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I Am Dealing With Social Anxiety

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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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    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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    My social anxiety is really effecting my life. I've been with my dad for a week and now I'm feeling sick going back to my mum.
    conflictinglives conflictinglives 13-15, M 17 hrs ago

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    I don't know if I actually have social anxiety because I am too scared to mention my thoughts to my parents. I'm an insomniac and take medication for that. I'm almost positive...
    sk8rkm77 sk8rkm77 13-15, F 2 Responses 20 hrs ago

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    I understand if you post something inappropriate on a social media- but when it's appropriate and only defines me and my life- there's no need to criticise
    Jaazz1987 Jaazz1987 16-17 1 Response 1 day ago

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    I may be socially awkward or self-conscious, but at the same time , i deeply desire a connection with someone who'll understand me.
    KaylaCherie KaylaCherie 13-15, F 3 Responses 1 day ago

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    Classes start again tomorrow. I've been going to my college for two years now already and I'm familiar with the campus and my Biology teacher, but I'm still nervous about being in...
    sunshinebucky sunshinebucky 16-17, F 3 days ago

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    I'm going into my third year of nursing soon and can't even think about how I'm going to deal with everything. I've spent 4 months of break pretty much doing nothing and got too...
    ashhh25 ashhh25 18-21, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    Back in the times when technology had not taken over people's minds and lives, people used to live in colonies. As a group. Large cities were not prevalent then. So, each...
    kasiyat kasiyat 26-30, F 5 days ago

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    I'm perfectly fine talking in front of people. I have play theater whit audience over 400 people. I can talk to strangers and ask what time it is. But I can't go to parties or...
    Stanpines Stanpines 18-21, F 3 Responses 5 days ago

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    MY BIGGEST PET PEEVE: When people act 'depressed' or think they have 'social anxiety' to fit in or do it for attention, when there are others out there who are actually diagnosed...
    Hipstercatlover Hipstercatlover 16-17, F 5 Responses 5 days ago

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    At this age I should be begging to go out but I'm constantly coming up with excuses to avoid going out with friends.
    TomorrowsDreams3 TomorrowsDreams3 16-17, F 6 Responses 5 days ago

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    My life is becoming a struggle between living the life I have and am not anxious in, and the life that I want so bad but has so many anxiety bridges that I have to cross.
    Bean2015 Bean2015 18-21, M 5 days ago

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    Today I tried to quit band and my director shamed me for wanting to quit saying that i had made a commitment. The reason I want to quit is because of social anxiety and low self...
    AllieKat17 AllieKat17 13-15, F 2 Responses a week ago

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    "The Four Agreements" by Don Miguel Ruiz: (Agreement #2 REALLY helps with social anxiety) #2: "Don't Take Anything Personally" "Nothing others do is because of you. What others...
    LoveIsWithinYou LoveIsWithinYou 26-30, M 1 Response Aug 20

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    This thing has made turned my life an agonizingly lonely existence. Really. I don't believe that I'm exaggerating when I say "agonizing". May social anxiety die the quickest, yet...
    ambivalentFriability ambivalentFriability 18-21 2 Responses Aug 18

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    I have depression and anxiety and my boyfriends gone to America with his family for 3 weeks, I only realised last night how much my boyfriend helps my illnesses, I felt so so...
    paulalkayexo paulalkayexo 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 18

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    I hate going out in public because i feel like everyone judges me and looks at me just to laugh, it also doesn't help that im less developed than most 18 year olds and im petite...
    avalily avalily 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 17

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    does anyone else give their money to their friends/family whenever going into a store? whenever I go with anyone to buy anything, I hand them my money and whatever I'm buying and...
    chaospotato chaospotato 16-17, M 1 Response Aug 17

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    Literally spent the first 4 days of school shaking uncontrollably, hyperventilating, teeth chattering, and avoiding eye contact with everyone. Just moved to a new school and I...
    brokenangel14 brokenangel14 13-15, F 2 Responses Aug 17

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    Every I talk to someone, even my closest friend, I feel like they aren't listening to or hearing anything that I'm saying. When they are, I feel like I'm saying the complete wrong...
    Kyanag Kyanag 16-17, F 2 Responses Aug 16

