 22-25, F 5 Responses May 16

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    I have extreme social anxiety due to peers bullying and abusing me. I was normal to begin with. So, it all started when I was about 5. I was living in gapview trailer park. And...
    fallenangel0421 fallenangel0421 13-15, F 3 Responses May 4

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    I start my new job next week. I feel as I'm getting older my social anxiety has gotten much easier to handle but it does affect me every now and then. Now I have a job where I'm...
    ComplicatedGirl18 ComplicatedGirl18 18-21, F 4 Responses May 15

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    No one knows how bad my social anxiety is. I'm not sure they even see it as a "real" problem. My family, we don't talk about these things. We avoid most confrontation. We don't...
    ambivalentFriability ambivalentFriability 18-21 1 Response May 16

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    I have always been socially awkward ever since I was younger and I spent almost all of my high school years just trying to fit in. I did 'fit in' for a while. It wasn't that...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response May 8

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    Soo I'm coming to you all vulnerable as hell. All the gloves coming off now. I have to say one thing that triggers my social anxiety is the feeling of embarrassment and total utter...
    ElSabre101 ElSabre101 26-30, M 1 Response May 5

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    So my friend who has anxiety herself told me that I might have social anxiety.....**** :/
    Wompy52 Wompy52 18-21, M 1 Response May 19

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    I did but you wouldn't know it if you met me today. It turned out that my social anxiety wasn't the issue. It was a symptom of undiagnosed ADD. ADD doesn't stand alone, it...
    SonOfTheDelta SonOfTheDelta 46-50, M 1 day ago

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    Social anxiety really has a way of ******* up your personal development.
    ambivalentFriability ambivalentFriability 18-21 1 Response May 1

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    My social anxiety is so bad that I feel anxious about posting on here.
    EK94 EK94 18-21, M 3 Responses May 5

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    My social anxiety had gotten so bad one day that I could barely go up and get myself something to eat for lunch. I kept thinking what if people start looking or staring at me as if...
    ShyKidz ShyKidz 16-17, M 5 Responses May 6

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    I have disorder connected to my Social Anxiety Disorder called Selective Mutism. I don't know if I want to quit or not, I'm planning on taking a sign language class on September.
    ariettaxsydney ariettaxsydney 18-21, F 1 Response May 11

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    What's difference between shy and social anxiety
    noname107 noname107 18-21, F 2 Responses May 14

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    Interesting article. I am an empath. I am looking forward to future findings. http://www.spiritscienceandmetaphysics.com/new-study-links-social-anxiety-to-being-empath/
    AmyOnEP AmyOnEP 41-45, F 2 Responses May 17

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    I have really bad social anxiety and my school don't that it's a serious problem and they punish me for not going into lessons and it's now that bad I couldn't do my gcse exam...
    zib131 zib131 16-17, M 5 Responses May 18

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    Is sending one of your friends up to the cashier with the money instead of doing it yourself,just to get out of the store and away from everybody considered social anxiety? cause I...
    HenryYamada HenryYamada 18-21, M 6 Responses 6 days ago

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    Can anyone tell me if having very low almost nonexistent self esteem and confidence is considered part of social anxiety?? I feel like worthless ugly fat **** everyday and it makes...
    rileystella rileystella 22-25, F 5 Responses 5 days ago

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    I get ditched a lot by "friends" and I always feel like its my fault. Just happened today as well. Do they recognize my social anxiety and get a kick out of exploiting it?
    niceguyswin23 niceguyswin23 18-21, M 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    I have social anxiety disorder and I've had it for almost 4 years... Although I've been quite shy all my life. I'm not putting this on for sympathy or anything like that, I just...
    PeacefulAngel01 PeacefulAngel01 13-15, F 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    I see other people just randomly talking to each other or being able to strike conversations with each other and then there is me I can not hold down a conversation with someone...
    jumpingjackflash121 jumpingjackflash121 22-25, M 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    I haven't been on here in awhile.......been dealing with all this DUI struggle. I'm getting ready to have a hearing to get my license back which I'm excited about. But mostly I'm...
    heaven89 heaven89 22-25, F 1 Response May 8

