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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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    So on Sunday I had to attened a family meal for my Gran's birthday. There were 15 of us in a resturant I'd never been too and since my anxiety started I was unable to eat in public...
    Lau3690 Lau3690 13-15, F 1 Response 3 hrs ago

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    the worst part is that no one ever tells you the real reason you broke up. yeah, they give you a reason, but 90% of the time it's a lie to not hurt you anymore. you're already hurt...
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    I had to go to Walmart to return an item.. Oh my ******* god I felt so damn awkward. I didn't even have to interact with anyone yet I felt on edge nonstop.. I hate that I feel...
    akaShaun akaShaun 16-17, M 5 Responses 4 hrs ago

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    I can't even answer the door when we order food that's how bad my social anxiety is
    happytragedy happytragedy 16-17, M 8 hrs ago

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    An acquaintance of mine is coming over for a sleepover tonight. I know I'm not supposed to be nervous, but I am. Although, I am excited that someone is coming over, cause' I...
    onebeatleft onebeatleft 18-21, F 1 Response 21 hrs ago

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    Whenever I'm invited to an event I always make an excuse not to attend. I always fear that I won't fit in with anyone so I stay to myself. Sometimes I cry about it. I want to...
    ASHLI22 ASHLI22 22-25, F 1 Response 21 hrs ago

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    Made plans to meet up with a friend. Walked half an hour in the rain to the corner where we usually meet. She wasn't there, and my phone was dead. Instead of walking the rest of...
    PurpleUmbrellas PurpleUmbrellas 18-21, F 22 hrs ago

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    certain people I find hard to talk to not that I don't want to it's nothing to do with how they are it's my issue I just find meeting new friends a bit nervous but want to get over...
    susananngoga32 susananngoga32 31-35, F 1 day ago

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    Sorry so long but I need opinions here!! My ex gave me The worst possible break up when he left me. He left right after the death of my mother when I needed him most which to make...
    blondshel blondshel 36-40, F 5 Responses 1 day ago

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    I'm not anti-social. I'm just not social. -Woody Allen
    KaylaCherie KaylaCherie 13-15, F 2 days ago

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    When you're the only person in your family with social anxiety .. So everyone thinks you're faking it .. But you're not.
    KaylaCherie KaylaCherie 13-15, F 3 Responses 2 days ago

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    There is new research about the causes of social anxiety and it might not be what you think. Apparently everyone has a ranking on the empathy scale. Those who have max empathy tend...
    PinBallToo PinBallToo 36-40, M 4 Responses 2 days ago

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    anyone else feel like he will be more comfortable with other people that suffer too from social anxiety? i think that only who suffers too from it could really understand you. id...
    r3dax1s r3dax1s 26-30, M 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    This was probably the worst day ever, I went to dinner with my mom and sister, I was pretty calm actually.. I got the menu and repeated what I wanted in my mind, At the moment the...
    uhdextry uhdextry 13-15, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    Being called shy because you're quiet in social situations .. I'M NOT SHY, I JUST DONT WANT TO SAY ANYTHING STUPID AND EMBARRASS MYSELF IN FRONT OF EVERYBODY!!
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    When you're the only person in your family with social anxiety .. So then everyone thinks you're faking it .. But you're not. 😫😫😫😔😔😒😒😢😢
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses 3 days ago

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    It's weird, because if hang out with my friends, I'm literally the most outgoing person, I will talk to complete strangers, I'll do the weirdest **** in public. But if I'm alone...
    Bflyboo14 Bflyboo14 13-15, F 3 Responses 3 days ago

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    This is nerve wrecking. Umm, I'm new, first time here so.. here goes... I'm sitting in a class, not really a class but idk how else to describe it, I've been here all week with...
    AnxiousMommy4 AnxiousMommy4 31-35, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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    At parties I'm the one playing with the dog trying to avoid actual human contact.
    Theparadoxoutlook Theparadoxoutlook 18-21, F 5 Responses 4 days ago

