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I Have Social Anxiety

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    I've always had this when I was little. I've had low self esteem since I was a child. It didn't help that my sister was emotionally abusive and my parents were generally dismissive...
    preeez preeez 18-21 3 Responses 5 days ago

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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...
    firemedic12 firemedic12 26-30, M 3 Responses Mar 28

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    Just got a prescription for diazepam a few days ago, took it, on it. Feeling dull in the extremities, fingers almost numb, some kind of elegance in the lack of feeling. The back of...
    SisterCyanide SisterCyanide 26-30, T 1 Response Mar 31

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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...
    DuckyGirlHawaii DuckyGirlHawaii 18-21, F 7 Responses Mar 26

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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...
    PunizhedZoul PunizhedZoul 22-25, F 7 Responses Oct 12, 2011

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    My public speaking is 0% I have social anxiety and am self conscious
    Maddya Maddya 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 5

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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...
    Konrad Konrad 22-25, M 4 Responses Feb 23, 2010

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    I have recently been diagnosed with social anxiety, and I tried to talk to my friends about it, but they think I'm "over reacting" or "faking it" and I'm scared to even talk to...
    daniemcw daniemcw 16-17, F 5 Responses Mar 28

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    I kinda want to open this site up at work so then maybe, just maybe (I mean, anyway, I'm always thinking that someone's watching), someone might have a glance at the title and...
    pacheer pacheer 18-21, M 2 Responses Mar 28

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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...
    Sparkles4Soul Sparkles4Soul 22-25, F 20 Responses Mar 21

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    Okay so I'm feeling really anxious. I'm so overwhelmed with anxiety, hopelessness and confusion. I have no friends and I have no idea how to make them. Also, idk when it's...
    freeebird freeebird 18-21, F 4 Responses Mar 29

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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...
    atruelily atruelily 22-25, F 14 Responses Sep 7, 2009

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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...
    deleted deleted 26-30 5 Responses Dec 28, 2013

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    This Thing - I have to hide away from you Though I know you’ll do no harm Seeing the rest of the day through In my place of peace and calm Feeling like dying in my den When...
    Catcher94 Catcher94 18-21, M 3 Responses Nov 17, 2013

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    This has totally changed my life in everyway. I can't just easily talk, walk, think, etc. without over-analyzing it has seriously opened my eyes to all of the amazing things I...
    freeebird freeebird 18-21, F 4 Responses Apr 2

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    I don't have many friends due to my small anxiety problem. The only friends I have are those who I have made 5 years ago. I really would like to talk more but I just can't...
    LoneWolf2001 LoneWolf2001 13-15, F 1 Response Mar 28

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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...
    AmyG40 AmyG40 36-40, F 22 Responses Feb 16

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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...
    cinymin cinymin 19-21, F 19 Responses Oct 25, 2006

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    When you walk by a group of people and they start laughing...it's the worst feeling.
    Erikaaaaa Erikaaaaa 13-15, F 10 Responses Jan 8

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    First post. Just made an account. Pretty cool place. But I'm a very shy person. Sometimes it's to a point where I hide and cry. I don't have much friends because of this. I need...
    atxerika atxerika 13-15, F 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    I don't even know where to begin. I feel like I am constantly in a battle with my own mind and emotion. I am consciously thinking about my appearance in social situations. I am...
    kevin913 kevin913 16-17, M 8 Responses Jan 29

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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...
    Rachel4now Rachel4now 31-35, F 36 Responses Feb 17, 2008

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    A shy person who is afraid of the attention of others is not free of ego, but has an ambivalent ego that both wants and fears attention from others. The fear is that the attention...
    Camouflage Camouflage 18-21, M Jan 6

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    All Alone. - Hi I have or I think I have social anxiety. Here's my story: When I was 8, my family moved and I had to move to a new school. That's when it started. I was REALLY shy...
    Wowwawa Wowwawa 13-15, F 7 Responses Dec 18, 2012

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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...
    Santos21 Santos21 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 9

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    Today at work my boss told me I had to stop being so shy. It brings me down and actually makes me more shy :/ ugh I want so bad not to be. No one really gets it at work. And I'm...
    Nessybabi Nessybabi 18-21, F 3 Responses Mar 28

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    No friends, no life, antisocial, it sucks..
    breannainreverse breannainreverse 13-15, F 4 Responses Mar 28

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    My parents think its just some joke. They make fun of me for not having a job yet, no matter how many times I tell them why I just can't. Everytime I say anything about money, they...
    mysteryhatcat mysteryhatcat 16-17, F 5 Responses Mar 30

