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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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    I don't understand why people with social anxiety have to present stuff in class
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    I realized that I had social anxiety my freshman year of highschool. I've struggled with it for a long time and I still do. I am now 17, junior, and the more I think about my...
    AcousticSoul17 AcousticSoul17 16-17, F 1 Response Nov 5

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    I have social anxiety since I was a teenager and I came to know that I have that disorder only at the age of 26. So, that disorder made me pretty much friendless and now I want to...
    cdef12 cdef12 31-35, F 4 Responses Nov 2

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    Other people don't get it. They don't understand that it just isn't that easy. They don't understand why I don't like to go to crowded places or why I avoid social situations. They...
    Jessica4729 Jessica4729 13-15, F 2 Responses Oct 31

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    I mostly stick to myself because going out and trying to be social, well, always ends badly. I have social anxiety. I hate it but live with it. I freak out when I meet people. I...
    southerngirl15 southerngirl15 16-17, F 2 Responses Nov 2

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    I'm up to week 6 of a 12 week social anxiety course. Each session is 2 hours. I am noticing some improvements already. But I wouldn't recommend doing this kind of therapy until you...
    lisadee87 lisadee87 26-30, F 1 Response Nov 2

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    I feel like every year my SA gets a little bit worse than the previous year. Right now i feel like i have hit rock bottom. I can't start or maintain a conversation, I can make any...
    snowtwhite snowtwhite 22-25 2 Responses Nov 10

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    I'm afraid of talking to other people and answering/making phone calls but my job requires that a lot. It's only been a week since I started my job and I cry each day. Whenever I...
    rabblemagic rabblemagic 18-21, F 4 Responses Oct 25

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    Hearing people laugh near you. Not talking because you're afraid that what you say will be judged. Keeping quiet in a conversation with three people. Not being able to go anywhere...
    JustSomeTeenagerr JustSomeTeenagerr 13-15, F 7 Responses Oct 26

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    I have really bad Social Anxiety. Once i was in class and my teacher told me to present infront of the class and i started shaking and I had a metal break down and fainted..
    Melissa072302 Melissa072302 13-15, F 9 Responses Oct 28

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    So yeah, I have social anxiety. It began way back a year and a half ago, where I started to realise that if I was on my own around a large group of people, I would begin to start...
    GamerGrimace21 GamerGrimace21 22-25, M 1 Response Nov 1

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    Its so bad, my social anxiety is crippling me.
    15ShadesOfBlue 15ShadesOfBlue 13-15, F 1 Response Nov 3

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    I've had social anxiety for almost as long as I can remember. It's exhausting going through the day always trying to be on, trying to feign normalcy. And it never seems like enough...
    wovenlife wovenlife 31-35, F 5 Responses Nov 6

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    i am 27. guy from india. social anxiety is hitting me very hard these days. i've told my parents what i've been going through lately. but i guess they dont seem to understand. they...
    maubunt maubunt 26-30, M 3 Responses Nov 8

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    I have social anxiety! And it has increased over the years. I have always been uncomfortable in gatherings but did not know until last week that this is what it was. I could not...
    LaraLuulu LaraLuulu 26-30, F 10 Responses Nov 10

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    I've had social anxiety for as long as I can remember. Its the worst when I have to talk to someone I don't know or I have to confront someone I'm close to about something, whether...
    kassilikescookies kassilikescookies 13-15, F Nov 12

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    I have major social anxiety and its hell!
    SuicideMascara SuicideMascara 18-21, F 4 days ago

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    I'm fed up of dealing with infertility. I wish I could not want a baby anymore, how do I make it stop?
    rebecca991 rebecca991 22-25, F 1 Response Nov 4

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    I have been dealing with this for a long time being very depressed behind it and have not been really able to talk to anybody about it. I feel like it have really altered a piece...
    lostndasauce lostndasauce 31-35, M Nov 9

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    Recently my anxiety has got a lot worse and I've struggled with all social relationships. Previously I struggled with new social situations but recently when I see people I've...
    b752u b752u 22-25, F 3 Responses Oct 26

