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I Have Social Anxiety

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    ThatGuyEveryoneHates ThatGuyEveryoneHates 18-21, M 6 Responses Dec 8, 2014

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    I often feel like apologizing to people

    for just existing in "their" space (in the bus, in college, etc.).
    omnomn omnomn 18-21, F 5 Responses 2 days ago

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    NatashaRose NatashaRose 18-21, F 4 Responses Jan 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 alone. Staying inside all day. Hating when the teacher asks you a question in class. Eye contact. Eating in front of people...
    JustSomeTeenagerr JustSomeTeenagerr 13-15, F 7 Responses Oct 26, 2014

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    Do not talk to me or try to "help me"

    unless you actually have this anxity. I am so sick of hearing people say .. Just get out or do this or that like its a simple fix or they just dont see why its so hard to talk to people just force yourself or get out in the workd blah blah .. Like i dont think about that...
    deleted deleted 26-30 20 Responses Mar 21, 2014

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    People Are Unforgiving And Critical By Nature

    I have it too. I'm extremely shy around people I don't know very well. I'll get these... voices I guess you can call them... these thoughts that sound like the people I'm around and they all say bad things about me... "Oh look at her, what a freak" just critiquing me on...
    cinymin cinymin 18-21, F 20 Responses Oct 25, 2006

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    Ugh, Isolation Hate Socializing

    I tend to isolate. I stay inside. I avoid people in 3D. Feel no one wants me. I am sooo akward. Why would someone want to socialize with me? No one does. Have family who comes when they need something and thats it. Have online friends but that feels safer they don't really know...
    Rachel4now Rachel4now 31-35, F 36 Responses Feb 17, 2008

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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 always made me feel anxious as if people were always staring at me and judging me when they weren't. after all these horrible experiences i...
    jessy55 jessy55 18-21, F 2 Responses Jun 26

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    What people who don't have SA fail to

    understand is that anxiety is physical. "Your chest tightens, your head feels cloudy & you are acutely aware of the effort behind every breath." I'm always being told, "It's all in your head," like yea thank you, it's a mental illness... I can't go anywhere by myself, I can...
    BasAllah BasAllah 13-15, F 5 Responses Apr 30

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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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    At parties I'm the one playing with the dog

    trying to avoid actual human contact.
    Theparadoxoutlook Theparadoxoutlook 18-21, F 5 Responses 2 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, or even with my family, I'm like a lost puppy.
    Bflyboo14 Bflyboo14 13-15, F 3 Responses 1 day 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 be really happy to have a friend or girlfriend that have social anxiety, a thing that seem impossible to find in the place where i live...
    r3dax1s r3dax1s 26-30, M 2 Responses 17 hrs ago

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    This picture explains everything too perfect.

    When I go to mcdonalds and it's busy, I don't eat, because I can't talk, and when my friends decide they want subway, I'm suddenly not hungry. Constantly being scared of everyone thinking they will laugh at me.
    Bflyboo14 Bflyboo14 13-15, F 2 Responses Dec 2, 2014

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    halohai halohai 18-21, F 1 Response 4 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. πŸ˜«πŸ˜«πŸ˜«πŸ˜”πŸ˜”πŸ˜’πŸ˜’πŸ˜’πŸ˜’
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses 1 day ago

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    I have a very hard time meeting people.

    In person or on a computer. Replying or even starting a topic. Even posting on something like this makes me feel like jumping from my skin, but I want to be able to try talking about it.
    Heliwags Heliwags 26-30, M 9 Responses Nov 30, 2014

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    I can't go out most days.

    If there's too many people, I stop breathing . Too many people staring at me and looking disgusted. I cant stand in a line, the people behind me can see how terrified I am. I get overwhelmed and literally have to run away, I bail out, just running to the exit door. I don't want...
    altochick0290 altochick0290 22-25, F 4 Responses 2 days ago

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    deleted deleted 26-30 23 hrs ago

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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 I'm being analyzed by everyone around me and like I'm being ridiculed. I get so anxious that sometimes I have to tell myself in my mind how to...
    PlanetGaia PlanetGaia 18-21, F a week ago

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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 believe I have this 'issue' to tackle now!! But I will definitely get to the bottom of this; find out why I have this and...
    LaraLuulu LaraLuulu 26-30, F 12 Responses Nov 10, 2014

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    I was not a normal teenager.

    I was terrified when I was forced to go to public places alone. Anytime I was told to go grocery shopping or buy lunch for myself, I got this feeling of overwhelming anxiety. These everyday things were probably stupid to be afraid of from a normal persons perspective. I did not...
    ComplicatedGirl18 ComplicatedGirl18 18-21, F 6 Responses Jan 18

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    I don't understand why people with social

    anxiety have to present stuff in class
    s31fharm3r s31fharm3r 13-15, F 11 Responses Nov 11, 2014

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    KaylaCherie KaylaCherie 13-15, F 3 hrs ago

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    I was cheerleader in high school.

