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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...
    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...
    Dirtydux Dirtydux 31-35, F Nov 19, 2012

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    I have recently been diagnosed with social anxiety, and I tried to talk to my friends about it, but they think I'm "over reacting" or "faking it" and I'm scared to even talk to...
    daniemcw daniemcw 16-17, F 5 Responses Mar 28

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    The only people I could ever befriend in high school up were other people with social anxiety or guys that wanted to use me. I can't make friends. People feel awkward around me. I...
    Nessybabi Nessybabi 18-21, F 3 Responses Mar 25

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    Is there anyone else who deals with social anxiety/awkwardness I can talk with?
    DarkGoddesss DarkGoddesss 16-17, F 5 Responses Apr 6

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    I am sick of this social anxiety and social phobia. I am a shell of what I once was. I have always suffered from anxiety and depression but seemed to manage with the help of...
    GroundedButterfly81 GroundedButterfly81 31-35, F 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    I have always had to deal with this my whole life! It is a hard thing to deal with, but I'm getting through it! I've realized now that I am who I am and if someone doesn't like...
    jamystery jamystery 18-21, F Mar 22

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    Social anxiety is from low self esteem and self shame. Tell me, have you ever seen someone who thought highly of themselves have social anxiety? I don't think so, I never have. Or...
    trippyprincess trippyprincess 13-15, F 1 Response Apr 1

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    So it's got to that time of night where I feel like a big ball of sadness yet again, it's day in day out...I'm getting tired of feeling like this constantly, I guess most of my...
    leahmusic96 leahmusic96 16-17, F 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    Social anxiety basically anxiety induced people. People cause anxiety. Even my family causes me anxiety people I've known for years and years I don't understand it just live with...
    Slackergirl Slackergirl 31-35, F Mar 29

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    I just turned 34, and I am seeking treatment for social anxiety, in earnest, for the first time in my life. It was pretty severe and is still at least moderate. I've made some...
    bewareofpity bewareofpity 31-35, M 2 Responses Apr 5

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    Having social anxiety is pretty much one of the worst feelings ever. It's horrible when you have to do presentations or talk to strangers. Mine is a bit extreme. I have issues...
    lovelyalchemy lovelyalchemy 16-17 Mar 25

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    I have social anxiety. From my experience social anxiety is shame related and this is what I learned so far: For example if your fat and your telling yourself every day that "I'm...
    ReliK ReliK 18-21, M 1 Response Mar 24

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    I can't go to college, I can't work, I can't do anything anymore, I'm to anxiety to go outside. I spend all my days almost 2 years in front of books and on computer. I finished...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Mar 22

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    I don't have many friends due to my small anxiety problem. The only friends I have are those who I have made 5 years ago. I really would like to talk more but I just can't...
    LoneWolf2001 LoneWolf2001 13-15, F 1 Response Mar 28

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    To those that have social anxiety, I want to remind you that you are not your anxiety. Do not let it define you. I know behind those irrational fears and involuntary impulses is a...
    athion64 athion64 18-21, M 4 Responses Apr 7

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    I am at a lost for words at the moment. For now I will Just say thank you for this place and the opportunity to speak freely without fear of extreme judgement. It is easier to...
    DuckyGirlHawaii DuckyGirlHawaii 18-21, F 7 Responses Mar 26

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    For me, I am deathly afraid of awkward situations. Like, if I were sitting in my car waiting to go to work and I see my coworker getting out of their car, I tend to look or face...
    irishp irishp 22-25, F 4 Responses Mar 19

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    As long as I can remember... Social anxiety is a pain in the butt i always feel like I'm being watched when I'm outside also feel like everyone is staring at me not fun...
    babyface12345 babyface12345 22-25, F 2 Responses Mar 25

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    Also.. I have trouble watching TV and movies.. I think too much about it. Most people can watch TV and movies and not think about it.. It's just like being in another reality,, if...
    freeebird freeebird 18-21, F 9 Responses Mar 29

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    This has totally changed my life in everyway. I can't just easily talk, walk, think, etc. without over-analyzing it has seriously opened my eyes to all of the amazing things I...
    freeebird freeebird 18-21, F 4 Responses Apr 2

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    My public speaking is 0% I have social anxiety and am self conscious
    Maddya Maddya 18-21, F Apr 5

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    My public speaking is 0% I have social anxiety and am self conscious
    Maddya Maddya 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 5

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    How I view Social Anxiety ^^
    athion64 athion64 18-21, M Apr 7

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    I'm in nursing school, i've been required to go to these meetup groups once a week for the past 4 months. I never thought of this as a place for friendships to be made..but i...
    7Saren 7Saren 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 7

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    I wish I had a friend who I can too but making friends always been hard. Some try to talk to me but I choke up and run away. I feel like I would live off better in the woods then...
    KimberlyGarcia KimberlyGarcia 16-17, F Apr 9

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    My friends are OFFICALLY sick of me talking about issues due to social anxiety. and now I feel like I'm completely alone. AGIAN!
    daniemcw daniemcw 16-17, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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    and depression and ocd. but, lately the social anxiety just gets worse and worse. i cant even keep a job because i cant stand that people see me. it makes me want to hide.. i get...
    lt623 lt623 22-25, F 2 Responses Mar 24