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    I find it so difficult to talk to certain people sometimes. I guess it has to do with me being self conscious about my appearance but I need to find a way to get over it.
    ilovePTX ilovePTX 18-21, F 3 hrs ago

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    What people who don't have SA fail to understand is that anxiety is physical. "Your chest tightens, your head feels cloudy & you are acutely aware of the effort behind every breath...
    BasAllah BasAllah 13-15, F 5 Responses Apr 30

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    It's not that obvious. I'm not really super lonely in which I don't have friends...but real friends? Like the ones who will really stay by your side because you have developed and...
    Wewerethereinthattime Wewerethereinthattime 18-21, F 2 Responses May 4

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    On many days like today my heart races and I feel clammy like I am constantly on the verge of passing out while trying to remain vigilant (so many eyes and facial expressions and...
    3naturespice3 3naturespice3 22-25 4 Responses a week ago

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    Like I said somewhere before, anxiety is a demon that sits on my shoulder and whispers discouraging/disturbing things in my ear. When I go out in public (alone, with nothing to...
    AnxiousBizzareandCynical AnxiousBizzareandCynical 13-15, M 4 Responses 6 days ago

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    I've never even been diagnosed with anxiety before, but I KNOW I have it. My parents refuse to take me to a psychiatrist, I've seriously begged them to take me, and I can't go by...
    kaylynx kaylynx 16-17, F 6 Responses 5 days ago

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    In course, I see the new faces coming in and witness how natural it is for them to fit in within the first week. For me, it took months to start talking and socialising. Even then...
    PaxTerra PaxTerra 18-21, F 3 Responses 1 day ago

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    I get so much anxiety around new people and am so shy I never wanna venture out of my comfort zone out side of my bf. I love him and he is my best friend and I wouldnt trade the...
    bigkidkelli bigkidkelli 22-25, F 2 Responses May 2

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    I'm currently a freshman in high school and I have selective mutism which nobody really understands. I got a book from the library for a project and the return date is today. I...
    lexi1027 lexi1027 13-15, F 4 Responses May 4

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    Does anyone know what kind of medication I can take without a prescription? My parents REFUSE to take me to any kind of doctor.. I can't do anything anymore, even going out to...
    kaylynx kaylynx 16-17, F 11 Responses 2 days ago

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    People don't understand how it feels to not be able to do normal people things like hang out with friends or go out to a public place. I'd love to do those things but the anxiety...
    axelyax axelyax 18-21, M 2 days ago

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    so I feel.embarrassed I told me co workers on my first day that I was getting bad anxiety..but I couldn't help it this new gen of kids is so rude ...
    imissdnce imissdnce 31-35, F 4 Responses May 3

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    My anxiety has literally gotten so bad I can't even participate in gym at school because of the fear of people making fun of me.. or saying something to me. I won't go into a store...
    XxBonesExposedxX XxBonesExposedxX 13-15, F 4 Responses May 15

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    I just want to be able to live life not depending on others. This anxiety makes it hard to do so. I can't even ask strangers what they are up to alone, even if I want to. It's my...
    Lolinondoda Lolinondoda 16-17, F 3 Responses May 21

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    You don't think it's a disability? How about experiencing it for yourself just to see how debilitating it really is. Be grateful you've never had to experience it so bad to where...
    SparkleSwirl SparkleSwirl 18-21, F 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    I struggle everyday to interact with people I know as well as strangers. Whenever I'm in a social setting I become very anxious. I just wish I knew how to take control and interact...
    Desmondhume1 Desmondhume1 18-21, M 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    My anxiety gets in the way of what I really want to do a lot.
    magick67 magick67 46-50, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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