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    I'm tired of having social anxiety and feeling like I don't have any friends /: I got invited to 2 parties tonight and I stayed in because I didn't want to go by myself... but this...
    KrisMiss KrisMiss 22-25, F 16 Responses Feb 22

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    Is there anyone else who deals with social anxiety/awkwardness I can talk with?
    DarkGoddesss DarkGoddesss 16-17, F 5 Responses Apr 6

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    Social anxiety~ It's hard to breath, you feel your eyes swelling with tears, but you don't dare to let anybody notice. Why? Because that would draw more attention to yourself. You...
    FluffyCowz FluffyCowz 13-15, F 3 Responses Dec 16, 2013

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    To all the people that think I'm just shy and just need to put myself out there more. All I can say is, "I wish it were that easy, I wish you understood how serious this is...
    MMckay15 MMckay15 22-25, F 5 Responses Dec 5, 2013

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    Everyone's eyes become a hazard. I know you're all probably good and nice people but just don't look at me, please.
    pacheer pacheer 18-21, M 2 Responses Mar 28

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    I just turned 34, and I am seeking treatment for social anxiety, in earnest, for the first time in my life. It was pretty severe and is still at least moderate. I've made some...
    bewareofpity bewareofpity 31-35, M 2 Responses Apr 5

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    Sometimes I feel just plain stupid. Okay, I really need some advice. Almost a year ago I fell in love with a guy who was with me in some sort of youth clinic. I thought that I...
    zyakkui zyakkui 18-21, F 3 Responses Apr 3

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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...
    freeebird freeebird 18-21, F 6 Responses Oct 15, 2013

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    Awaken by an exhausting tightness in my chest. Experiencing an uneasiness for a day that has yet to begin. I feel as tho the world is observing, judging. I know this to be false...
    DuckyGirlHawaii DuckyGirlHawaii 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 29

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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...
    athion64 athion64 18-21, M 4 Responses Apr 7

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    My public speaking is 0% I have social anxiety and am self conscious
    Maddya Maddya 18-21, F Apr 5

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    ill be that person that acts so super confident at home like ill dance and ill be super happy and what not but once Im in a situation where I have to talk to someone I don't know I...
    katherinejaneee katherinejaneee 16-17, F 8 Responses Dec 17, 2013

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    I need to say this. I understand in many ways my anxiety has me floating inside a bubble of vulnerability. Easily penetrated by anyone offering a chance for friendship. So i...
    DuckyGirlHawaii DuckyGirlHawaii 18-21, F Apr 1

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    My voice will start shaking and I’ll humiliate myself I know I’ll end up looking like a fool These situations may be so frightening that I get anxious just thinking about them...
    alia94 alia94 18-21, F 4 Responses 2 days ago

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    Is there any Socially Anxious people out there who want to try out, eye contact exposure with me over Cam. Im tired of wishing and waiting for miracles and want to take action. I...
    athion64 athion64 18-21, M 2 Responses Apr 6

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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...
    freeebird freeebird 18-21, F 4 Responses Feb 18

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    I dont like crowds. It makes it hard for me to breathe and i usually turn up my music to distract myself or walk really fast and look at the ground. Another thing is that i hate...
    UniqueBunnii UniqueBunnii 16-17, F 4 Responses Dec 16, 2013

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    I have tried everything from Xanax to natural solutions. I've tried doing things to replace my anxiety but it still lies within me. I can't enter any situation without doing a...
    corissajane corissajane 18-21, F 5 Responses 2 days ago

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    I'm in nursing school, i've been required to go to these meetup groups once a week for the past 4 months. I never thought of this as a place for friendships to be made..but i...
    7Saren 7Saren 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 7

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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...
    katherinejaneee katherinejaneee 16-17, F 13 Responses Dec 19, 2013

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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...
    Cristal0330 Cristal0330 22-25, F 11 Responses Jan 18

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    It's a challenge for me to walk out my front door. Sometimes it's challenging just to go out of my room. I used to have someone that knew how to help me and calm me down, but..they...
    HylianSlayer HylianSlayer 18-21, M 2 Responses Jan 12

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    Also.. I have trouble watching TV and movies.. I think too much about it. Most people can watch TV and movies and not think about it.. It's just like being in another reality,, if...
    freeebird freeebird 18-21, F 9 Responses Mar 29

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    I don't get people, so I just try to keep away from them as much as possible....
    photosynthea photosynthea 26-30, F 23 Responses Mar 14

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