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    I can't leave my comfort zone or I freak out. I've made myself this way. I don't like leaving my house, I never go out with friends. I make excuses up instead of going over their...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses 5 days ago

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    Everything is fine around close friends and family members. I find myself to be fairly interesting, then when I'm out in public I try to say as little as possible. I get so nervous...
    censmith55 censmith55 22-25, M 1 Response Jun 28

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    No one that doesn't have social anxiety can really understand the effort it takes to get up and go somewhere you know has people everywhere... My social anxiety makes me feel like...
    PlanetGaia PlanetGaia 18-21, F Jun 27

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    I have social anxiety and adhd combined im a ball of confusion and never endins thought im good at everything and nothing at the same time its frustating
    imperfectSassMaster imperfectSassMaster 18-21, F 1 Response Jun 26

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    i have been through a lot in my life. after my parents divorce and harsh seperation i lived with my dad who was a bit aggressive. he never let me talk to guys or even say hi. he...
    jessy55 jessy55 18-21, F 2 Responses Jun 26

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    all of my attempts to become a socially functional person have made me miserable. they haven't been extraordinary attempts. but, they are contrary to my character and have made me...
    chaekowski chaekowski 26-30, M Jun 25

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    It's not easy. It really isn't. From my POV, social anxiety is an incurable disease that not even therapy can remedy, regardless of how hard you try to conquer it.
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses Jun 24

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    I hate talking to people. I can stand in front of a group and give a speech no problem because they are there to hear me. But I can not go up to someone and talk without going into...
    Matthew6288 Matthew6288 36-40, M 1 Response Jun 24

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    I saw a guy walking his dog when i was walking my dog, so of course i turn around and go home. It surprised me cause i felt confident in how I looked today, but maybe that has...
    SaintInHell SaintInHell 18-21, F 3 Responses Jun 24

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    Over the past year being a freshman in college I feel like I have found my group of lifelong friends. Hopefully its not just me but I feel like I've never been so close to a group...
    Lytt14 Lytt14 18-21 Jun 24

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    Dear anxiety, thanks for ruining my life, thanks to you I can't live my life comfortably like everyone else can, I always have to give everything more than a second thought I'm...
    slipknotisamazing slipknotisamazing 18-21, F 6 Responses Jun 23

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    It's really hard for me to socialize with people in my personal life. It's weird because I'm a sales person & at work I have no problem talking or dealing with people but when I'm...
    DeskDorkly DeskDorkly 18-21, F 1 Response Jun 23

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    I want to be a writer. I've written a novel but I don't know what to do with it because the publishing industry scares/depresses me and every time anyone criticizes me, I descend...
    Emeryael Emeryael 26-30, F 1 Response Jun 23

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    Does anyone in this group also date someone with social anxiety? What's the relationship like?
    akaShaun akaShaun 16-17, M 4 Responses Jun 23

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    I had been doing very well recovering from one of the lowest points in my anxiety roller coaster, but then I left for college and my whole world fell apart. I found myself having...
    AddieJazz AddieJazz 18-21, F Jun 23

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    Inside this shell is a cloistered soul, greatly intimidated by the outside world. Such a vast distance created by doing so little in such a small space. They drift into dream-like...
    yopu yopu 26-30 2 Responses Jun 22

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    "Drowning" A plush blanket of comfort and destruction bound tightly around my frail body. My breathing is constantly labored and my toes curled under bracing for the next mental...
    writingmyrelease writingmyrelease 26-30, F 3 Responses Jun 21

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    School is over which means sitting with people at lunch while blasting music in my ears and pretending I'm part of the group and conversations are over. I think people were mostly...
    ErenBombastic ErenBombastic 13-15, M 1 Response Jun 21

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    I thought online would be a good place to start getting used to talking to people (since I can't face to face) but I'm having just as much anxiety sending messages as I would...
    momenti momenti 18-21, F 2 Responses Jun 20

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    Went to donate blood today. I stopped making appointments, because I'll get anxious about it the days before. I felt my stomach go empty and my heart start racing when I was...
    chaekowski chaekowski 26-30, M Jun 20

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