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I Have Social Anxiety

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    I freak out whenever anyone

    even looks at me in public.. :/
    montanagonewrongx3 montanagonewrongx3 18-21, F 9 Responses Nov 21

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    When I was younger I was bullied nothing too

    traumatizing, at least I don't think, but I was always loud and bubbly. Which naturally offends others... For a while I thought I had been able to beat feeling slightly down around people, but lately it's back again. I am starting to hate going out! I guess part of it has to do...
    ofthisgirl90 ofthisgirl90 22-25, F 1 Response Dec 13

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    My anxiety fuels itself.

    I feel as if I constantly have sweaty palms and the thought of shaking someone's hand makes me more anxious. How do I cut off the fuel for this anxiety fire? It's a struggle.
    pnw21 pnw21 22-25, M 1 Response 4 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 9 Responses Nov 20

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    invertedcocaine invertedcocaine 22-25, F 4 Responses Nov 1

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    how would u feel if u knew someone with the

    same anxiety that u have would u b comfortable around them?
    erica1985 erica1985 26-30, F 9 Responses 1 day ago

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    I've been reflecting on a lot of things today.

    My anxiety level felt like it was through the roof. It probably didn't help that I was pretty hungover. If I could describe what little social interaction I had today it would be 'painfully awkward'. I went to church with my parents because I'm home for the holidays and...
    pnw21 pnw21 22-25, M 1 Response 3 days 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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    I hate people.. I hate places.

    . Anytime I'm in a huge crowd, I feel drained from my body, I start sweating, I get light headed, I can barely breathe, my body feels heavy, I can't talk.. It's like I just shut down.
    Bflyboo14 Bflyboo14 13-15, F 7 Responses Nov 14

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    I never had a problem with social anxiety

    until recently. I guess I've always tended to shy away from social situations if I could but it wasn't what I'd call "anxiety". But a few months ago, I started having mild panic attacks when I was out in public. It doesn't always happen and it doesn't seem to be triggered by...
    miteinen miteinen 22-25, F 2 Responses 1 day ago

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    I hide away in my room

    because I can barely handle "small talk" with my family that stays with me over the holidays. My room is my sanctuary. That and my safe people
    kpreston95 kpreston95 18-21, F 7 Responses 4 days ago

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    It's not bad enough that I have crazy panic

    attacks walking through the hall or standing up in front of the class, but just enough to ruin my life. I hate that SA is mostly attributed to girls, and that guys are expected to put themselves out there as far as the social aspect of school goes, especially dating.
    thesadpunk thesadpunk 16-17, M 3 Responses 3 days ago

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    http://m.youtube.com/watch?

    v=d-diB65scQU Thought I'd share
    Philonous Philonous 18-21, M Dec 12

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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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    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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    ugh, christmas shopping.

    ..time for the pushiness...crowds...panic attacks
    jbm1984 jbm1984 31-35, F 2 Responses Dec 13

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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 26 Responses Nov 7

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    Has anyone had luck with Prozac

    and Hydroxyzine (as needed) for their anxiety? I was changed to this Ned combo yesterday.
    PudgyPixie PudgyPixie 18-21, F 4 Responses 2 days ago

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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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    I often get these extreme hot flashes from

    anxiety sometimes almost so bad I feel like I am about to pass out. When I walk around in public my face gets so red because I think people are watching me and I'm self conscious so I can't function because I think about every little thing I'm doing, it's especially bad when I'm...
    bexk bexk 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 11

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    My anxiety is getting worse by the second.

    Whenever I go out I feel like people are judging me on what I wear, how I wear my hair, what sort of makeup I have on and even my ******* voice. I hate it. I just want to be happy in my own body. I want to be perfect but for that to happen, I need others to treat me that way. I...
    notyourbitchxo notyourbitchxo 13-15, F 12 Responses a week ago

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    stress triggers anxiety

    and anxiety triggers depression. drink water u will have less anxiety stop drinking caffeinated drinks, caffeinated drink will raise your anxiety and do exercise to relieve some stress and it will help to relax.
    erica1985 erica1985 26-30, F 3 days ago

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    I've been getting so much worse lately

    and i cant take it anymore ㅠ_ㅠ I hate having social anxiety i wish i could just be a normal person. Like the sort of person who actually leaves their room sometimes and doesnt spend all their time worrying about every stupid thing they've ever said. I cant speak to anyone...
    mialotta mialotta 16-17, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    If anyone suffers from anxiety at work

    or anything like that I could do with some advice, really struggling in my new job.
    deejay2605 deejay2605 22-25, M 6 Responses Dec 11

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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 15 Responses Dec 12

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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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    I don't understand why people with social

    anxiety have to present stuff in class
    s31fharm3r s31fharm3r 13-15, F 14 Responses Nov 11

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    This picture explains everything too perfect.

