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I Have Social Anxiety

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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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    I haven't been to one of my college classes in

    over a month, luckily the teacher has a grading system to negate this. Going in there after so long terrifies me. I am scared that he will point out the fact that I have been gone so long and make me the center if attention. I really need to back to class because if I get...
    bigluke74 bigluke74 18-21, M 1 Response Apr 17

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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 4 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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    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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    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 4 days ago

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    I go to grocery stores with self check-outs,

    so I don't have to interact with the cashiers.
    chaekowski chaekowski 26-30, M 1 Response a week 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...
    vintagesoul87 vintagesoul87 26-30, F 8 Responses Mar 19

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    Just starting on a new building site & it's

    massive with lots going on, looks so daunting, feeling so anxious right now
    superfreak19891 superfreak19891 31-35, M Apr 17

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    I miss a lot of school

    because of my ANXITY but one thing that I have noticed that docent help is when my mom talks about how much school I'm missing and how much school work I'm behind on and how she wishes I would just gets to school. but I feel that if she were to spend more time congratulating me...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Apr 16

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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 1 day 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 8 Responses Nov 1, 2014

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    Is it normal to keep isolating yourself

    because you can't talk to people?
    NatashaRose NatashaRose 18-21, F 15 Responses Feb 1

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    I'm a bit unsure of this one.

    I know for a fact I have Generalized Anxiety Disorder as I was professionally diagnosed when I was 10. But over the past 4 years, things have been getting worse. I had my first panic attack in public back in October, I had to quit my job because of my anxiety as there were too...
    HazzaBoo HazzaBoo 16-17, F 3 Responses a week ago

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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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    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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    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 3 Responses 4 days ago

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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

    and being an introvert is tough. Is so hard to talk to people and when I do I can't carry a conversation. It's awkward going into social settings. I rarely don't but when I do I have to leave the room to collect myself
    hiddenjem hiddenjem 22-25, F 1 Response a week 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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    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 10 Responses Apr 16

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

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    i have my brother cut my hair,

    so that i don't have to go to the barbershop and talk to the hair-stylist.
    chaekowski chaekowski 26-30, M 1 Response Apr 17

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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 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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    chaekowski chaekowski 26-30, M 2 Responses 4 days ago

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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 4 days ago

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    What do you people do

    for fun? i.g(walk in the park...)
    Shelterzone Shelterzone 16-17, M 5 Responses Apr 18

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    Today my mum wanted me to go into the store on

    my own and buy some bread. But then I could convince her to come with me. I felt horrible when my mum told me to go in the store on my own! :/
    AmandizzLove06 AmandizzLove06 16-17, F 6 Responses Apr 17

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    I'm far too childlike

    for my age. I've been the innocent kid that adults liked, and it seems I'm still young today. Honestly? I hate it. Because I'm childlike I don't date. Not only am I childlike but I also suffer from severe social anxiety. So to women I'm always the quiet shy introvert who avoids...
    aeinhardt aeinhardt 18-21, M 3 Responses Apr 17

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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 6 days ago

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

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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 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 am 18 years old and I literally cannot do

    basic day to day things. Talking to strangers gives me panic attacks and I get so quiet and my heart feels like it's jumping out of my chest. I can't walk to a garbage can to throw something out until someone else does it because I am scared someone might say something to me. I...
    memberxxx memberxxx 18-21, F 5 Responses a week 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 22 Responses Nov 7, 2014

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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 22-25, F 13 Responses Jan 8

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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 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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    BenignSoul BenignSoul 22-25, M Apr 18

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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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    NatashaRose NatashaRose 18-21, F 4 Responses Jan 25

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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 5 days ago

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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'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 15 hrs ago

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