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I Have Social Anxiety

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    roxxann101 roxxann101 16-17, F 1 Response Jul 27

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    Me: Why wasn't I invited!

    ? Friend:......um... You wouldn't have come to it anyways.. Me: well no, I wouldn't have. But still, that's no the point.
    Bflyboo14 Bflyboo14 13-15, F 4 Responses Jul 17

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    There's a quote that says "If they miss you,

    they'll call. If they want you, they'll say it. If they care, they'll show it. And if not, they aren't worth your time" I wonder what you guys think of that phrase... Personally I've met people I liked very much this year yet I never found the courage to reach out.. Fear of...
    nowherewego nowherewego 16-17, F 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    When you don't bring a book to read

    because people will ask you what the book's about and you can never answer them coherently. Just let me read my book in peace !
    Itfloo Itfloo 18-21, F 5 days ago

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    Faced my fears today

    and came to the gym all by myself. It was so scary but I'm proud of myself.
    J021408 J021408 26-30, F 12 Responses Jan 8

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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 8 Responses Nov 30, 2014

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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 4 Responses Jul 2

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    I just don't think I can get out of bed today.

    .. Too much anxiety and sadness... Sucks. I'm such a shell of my former self...
    endurocycle7 endurocycle7 31-35, F 2 Responses a week ago

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    On Wednesday I have to do one of the scariest

    things I think I'll ever have to do in my life. As a yearly tradition we do at band camp, each senior has to give a speech during campfire night about their past experiences and something to give the freshmen to think about as their first year. Problem is, I have to makeup the...
    Hipstercatlover Hipstercatlover 16-17, F 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    I am actually an extrovert

    and i have 0 friends due to my SA I can't talk properly with others. been like this since childhood... i could cope with it for few years... but recently it has gotten really worse. whenever im outside i will be always tensed and get stiff and get muscle aches and headaches all...
    crazytank crazytank 26-30, M 1 Response 4 days 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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    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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    A great TED talk video in conquering your fears

    so you can have the life you want by an astronaut who went blind in space: http://www.ted.com/talks/chris_hadfield_what_i_learned_from_going_blind_in_space?language=en
    LoveIsWithinYou LoveIsWithinYou 26-30, M 3 days ago

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    Why am I comfortable sitting in a coffee shop

    alone but have anxiety sitting in a restaurant alone???
    spence96 spence96 18-21, F 2 Responses 1 day ago

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    It's the worst. It's held me back from

    so much in my life. Presenting in front of everyone in your class, feeling like they're all judging you. Scared to jump in the conversation because you know you'll say something dumb or no ones gonna listen, and being labeled rude and weird because you haven't said anything but...
    Loveneeded Loveneeded 16-17, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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    Not sure how or what to say to doctor

    when I book an appointment to tell them about my social anxiety, really want help. No idea where to start I know I will get nervous and mess up
    Eeee15 Eeee15 18-21, F 3 Responses a week ago

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    I have full blown mental breakdowns

    when I'm around people who are drinking. I can't process any of it, I start to cry, and I start to panic. Tomorrow I am required to go to the Red Sox game with my coworkers and I know there will be a ton of drinking. I don't know how to handle it in the momoment no matter how...
    Lucyshrimp Lucyshrimp 22-25, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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    People don't believe me

    when I say have anxiety because I am really talkative
    kidkid240 kidkid240 16-17, T 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    NatashaRose NatashaRose 18-21, F 3 Responses Jan 25

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    i want help ..please help me out .

    .But please be honest ..
    Eshan29 Eshan29 22-25 1 Response 3 days 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 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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    I'm about to be a Freshman in college.

    I'm super excited, but very scared/nervous at the same time. I feel like everyone's out to get me for some reason, I've been doing a little better since I've been seeing my counselor/therapist, but I still find it so hard to make friends. I'm a very happy, funny, generous...
    stephgoodenow stephgoodenow 18-21, F 1 Response 3 hrs ago

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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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    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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    Finally I am moving to medication .

