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I Have Social Anxiety

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    No one talks to me and I can't talk to them.

    I spend an entire summer once, speaking to no one but online friends. Why don't people like me? What's wrong with me?
    oksarah oksarah 16-17, F 6 Responses 2 days ago

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    I hate going out and talking with people,

    why the heck my family can't understand this thing?
    mahdiraza mahdiraza 16-17, M 1 Response 3 days ago

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    I have crippling social anxiety.

    I have the worst times during the day because I am afraid to ask for help at work even when I really need it. Or even at stores. Even when a group of people are walking past me my heart beats really fast and I feel super nervous. Has anyone else experienced this?
    nwrner nwrner 16-17, M 4 Responses 19 hrs ago

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    I hate how close minded my parents are.

    They fail to believe anything is wrong with me and everyone else with problems and they blame it on me being "lazy" which only seems like that because I have really bad social anxiety and I literally can't talk to anyone in school without wanting to cry because one little tiny...
    katherinejaneee katherinejaneee 16-17, F 12 Responses Dec 19, 2013

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    To those that have social anxiety,

    I want to remind you that you are not your anxiety. Do not let it define you. I know behind those irrational fears and involuntary impulses is a sane person waiting to be set free. I know it is like being stuck in a prison of the mind. You are not alone!
    athion64 athion64 18-21, M 4 Responses Apr 7

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    I Wonder What Would Happen If

    everyone who was having anxiety wore a shirt saying "I Have Anxiety". I think we would all be amazed. I think we would all stop and hug each other. I think we would see that we are not alone, and that the people we *think* are judging us are actually too busy dealing with their...
    BebeKitten BebeKitten 26-30, F 4 Responses Aug 29, 2013

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    I hate when I have to act normal cause I'm

    so unusually awkward around most other people, I also have no clue what to say in conversations.
    helloimmissworld helloimmissworld 16-17, F 1 Response 23 hrs ago

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    i have some major issues with this.

    just the other day i had a job interview. meditating and rehearsing did not do me any favours. my mind always seems to trigger this reaction whenever im in a social situation. my neck and jaw go extremely rigid to the point it shakes uncontrollably. the part i hate most is that...
    theAnonMouse theAnonMouse 22-25, M 1 Response 5 days ago

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    I hate walking around

    and having everyone glance at my arms. I know they are curious but it just makes me want to cut.
    catnipplesdoe catnipplesdoe 16-17, F 5 Responses 5 hrs ago

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    I'm someone who's always afraid of starting a

    conversation with people, especially strangers..... If i get to know someone and i can really be myself, only then will i open up and the real me comes out. But times i keep to myself. I can get a feeling of a panic attack sometimes in large crowds, but i can contain it. It...
    Crazycoral84 Crazycoral84 26-30, M 1 Response a week ago

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    I'm meeting my boyfriends parents tonight.

    .. I'm so scared, I hope they like me because I'm completely in love with my bf. were just stopping by for 20 mins or so.. If his mom pulls me aside for anything should I tell her that I'm in love with her son? Is that a normal thing to say?
    Rosaalie Rosaalie 18-21, F 3 Responses 3 days ago

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    I AM SO OVER THIS ****.

    I'm sick of feeling the need to explain myself and always watching what I say and how I say it, I'm tired of feeling uncomfortable walking around people ESPECIALLY FAMILY. That should not even be an option. I'm just ******* tired.
    freeebird freeebird 18-21, F 4 Responses Feb 18

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    Pretty Much Ruined Me In High School And College...

    I'm 22 now and I've had s.a.(social anxiety) since I was a freshmen in highschool...uhm, I noticed that I didn't like being in public much because I felt like people were looking at me and judging me. I left my friends and I started hanging out more at the library now, every day...
    PunizhedZoul PunizhedZoul 22-25, F 7 Responses Oct 12, 2011

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    I used to be really social in school and over

    the years I have changed dramatically. I wish I could make friends but I don't go out often because I am afraid to even talk to others. My family tell me constantly to go out and meet people but I feel like I am getting judge constantly. I panic at times when I am in public...
    Cristal0330 Cristal0330 22-25, F 9 Responses Jan 18

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    Why Me?...

    When i was young i was a happy child who talked a lot and was sociable, But that all changed when i started my first year of primary school. I was bullied constantly and abused both mentally and physically, The bullies turned everyone in the school against me, it was basicly a...
    Unreality Unreality 18-21, M 45 Responses Mar 30, 2009

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    So I just came back from the store,

    and while I was waiting in line I felt like everyone there was judging me....I felt like they all hate me...I couldn't even talk properly with the cashier because of my anxiety.....I could feel everyone thinking how big of a loser I am...
    Mysoulishurt Mysoulishurt 16-17, F 4 Responses Jun 9

