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I Have Social Anxiety

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    I am too shy to make the first move.

    How do I overcome that
    17girl 17girl 22-25, F 8 Responses 5 days ago

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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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    I hate it I don't ever see

    or talk to any of my friends anymore cause of it
    KaylaDem33 KaylaDem33 18-21, F Apr 20

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    I, myself have agoraphobia.

    It is panic inducing and lonely.
    Fated2BJaded Fated2BJaded 41-45, F 2 Responses 2 days 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'm currently a freshman in high school

    and I have selective mutism which nobody really understands. I got a book from the library for a project and the return date is today. I was too scared to bring it to the library because I have to give it to the assistant librarian and that gives me a lot of anxiety. I'm scared...
    lexi1027 lexi1027 13-15, F 4 Responses 18 hrs ago

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    My mom thinks that social skills>intelligence.

    She forced me to go to a social group with the guidance counselor. Worst part, I'm the only girl.
    reivven reivven 13-15, F 3 Responses Apr 20

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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 7 Responses Apr 12

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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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    While growing up I was bullied

    and I met a lot of people who said no one cares my family didn't really help me at all growing up so I don't mess with people I rather be by myself
    sixcolorz sixcolorz 22-25, F 2 Responses 1 day ago

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

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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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    I'm super into music.

    It's one of those things that are therapeutic for me. There's this one group that I really love and whom I religiously follow - tweets, instagram, interviews, even some of their other fans' social media. The thing is sometimes I get kinda sad seeing other fans converse with each...
    ManicPanicx ManicPanicx 22-25, F 1 Response Apr 26

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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 8 Responses Nov 1, 2014

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    I can't even walk up to someone

    and say hi. even if someone does come up to me I get red and all these thoughts race inside my head about how I should talk but I can't.... I'm okay with being alone. I have my online friends. but sometimes I wonder what it would be like to have friends in real life....
    tobethin666 tobethin666 18-21, F 10 Responses Dec 2, 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...
    Sparkles4Soul Sparkles4Soul 26-30, F 20 Responses Mar 21, 2014

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    I have extreme social anxiety due to peers

    bullying and abusing me. I was normal to begin with. So, it all started when I was about 5. I was living in gapview trailer park. And I became close friends with two boys who also lived there, Tyler and Steven. We did everything together. We went to school with each other...
    fallenangel0421 fallenangel0421 13-15, F 3 Responses 1 day ago

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    I've found my kin! I can relate to

    so many experiences you guys have posted here. :D
    RegressionToFetus RegressionToFetus 16-17, F Apr 26

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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 16-17, F 13 Responses Jan 30

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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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    so I feel.embarrassed I told me co workers on

    my first day that I was getting bad anxiety..but I couldn't help it this new gen of kids is so rude ...
    imissdnce imissdnce 31-35, F 4 Responses 2 days ago

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    I was actually able to come out of my shell

    and be myself during the three days I was in Philadelphia. The only other time this has really happened was on my senior retreat. There must be something about spending a few days living with people my age that somehow dissolves my anxiety. Anyway, I'm glad I went, it was truly...
    InvertedWorld InvertedWorld 18-21, M Apr 26

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    I get so much anxiety around new people

    and am so shy I never wanna venture out of my comfort zone out side of my bf. I love him and he is my best friend and I wouldnt trade the world for him.. but we work together live together and spend most our time together.Itell him everything and he is the only person who can...
    bigkidkelli bigkidkelli 22-25, F 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    After falling behind in classes due to outside

    problems, my social anxiety has come back and I'm afraid to face my teachers... I thought I was done with this... apparently not...
    Dakavu Dakavu 18-21, M 2 Responses Apr 22

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    If anyone needs an outlet to vent to,

    I admin both a GSA and AVPD group and part of an on call crisis support line. Its much safer to vent out the darkest thoughts to someone who is going through the same because we know the difference between venting and actual suicidal mindset. National numbers will dispatch pd...
    Socalsunset Socalsunset 22-25, F 5 Responses 5 days ago

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    Ahhh! everytime I try to talk to this girl in

    my class, i turn into a babbling idoit. After Im done talking she gives me an awkward look.smh...so stupid.lol
    spaciousmind spaciousmind 26-30, M 2 Responses Apr 22

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    Does anyone else get this.

    .. When I go out in public I get really anxious, can't go to a club by myself or shopping or to school or to a grocery store or gym without feeling like this. A lot of times the anxiety impairs me from acting rational and making rational decisions. I feel like people are watching...
    Experiencezzzz Experiencezzzz 18-21, M 3 Responses Apr 23

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    You wouldn't ever know

    if you met me. The most outgoing person and the life of every party. It's EXHAUSTING!
    simplysusan01 simplysusan01 41-45, F 3 Responses 1 day ago

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    Soo I'm coming to you all vulnerable

    as hell. All the gloves coming off now. I have to say one thing that triggers my social anxiety is the feeling of embarrassment and total utter failure in social situations. If i screw up in withdraw and stay away from that person.
    ElSabre101 ElSabre101 26-30, M 1 Response 16 hrs ago

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    ToriKilljoy ToriKilljoy 18-21, F 10 Responses Jan 20

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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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    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 11 Responses Dec 3, 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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    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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    wingedjaguar wingedjaguar 22-25, F 6 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 10 Responses Nov 30, 2014

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    I was so embarrassed yesterday at mcdonalds.

    I place my order and waited for my food. The woman got my order together and put my drink on the tray and called my number. I walked up and grabbed the tray and all of a sudden my drink slipped and spewed all over the counter. I was so embarrassed and apologetic the woman at the...
    tormentedinternally tormentedinternally 26-30, M 6 Responses Apr 22

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    Omg.....I hope we can do this presentation next

    week because if not I'm gonna die of anxiety and panic and I hate everything. I hope that i don't have to do it tomorrow. Without my partner I swear I'll **** up and then I'll go into a hole of self hate and I just hope I don't have to be alone....
    animerules44 animerules44 16-17 5 Responses Apr 22

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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...
    vintagesoul87 vintagesoul87 26-30, F 8 Responses Mar 19

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    chaekowski chaekowski 26-30, M 2 Responses Apr 22

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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 feel like I'm supposed to be more nervous

    about actually flying than about going through the process of boarding the plane...
    InvertedWorld InvertedWorld 18-21, M 1 Response Apr 22

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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 14 Responses Dec 12, 2014

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    invertedcocaine invertedcocaine 22-25, F 3 Responses Nov 1, 2014

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    I can't help but feel like I'm always going to

    mess things up If I act like myself. I have good friends that are always there trying to help me be confident but the small things that people do to interact on a day to day basis seem like impossible feats to me sometimes.
    MovieMan91 MovieMan91 22-25, M 2 Responses 1 day ago

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