    . I know psychiatrist will prescribe me clonazepam with a beta blocker .. i know it would cause dependency ... thats why i was avoiding that .. but it seems to be solution now .. lets see how it goes ...
    nousername29 nousername29 18-21, M 1 day ago

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    no matter what I do, I feel like I am being

    judged. especially at school, I am almost afraid to talk to people who aren't a close friend. I have been bullied all my life and I just can't help it. I always feel like I will say something stupid and be embarrassed.
    Andyg99 Andyg99 22-25, M 5 Responses 6 days ago

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    Its so frustrating. Especially

    when everyone just thinks I'm overreacting when in reality its the most frightening thing to me. A lot of my friends have jobs. I really want to get one but I'm terrified of having to go through a job interview. Then if I actually got the job I'd most likely have to do a job...
    Jessica4729 Jessica4729 16-17, F 2 Responses Jan 7

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    Erie23 Erie23 16-17, F 2 Responses 5 days ago

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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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    Any one else feel this weird sometimes ?

    I love love love my close friends . They are like my sisters . I love hanging out with them . But I hate being in large crowds . I was at the dog beach in Chicago on the Fourth of July , came home exhausted and crying !
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses a week ago

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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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    Today I'm going to tell my mother

    that I have Tinea Versicolor. It's a fact that sleep deprivation produces a drunk effect on the brain, so tonight I'm not going to sleep. I need to not care about what I'm saying or how I'm saying it. I've never asked my mother for help before because of my social anxiety. I...
    Mewl Mewl 18-21, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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    I heard it! I heard the word freak.

    I heard her say it to me. I heard it. The anxious pounding in my chest is exploding. They found me out I am a crazy person pretending to be normal. They see it. They see my anxiousness.
    honestlyanonymouslyme honestlyanonymouslyme 22-25, F 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    It ruins so much for me I have to leave parties

    and fun things - it makes me look crazy
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response 8 hrs ago

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    I literally have to mentally prepare myself to

    be around people. And then I can only do it for short periods of time. I used to be a social butterfly and the life of the party...
    deleted deleted 26-30 7 Responses Mar 19

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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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    Ah, hell. It would appear I'm on an upswing.

    This is when I get people's hopes up only to let them plummet, parachute-free. Are they justified? My attempts at being social? Or is it thoughtless... inconsiderate... Honestly, I've no idea how much I do or do not affect people... but that doesn't stop me from feeling...
    ambivalentFriability ambivalentFriability 18-21 2 Responses 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 13 Responses Nov 10, 2014

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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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    Bflyboo14 Bflyboo14 13-15, F 7 Responses Jul 27

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    I can't approach people in groups

    because it scares me too much. I never know what to say to people. On EP even, i'd like to apologise to everyone who's felt ignored by me, I don't know why or what's caused this but i've had anxiety about going on here even. I wish i were someone else. Gosh i'm a mess.
    CaitlinBuchan97 CaitlinBuchan97 18-21, F 13 Responses Jan 30

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    I hate people. its better to be alone.

    chat online. people expect to much from you. I like it this way. I'm grateful for my social anxiety. people should stop messaging me saying they'll help. I do not need help. why so I can be like everyone else? I'm going to become a animator for cartoons once I graduate college...
    tobethin666 tobethin666 18-21, F 10 Responses Dec 3, 2014

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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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    It's so bad sometimes it gets to the point

    where I can't leave my house and I think that I'm stupid and an idiot /).(
    jessythekittenx jessythekittenx 18-21, F 3 Responses 6 days ago

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    i am just extra careful

    when i'm out ..its like i'm somebody else who wanna looks cool behave cool ..don't wanna look stupid ..While communicating i wanna make sure that i say right words , don't bore others ..I 'm afraid of embarrassment a lot ..Don't argue cause of it ..wanna inspire others..have bi