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    It's bad, it's horrible

    and it's not fun at all
    sarah556 sarah556 16-17, F 3 Responses 4 hrs ago

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    My social anxiety is

    so severe that I basically have no friends except a couple people online, I rarely leave the house, and I have no job and no life. I can't function in the world and it's driving me insane. I just want a life! I want friends and I want someone who loves me. :'(
    rdawes rdawes 26-30, F 5 Responses 5 days ago

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    I Can'T Take It Anymore

    I have social anxiety SO bad to the point where I feel like I'm not standing or sitting right, and if I don't say certain things at certain times with a certain tone I will make other people feel awkward. I would LOVE somebody to talk to that won't get uncomfortable or bored that...
    freeebird freeebird 18-21, F 5 Responses Oct 15, 2013

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    I began the first day of school,

    woke up more excited then ever. I picked out the clothes I'd wear the night before, I could barely sleep, constantly visualizing my friends and what I'd say. I had too much on my mind. I was always full of life, I used to be funny and could actually hold a conversation...
    looking4chances looking4chances 18-21, M 2 Responses 3 days 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...
    Sparkles4Soul Sparkles4Soul 26-30, F 20 Responses Mar 21

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    Gettin' Better... Much Better

    I've had my own struggles with social anxiety for most of my life.  I always knew that there were some people out there who genuinely liked me and were attracted to me, but I never knew why.  Also I thought that I had something to prove to almost...
    heyMayne heyMayne 18-21, M 28 Responses Sep 3, 2009

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    It affects me in so many ways.

    Largely, I feel like I don't measure up and I don't have the career I've trained for because I don't have the skills to interact well with co-workers or (especially) with strangers at an interview. I even have trouble at church. Sometimes I get a thought and then start to...
    ZigNamaste ZigNamaste 41-45, M 1 Response 6 days ago

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    Some Advice

    Everyone wants to be liked regardless of who is in the room, but most people have the sense to hide that info. As a child I was extremely vulnerable and sensitive, and to make things worse I would hand over my peers the tools to torment me. In my efforts to win a crowd I would...
    Konrad Konrad 22-25, M 4 Responses Feb 23, 2010

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    I really just want people to stop pointing out

    my lack of social skills or my being too uptight/serious. I just want to live my life. I do what I love and I'm good at it. I don't make thungs unnecessarily hard on you so don't make things harder on me than they need to be either.
    firemedic12 firemedic12 26-30, M 2 Responses Mar 28

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    I get really angry at people

    who think it's a fashion statement to state they have a mental disorder i.e social anxiety, depression, self harm and suicidal tendencies (all of which I have suffered with) because I believe it's disrespectful on the people who have been diagnosed by a doctor.
    emilythespacecat emilythespacecat 13-15, F 2 Responses Jul 28

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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 19-21, F 19 Responses Oct 25, 2006

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    This is my situation I didn't no

    which subject to put it in but here it is: Recently I fell for a girl. We shared an art class together. On one of the last days of school I caught her making eye contact with me from afar. The next day she went behind me with her friend and is just stood there frozen like an...
    successfulfailedfailure successfulfailedfailure 13-15, M 1 Response 8 hrs ago

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    There Is Hope!

    I'm overcoming my anxiety, and it's surprising. It's been happening in small steps that lead to big change... For example, I now can go to the grocery store on a busy Sunday afternoon without much trouble. This is huge for me!! How did I do it? Each week I decided to go...
    atruelily atruelily 22-25, F 14 Responses Sep 7, 2009

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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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    Having social anxiety is probably the worst

    anxiety you could ever have. It's suffocating, embarrassing and just turns you into a social outcast. I have trouble talking to family members. Put me in a room full of strangers and ill want nothing more than to crawl into a little ball. The only way I can be social is if I'm...
    Santos21 Santos21 18-21, F 2 Responses Jan 9

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    So i have a new job where i must greet

    and talk to customers! this is too overwhelming for me, i am very shy, and it's not that i am always shy, i mean i can talk and talk for hours with people i know very well, but with random people and with people i barely even know i can't do it, i'm too shy! I stay in awkward...
    TheTurtleDove TheTurtleDove 22-25, F 4 Responses Oct 9

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    My Heart Races

    And I can't breath. I can't think straight since I wander how much if an *** I'm making of myself. I can't control my emotions. I try to think of something clever to say but only gibberish comes out. I can hear the person I am talking to laughing inside. I shut down and hide
    SlickFX SlickFX 31-35, M 8 Responses Jan 19, 2013

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    Well, technically no,

    but when it comes to girls, I don't feel so comfortable. I've been through so many rejections that it's been difficult to see girls without saying "oh she's out of my league" or "she won't last five weeks being my friend". I don't even look at people when I'm outside! It's such...
    pjxd50 pjxd50 16-17, M 1 Response 23 hrs ago

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    I am at a lost for words at the moment.