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    I've always had this when I was little. I've had low self esteem since I was a child. It didn't help that my sister was emotionally abusive and my parents were generally dismissive...
    preeez preeez 18-21 3 Responses a week ago

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    I am still waiting on my court appearance but dealing with what I have done is becoming more and more bearable each day. I have learned to forgive myself for the mistake I made and...
    anonymously3737 anonymously3737 22-25, F Mar 18

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    Sometimes in sync with social environments on an exponential level but in essence completely detached from it vibing in my own waveforms sometimes that calibrates sometimes it...
    rastamaracas rastamaracas 22-25, M Mar 22

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    I hate how my parents don't understand that I literally feel ill everytime I'm in a crowded room. Now they're forcing me to go to church with them, and I am so mad. I have to sit...
    Amidala97 Amidala97 16-17, F 4 Responses 1 hr ago

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    And I'm bustin it square in the chops... Okay check it out social mizfitz... You're a wreck in the world some days right? People seem all frakked up around u and ud like some...
    SShawnO SShawnO 41-45, M Mar 24

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    Okay so I'm feeling really anxious. I'm so overwhelmed with anxiety, hopelessness and confusion. I have no friends and I have no idea how to make them. Also, idk when it's...
    freeebird freeebird 18-21, F 4 Responses Mar 29

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    This is probably my worst problem. I want to be social so effing bad. My boyfriend is a social butterfly. He is THE social butterfly. He isn't scared to talk to anyone, he is so...
    Nessybabi Nessybabi 18-21, F 4 Responses Mar 23

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    Hope there are others that live with shyness and anxiety and can relate to this...nobody really understands people with shyness and anxiety
    shyguy07 shyguy07 26-30, M Mar 23

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    It may not be as bad as others, but social situations scare the crap out of me. I hate being around a lot of people, but I'll tolerate it if needed. I just don't like big groups of...
    AjLeePunk AjLeePunk 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 20

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    I would rather socialize online than in person, I avoid school events at my college, I do not enjoy going to local malls, I hate riding lightrail and public busses. Half the time I...
    LezPride LezPride 18-21, F 3 Responses Mar 25

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    I'm 15, music loving, and looking for my somebody. Alone is just the beginning, my entire life is leading to nothing, and I battle depression and anxiety. Maybe one day I will have...
    JustThatOneGurl JustThatOneGurl 13-15, F 3 Responses Mar 23

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    I need to say this. I understand in many ways my anxiety has me floating inside a bubble of vulnerability. Easily penetrated by anyone offering a chance for friendship. So i...
    DuckyGirlHawaii DuckyGirlHawaii 18-21, F Apr 1

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    I really just want people to stop pointing out my lack of social skills or my being too uptight/serious. I just want to live my life. I do what I love and I'm good at it. I don't...
    firemedic12 firemedic12 26-30, M 3 Responses Mar 28

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    I recently told my dad i have social anx and he said i will grow out of it and that im just shy. I want to go to therapy but everyone will think im overreacting.
    RichyF RichyF 16-17, M 8 Responses Mar 31

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    Is there any Socially Anxious people out there who want to try out, eye contact exposure with me over Cam. Im tired of wishing and waiting for miracles and want to take action. I...
    athion64 athion64 18-21, M 2 Responses Apr 6

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    Jesus is helping me with my SAD
    647821097bbnmhb 647821097bbnmhb 16-17, F 3 Responses Mar 18

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    I am staying in a hotel today and my anxity is up. Its a unfamiler place with strangers all around...
    Sparkles4Soul Sparkles4Soul 22-25, F 2 Responses Mar 19

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    My parents think its just some joke. They make fun of me for not having a job yet, no matter how many times I tell them why I just can't. Everytime I say anything about money, they...
    mysteryhatcat mysteryhatcat 16-17, F 5 Responses Mar 30

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    so I'm scared of prom. I'm going with a guy from work, but I was fired so i don't see him that much, now I'm terrified to even talk to him!!! and now it's like, what if I have a...
    daniemcw daniemcw 16-17, F 1 day ago

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    Sometimes I feel just plain stupid. Okay, I really need some advice. Almost a year ago I fell in love with a guy who was with me in some sort of youth clinic. I thought that I...
    zyakkui zyakkui 18-21, F 3 Responses Apr 3

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    I have been single for about four months now and my body/mind is starting to realize that there is something missing. I am not the type of girl to sleep around with someone unless...
    katastrofic katastrofic 26-30, F 1 Response Mar 30

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    My boyfriend of almost 6 years left me almost 8 months ago. I am having still the hardest time to move on. I recently started counseling to help with the whole talking aspect. I...
    jsummerboy jsummerboy 18-21, M Mar 19

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    I am looking for a support group, a community of people that I can connect with. I hope I have come to the right place. I feel so alone. there is a deep ache inside my gut. I am...
    ode2joy14 ode2joy14 41-45 1 Response Mar 23