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    Yes I am but its the hand I was delt and im trying to learn to cope with such. Maybe in time ill get over with honest person by my side. Who knows Bottom line this **** sucks and...
    Averageguy41011 Averageguy41011 41-45, M Aug 15

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    Social anxiety is being afraid of being judged, or not being liked by someone else. I hate having social anxiety. Is there medication for this?
    Abbyi25 Abbyi25 13-15, F 2 Responses Aug 15

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    Sweaty palms, unsteady hands, my body shaking, almost vibrating. I can feel my throat close up, I am unable to speak. My eyes get blurry, and I hold back tears. I experience these...
    awakenstarchild awakenstarchild 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 15

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    Not traditional social anxiety it's more of anxiety of feeling others feelings and knowing better to address them.
    lostinlife2 lostinlife2 36-40, F 3 Responses Aug 14

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    I think it started when I was 12 years old. At school it was tough, I was bullied and also one of my teacher was a complete jerk. After that I started to be afraid of people, and...
    Chesster90 Chesster90 22-25, M 1 Response Aug 14

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    I'm going off to college in a few days and have low expectations for a social life. I will probably spend most of my free time in the library. I'm already involved in a few...
    BlotOutTheSun BlotOutTheSun 22-25, M 3 Responses Aug 13

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    I struggle with what to share... This can't be just me. I rarely share what I truly feel because it would be too complicated for people to understand and too deep and sad for them...
    Shamandora Shamandora 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 13

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    but I try my best to pretend that I don't. I am a very friendly person and I love being around my close friends, but the truth is that more than half the time I am absolutely...
    hexgrl2k hexgrl2k 26-30, F Aug 13

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    So many people cuss at their phones saying how it's a nuisance. I say, they are the ones who cannot bring themselves up to handle themselves well. Anyway, I feel that phones are...
    kasiyat kasiyat 26-30, F Aug 12

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    So a couple of days ago, my guy friends (I have two really good guy friends), tried to reach out to me and pull me out of the shell I was rotting in. Me being me, at first I tried...
    SkylerAsh SkylerAsh 18-21, M 5 Responses Aug 11

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    Hi. I have found the way to lesson anxiety- and the only way without taking pills (that don't work anyway.) You know that feeling, where you feel as if there is a huge black cloud...
    junipery junipery 13-15, F 5 Responses Aug 11

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    I'm outside, waiting for the appointment with a letting agency. Lately my anxiety has gotten so strong I stay inside my apartment the whole time. I can't go out. I can't socialise...
    aeinhardt aeinhardt 18-21, M 2 Responses Aug 11

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    I'm 15 and I get really nervous whenever someone rings the doorbell. A few years ago I used to run into the closet, but now I don't and can't because my parents would yell at me...
    AnAnonymousAnon AnAnonymousAnon 22-25, M 3 Responses Aug 11

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    I have basically over years of being socially anxious and unsure of myself have isolated myself from all my cousins and extended family. I'm Incredinly grateful for my strong...
    lynardskynard lynardskynard 26-30, M 1 Response Aug 10

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    So I have this extreme fear of people. The only one I can talk to is my mom and I'm 16. I know I need to conquer this fear because life is all about talking with people. I mean...
    seasondiesonebyone seasondiesonebyone 16-17, F 3 Responses Aug 9

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    It's not that I get freaked out around a group of people (though it certainly doesn't make me feel "happy") or even feel panic talking to strangers. I get it the worst around...
    yopu yopu 26-30 1 Response Aug 9

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    How do you know you're dealing with a Narcissist?
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Aug 8

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    I don't know if this counts as social anxiety , I am out spoken at school and at home but when I'm out in public I have my hands in my pockets because I get a feeling like people...
    snapesotherwoman snapesotherwoman 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 8

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    I have social anxiety so some friends would be pretty great!
    4alex442 4alex442 16-17, M 5 Responses Aug 8

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    Overcoming your fears is one of the best feelings in the world. As a person who's suffering from social anxiety, talking to strangers, going to a public place alone or going to a...
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses Aug 7