    I loved the sport but hated most of the girls on the team because they were fake and typical "popular" wanna bees. People think that because I was a cheerleader I should be out going and extroverted but I get nervous in crowds and meeting new people and most the time they don't...
    KellerKing13 KellerKing13 18-21, F 11 hrs ago

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    Honestly, IT SUCKS! Sometimes it makes you feel

    like no one it here to make you feel protected or okay.
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 day ago

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    I freak out whenever anyone

    even looks at me in public.. :/
    montanagonewrongx3 montanagonewrongx3 18-21, F 9 Responses Nov 21, 2014

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    ToriKilljoy ToriKilljoy 18-21, F 10 Responses Jan 20

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    Today in English i had to read my essay.

    .. So person with social anxiety's WORST NIGHTMARE. I was so nervous, i couldn't sleep. While i was reading, my face got all red and i started to stutter. After i read, i went into the bathroom a shaky and crying mess. Something that people find so simple, is actually the hardest...
    JustineMusey JustineMusey 13-15, F 9 Responses Apr 16

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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 case,that’s from abuse by my parents.having anxiety feelings all the time make me frustrating and exausting...hope everyone will be...
    juryandrews juryandrews 31-35, F 7 Responses Nov 20, 2014

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    Crying because you can't breathe in public

    settings because you're anxious.
    KaylaCherie KaylaCherie 13-15, F 6 hrs ago

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    Awkward silences. Struggling to continue a

    conversation. Afraid of participating in class. Hoping silently that my name won't get called up. Can't express myself well. A boring person to many. Respond to what someone is talking about by smiling because I don't know what to say. Feel happy when a plan is cancelled...
    ladybug96 ladybug96 18-21, F 21 Responses Nov 7, 2014

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    KaylaCherie KaylaCherie 13-15, F 6 hrs ago

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    I'm so envious of extroverts.

    They can just walk up and talk to people without an issue. It just reminds me of the times when I've had to force myself to socialise for certain reasons. I feel like I'm missing out on having fun and living life to the fullest. They can go to parties, casually bring up...
    NatashaRose NatashaRose 18-21, F 6 Responses Feb 25

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    I hate feeling lonely

    and being too scared to reach out to others
    tsubakiblossom tsubakiblossom 22-25, F 1 Response 5 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 23 hrs 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 houses. I want this fear to go away, but it won't.
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses 3 days ago

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    I just want to say that social anxiety is NOT

    "omg I like totally hate people I just want to sleep and eat and watch Netflix all the time!!!" Social anxiety is wanting so desperately to go out and socialize, but being absolutely terrified due to the sheer panic that takes over your mind everytime you attempt to do so. It...
    originalitydied originalitydied 13-15, F 9 Responses Dec 28, 2014

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    TheGirlYouNeverKnew TheGirlYouNeverKnew 18-21, F 4 Responses a week ago

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    I seriously can't go anywhere.

    .. I freak out, I hate people, I break down, I can't handle it
    Bflyboo14 Bflyboo14 13-15, F 7 Responses Nov 1, 2014

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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 to also exhibit social anxiety. It's complex. Some peeps are hyper in tune with the anticipated and/or expected intentions of those around...
    PinBallToo PinBallToo 36-40, M 4 Responses 9 hrs ago

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    High school has been absolute HELL with my

    social anxiety, and with how badly people treat me. I have 5 more months until I graduate and I don't know how i'm going to cope, cause I honestly can't deal with it anymore. My goal is to survive until graduation. I don't know if i'll make it.
    heyidontknow heyidontknow 18-21, M 15 Responses Jan 26

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    I always get really nervous

    whenever I call to order food or for something business related. I also tend to recite exactly what I'm going to say before the call.
    rumblingheart rumblingheart 18-21, F 9 Responses Jan 14

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    Sometimes I avoid anyone

    and everyone because I can't stand the thought of them judging me
    hbjjg hbjjg 26-30, F 13 Responses Dec 12, 2014

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    I can't talk to people I don't know,

    I choke up and I start to fell sick. When I'm in crouds I always throw up.
    Sevrin77 Sevrin77 13-15, M 1 Response 4 days ago

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    I hate it going to school

    and sitting in a class full of people i don't know and don't talk to , especially when we have to get in groups and I don't know who to go with .
    crystalisonfire crystalisonfire 16-17, F 6 Responses Apr 12

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    Not being able to breathe well

    when around people ..
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