    For now I will Just say thank you for this place and the opportunity to speak freely without fear of extreme judgement. It is easier to admit social anxiety here. Then to say to someone in person, Sorry I can not accompany you to the party because the anxiety of being around...
    DuckyGirlHawaii DuckyGirlHawaii 18-21, F 7 Responses Mar 26

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    Suffering from social anxiety is - in my

    experience - one of the hardest things to endure on a daily basis. Despite the misconception of what some people believe, it goes a lot further than just 'being shy'. This year I made incredible progress with my anxiety. I forced myself to attend a College in a different city...
    Liamm194 Liamm194 18-21, M 2 Responses Feb 18

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    Complete the sentence.

    .. My social anxiety means...
    MMckay15 MMckay15 22-25, F 8 Responses Oct 12

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    anyone in california want to runaway?

    email me at musicgamer15@gmail.com
    Musicgamer14 Musicgamer14 13-15, M 1 Response Oct 8

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    I have suddenly realized how much this has

    and will set me back. I get beyond terrified to go into new social situations. So now my friends have started leaving me behind. And that is a feeling that is so low.
    marchz13 marchz13 16-17, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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    I feel it after I socialize.

    I relive the nonsense I've said. Ah I'm stupid Grunts
    NotApplicable NotApplicable 22-25, F a week ago

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    I have lived with SA

    for over 20 years. Never been to the doctor over it. Finally made appointment for Feb. 18th. Very nervous about going but I know if I want to have a normal life I can't cancel. What will the doctor do??
    AmyG40 AmyG40 41-45, F 21 Responses Feb 16

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    I recalled my classmate in high school before.

    She teased me indirectly 'cause I seem weird, sad, and wimpy. She was irritated at me at times. Many people thought I'm like this 'cause of the domestic problems that I encountered. I wish it was only that easy if it's really all about domestic problems. Nonetheless, to whomever...
    deleted deleted 26-30 5 Responses Dec 28, 2013

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    I really do, it's pretty bad.

    When I was younger I use to call my mum to come pick me up from school it got so bad. Just a week or so ago I had to present my history project in front of my class and I was stuttering and making a fool out of myself, then I couldn't breathe and my chest just hurt. People...
    wedgieshurtalot wedgieshurtalot 16-17, F 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    Do you take medication

    for your Social Anxiety/Phobia? If so what do you take and how does it affect you? Do you like/hate it?
    MMckay15 MMckay15 22-25, F 4 Responses Oct 8

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    Should I go out and have fun tonight?

    My bf is at a lake with his friends getting drunk and having a good time. I don't wanna sit around like a loser lol. But social situations stress me out, and clubs and bars stress me out cuz I can't dance. But on the other hand I'll be drunk so it wouldn't be that bad... I need...
    Rosaalie Rosaalie 18-21, F 15 Responses Aug 2

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    I'm a 20 year old woman,

    I should NOT be home right now. This is just yet another weekend where I stay in all day and night. This is ridiculous. I ******* hate it.
    freeebird freeebird 18-21, F 6 Responses May 23

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    I'm 21 now and just starting to get

    that I'm probably bipolar and didn't get xanax for my anxiety until 18. I feel like I missed out on all the parties in Highschool and the cool **** because I was to scared to go out and do it and hid in my room instead. Now I'm engaged and have a house mortgage and never got to...
    Woods93 Woods93 18-21, M 1 Response 2 days ago

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    It's hard to be myself around my friends

    and family, I'm so quiet and shy. But now I can be who I am :)
    KenzieKenzBoo KenzieKenzBoo 13-15, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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    It's something other people don't get

    if they hadn't felt it, extreme fear and even to the point of feeling sick. I always cried when I thought about how I could barely talk, But I'm not broken.. I also hate that it keeps me from good things. Isolated. ***
    helloimmissworld helloimmissworld 16-17, F 3 Responses 4 hrs ago

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    i Hate that the little things in life holds me

    back from possibly having friends. I have no friends nor job anymore and im stuck. i wish there was someone in my city that i can befriend that truly get that im not shy i just over think.
    Tristechica22 Tristechica22 18-21, F 3 days ago

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    I have social anxiety really bad,

    and I hate it. It's ruined so many experiences for me and talking to adults, or even people younger than me, just makes me sick to my stomach. I try, but I'll just manage to get out a short sentence then smile. I don't want adults to hate me and I guess that's a big factor on...
    jxssicaa jxssicaa 18-21, F 12 Responses Aug 12

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    Overall, my anxiety has pretty much subsided

    since being on Zoloft but for the deeper parts of my anxiety spectrum, the harder parts, the anxiety powers through and the rapid heartbeat begins again. Right now my biggest issue is the damn phone. I'm currently in the search to buy a used car since I really need my own...
    EngulfingBreeze EngulfingBreeze 22-25, F 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    I feel like it's keeping me from doing lots of

    exciting stuff & essential ones for me too. I feel crap. I've avoided going to parties I was invited to just because I was toooooooooooooo nervous about having to meet & talk to people there. Also, I can't just randomly walk the other direction in the middle of a conversation...
    whatelephantswhistle whatelephantswhistle 22-25, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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