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    And driving anxiety. Not to mention when the lights Go out. I'm all alone. I have anxiety of being alone. I have anxiety.
    Sierrasmith Sierrasmith 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 4

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    I finally beat it and feel SO FREE! I'd tried everything: counselling, prescription meds, behaviour therapy, visualization. Read all the books and did all the activities. Nothing...
    crochet4fun crochet4fun 31-35, F a week ago

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    I have realized the more I pretend to be ok, never really resolving my issues, never talking things out, stressing and crying when no one is looking no longer just affects me...
    Shygirl917 Shygirl917 18-21, F Nov 11

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    When I'm feeling socially anxious, which isn't too often, I feel it's often in response to some perceived threat or competition. I'm not sure about anyone else, but I often find...
    mrdane415 mrdane415 26-30, M 1 Response 4 days ago

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    It is easy to feel down and alone when you realize that no one (maybe not even you) really knows you, they only know the version of you that has gone through the anxiety filter...
    Friability Friability 18-21 Oct 25

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    . Sometimes I feel. Everything seems ultimately pointless, I feel worthless - like nobody cares about me and I don't give a **** about myself. I am happy sometimes, but i always...
    1heart2beat 1heart2beat 18-21, M 5 Responses Nov 3

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    i hate it so much. i suffer from this, general anxiety and depression. my biggest fear is that its already effecting my new job in retail. each time i get yelled at i feel like a...
    lexik123 lexik123 18-21, F 3 Responses Nov 5

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    My to do list Try overcome anxiety and depression Try do more things with my 4 children because I am the only one. Try fix things around the house Try work more to pay the bills...
    paikeathecat paikeathecat 31-35, F 1 Response Nov 5

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    I have Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Only feel comfortable around people I know well. Brand new settings and new people don't go well with me.
    SentimentalMood SentimentalMood 36-40, F 6 Responses 5 days ago

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    Hi,i'm new to here.what happend to me completely changed me and my life.and never can be the same.i think i have to accept that reality,but it's still hard to deal with it..in my...
    juryandrews juryandrews 31-35, F 8 Responses 2 days ago

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    If I could change my mind I'd do it in a heartbeat. Locked up in a cage till I come home, my comments never reach the finishing dot. My heads filled with anxiety, all because of...
    RianneK RianneK 16-17, F 16 hrs ago

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    My ex broke up with me 4 months ago and I think I will be alone for ever, I can't date, I don't know what to do. I tried online dating and I like it because I find I can chat...
    Asguard Asguard 31-35, M 2 Responses Oct 25

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    I don't think I fall under the clinical disorder, but I find it very difficult to reintegrate back in to socializing after I've been isolated for a while. This happens a lot when I...
    starasong starasong 22-25, F 5 days ago

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    I start to get tunnel vision. My ears start burning. My face gets really hot. The world seems to drop away and I feel like my whole body is floating. Couldn't even walk properly. I...
    baizdaza baizdaza 22-25, M 1 Response 4 days ago

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    It takes so much energy to be social. I get so nervous even when I have to pick a place to sit in a crowded area. I can only last for so long before I want to be by myself.
    Wsmith3 Wsmith3 22-25, M 1 Response 4 days ago

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    It's hard for me to look into people's eyes for long periods of time, and it's even sometimes hard to say things online. On here, I feel better, but I still get really shy. I'm...
    RhinosaurusRex RhinosaurusRex 18-21, F 1 Response 15 hrs ago

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    Finally down to almost two weeks left till I can be with him again. I've felt really alone in this whole process and I'm sad that I just know found this site... I wish I could...
    Manndachristine Manndachristine 18-21 1 Response Nov 7

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    So upset. I have a stress fracture in my foot. I have such bad anxiety about gaining weight and not being able to exercise like I use to.
    sbarry5 sbarry5 22-25, F 5 days ago

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    I find gender dysphoria can be very hard to cope with. I cringe at being called Mister. I feel sick when someone mentions the word 'man'. To be shoehorned into a gender role that I...
    tesseract49 tesseract49 18-21, T 1 Response Oct 31

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