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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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    The main problem with social anxiety is a lack of connectivity with emotions, which leads to the inability to formulate a firm set of beliefs and consequently the inability to act...
    Close2You Close2You 26-30, M 1 Response 2 days ago

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    I am currently seeking therapy for it. It's strange to say that I have social anxiety because I am a private person, and I enjoy spending time by myself. However, there are times I...
    Close2You Close2You 26-30, M 4 days ago

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    Entry # 1 Hello All :), Here is my attempt to record my progress toward becoming anxiety free. Ive been a shy person way before I could even comprehend what shy was. A shy...
    athion64 athion64 18-21, M 2 Responses Aug 28

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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 Aug 22

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    Can someone who has been diagnosed with social anxiety please message me. I have a lot of questions.
    Kimberlynnn Kimberlynnn 13-15, F 4 Responses Sep 1

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    I have online social anxiety. Honestly, talking is easy for me, I can do it for hours (though some people might get bored and weirded out by me), but when I'm online, my SA makes...
    justicehero justicehero 18-21, M Sep 5

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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 Aug 20

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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 Aug 21

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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 Aug 21

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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 Aug 21

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    It's not just social anxiety but it's an intense FEAR from public interaction that gets so bad, I try my best to avoid it. That itself has caused great self-hatred and insecurity...
    yourpetmuzzie yourpetmuzzie 18-21, M 2 days ago

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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 Aug 21

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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 Aug 23

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    Social anxiety showed up in me about 10 and since then it has made my life living hell, I can't talk to anyone without my face going completely red and getting embarrassed. Looking...
    Rachsong348 Rachsong348 13-15, F 3 Responses Aug 31

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    Yup I have social anxiety. I'd shake when I'm out of my element and seem like I'm being judged. I'm a very awkward person and I feel like I'm going to end up doing something...
    Mattsdragons Mattsdragons 13-15, M 3 Responses Sep 6

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    Well, having read some other people's stories, I feel stupid even suggesting that I have social anxiety. I mean, I can leave my house and everything. I manage to go to school. I...
    SuspendYourDisbelief SuspendYourDisbelief 13-15 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    hello, i have been suffering from social anxiety for a few years. and it's now at it's worst. my SA is a result of a combination of my quiet shy personality and my fear of walking...
    vitotheclutchhand vitotheclutchhand 18-21, M 1 Response 3 days ago

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    I hate having social anxiety, I feel like there's something wrong with me..
    sunnysideupp sunnysideupp 16-17, F 1 Response 2 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 Aug 21

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    I actually had someone say to me today, "you're lucky you aren't pregnant yet because it sucks"...SERIOUSLY???!!! Do you know how lucky you are???!!! The urge to slap was strong...
    highhopes4baby highhopes4baby 26-30, F 1 Response a week ago

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    Entry #2 Why am I doing this? or better yet, what is keeping me going? I am challenging myself, my thoughts, behaviors, my ANXIETY because I know what it feels like to be...
    athion64 athion64 18-21, M Aug 29

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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 Aug 20

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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 Aug 21

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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...
    Keyyuhn Keyyuhn 13-15, F 1 Response Aug 24

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    I've always been extremely worried about what others think of me and how I come across, and the more I do so, the more I'll appear socially inept, which in turn drives my anxieties...
    aj1996 aj1996 18-21, M 2 Responses Sep 4

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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 Aug 24

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    (all names have been changed from real names) When I was younger I never had social problems, I loved talking to everyone and being around people, but when I got into school...
    XandraElise XandraElise 18-21, F 2 Responses 13 hrs ago

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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 Aug 21

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    I m not Anti Social But I m Pro Solitude !!
    ProSolitude ProSolitude 26-30, F 3 Responses Aug 22

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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 Aug 23

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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 Aug 24

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    I want to be more sociable but I've been alone for so long I get terrified when it's time for me to socialize and it's extremely frustrated. I went to ask for a job at a local...
    justalea justalea 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 28

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    My mother in law took it upon herself to sign me up to work at our church festival. I'm assigned to cashier at the raffle table. I remember last year specifically saying to her I...
    myblumoon myblumoon 31-35, F 2 Responses Aug 29

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    I'm pretty sure I know how I got my anxiety. I used to get bullied really badly throughout elementary. Now I am totally shy with new people. I'm scared of them. I can't even go...
    undeadblackhawk undeadblackhawk 13-15, F 2 Responses Aug 31

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    I seem rude at times, & I seem so anti-social. It sucks bc Im really a nice person and i love people and my goal is to lift spirits, and if i could talk to you I would. Im pretty...
    eeeosborne eeeosborne 16-17, F 3 Responses Sep 2

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    It's my first week of college. I'm starting from ground zero; my high-school friends aren't around to save me anymore. I never realized how hard it is to freaking talk to people...
    ihugcats ihugcats 18-21, F 5 Responses Sep 4

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    people one of the many causes of my anxiety, i cant even talk to my sister or other family members without feeling awkward except my brother. i want to have friends but every time...
    UndecidingFactor UndecidingFactor 18-21, M 2 Responses Sep 5

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    Totally passed my comfort zone tonight. We had a school hockey game, our college against our rival university. Didn't know anyone going, showed up and sat with some people that...
    TheSongPlaysWithin TheSongPlaysWithin 16-17, F 1 Response Sep 7

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    Walking home from school today, I had an anxiety attack. I've been having this a lot lately, but this one was one of the worst. I was walking with my best friend and his little...
    Theycallherelly Theycallherelly 13-15, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    it ruined me.i literally have no social life.i tried to tell mom i think somethings wrong because i dont feel well but she says im fine.i have no friends.i live alone and convinced...
    ohmigawshcookies ohmigawshcookies 18-21, F 6 Responses 1 day ago

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    I met a guy on the net. we have been exchanging mails everyday, starting from good morning to good night. We were both busy with work but we talked thru skype when we had time. The...
    waruchen waruchen 31-35 1 Response 3 days ago

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    Going to the mall can be a stressful time for me. Having to be around so many people, with so many things going on, drains me of energy and makes me feel anxious. I also dont...
    rumblingheart rumblingheart 16-17, F 1 Response Aug 21

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    I can't go into places with a large amount of people without feeling on edge and anxious. Let alone be myself.
    mikewmc2011 mikewmc2011 22-25, M 1 Response Aug 30

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    It's easier for me to be around others in small groups but is still difficult. I struggle with being in large groups or being around lots of people. It's so difficult! UUUUGHggGHHH...
    vertexsix vertexsix 22-25, M Aug 30

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    I don't like being around people that much so instead of going and hanging out with people, I hooked up the wii and bought a new controller and a hunting game and call of duty...
    fallout07 fallout07 18-21, F Sep 1

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