    When I go to mcdonalds and it's busy, I don't eat, because I can't talk, and when my friends decide they want subway, I'm suddenly not hungry. Constantly being scared of everyone thinking they will laugh at me.
    Bflyboo14 Bflyboo14 13-15, F 3 Responses Dec 2

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    Blehh, it's taking so long to make a simple

    phone call. Dear self, why you make the simplest things so difficult???
    Chloeeee17 Chloeeee17 18-21, F 13 Responses Sep 2

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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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    I've never had a problem with it

    until just recently.. Before it was never bad or I just didn't really think it was bad. I only ever avoided being in large groups of people or I was really shy. Recently though its getting worse.. Like I will feel like people are staring at me or judging me and then I just can't...
    Wallflower5906 Wallflower5906 13-15, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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    As I'm having an anxiety attack in the car,

    and having a mental breakdown while my mom is telling me how much a ***** I act like. I just wish I wasn't apart of this life.
    Bflyboo14 Bflyboo14 13-15, F 10 Responses 2 days ago

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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 12 Responses Dec 2

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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 talk myself into thinking that

    if I go out everyone will stare at me and talk about me. I hardly leave the house anymore.
    Louloubird Louloubird 16-17, F 3 Responses Dec 16

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    ThatGuyEveryoneHates ThatGuyEveryoneHates 18-21, M 8 Responses Dec 8

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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

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    Today i would have rather hid under my covers

    than have gone to school. This is becoming a problem
    Ashleyy2 Ashleyy2 18-21, F 3 Responses Nov 24

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    I'm extremely nervous around other people's

    families and I never eat in front of them
    Pinkfluffyunicorn2 Pinkfluffyunicorn2 18-21, F 8 Responses Nov 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 20 Responses Oct 25, 2006

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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 9 Responses Nov 1

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    How have you handle your social anxiety,

    if at all? Do you feel the fear and do it anyway? Or do you avoid these situations altogether? Like everyone, I've been in very uncomfortable situations, and I've faced some and averted others. I recently got a position as a personal trainer at a gym and one of the requirements...
    WearOutKyd WearOutKyd 26-30, M 6 Responses Dec 12

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    Last night I went to dinner with some very good

    friends who I hadn't seen in a while. Just sitting there waiting to order, my body temperature shot through the roof as I started feeling anxious. I hate anxiety. Here I am, sitting with people that I love and I have what I guess would be an anxiety attack. Whenever it happens I...
    pnw21 pnw21 22-25, M 2 Responses 6 days 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 22-25, M 11 Responses Nov 30

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    It happened again today.

    Some family came over for lunch and for no reason at all I felt the anxiety kick in.. Body temperature through the roof like Johnny flame. I had to actually get up and go grab something to drink just so I didn't break out into a sweat right there. One thing I've noticed is I'll...
    pnw21 pnw21 22-25, M 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    this is me if your wondering

    and now u see why i need to lose weight
    EmmaMomsen EmmaMomsen 22-25, F 10 Responses Dec 15

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    I HAD social anxiety.

    I'm somewhat antisocial (Not in the literal sense. I meant in the very very introverted sense) and I can be somewhat socially awkward. But I no longer feel anxious in most social situations thanks to exposure. You see, I've always been a shy person. I always had trouble...
    topsykrit topsykrit 18-21, F 2 Responses Dec 16

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    I cannot handle being around people.

    I'm lucky enough to have a job in which I can be left alone most of the time, but I do live in a big city, so just walking around can be stressful. I don't even attempt to make friends in real life, and I actively try to avoid talking to people whenever I can. I love the...
    seattledrummergirl seattledrummergirl 18-21, F 6 Responses Dec 11

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    demianorexx demianorexx 16-17, F 6 Responses Dec 15

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    I have Generalized Anxiety Disorder.

    Only feel comfortable around people I know well. Brand new settings and new people don't go well with me.
    SentimentalMood SentimentalMood 36-40, F 6 Responses Nov 17

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    I never realized, until now,

    that's what it was. I always knew that I had issues dealing with/ getting to know people. (Especially members of the opposite sex who I was attracted to.) But I never considered getting help. I just automatically assumed there was no help for me. This was just the way I am. I...
    ludix ludix 41-45, M 5 Responses Dec 14

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    A habit I've learnt to master.

    . Over analysing? My psychologist told me about layering thoughts and although I don't layer them as much I do still have a habit of doing it.. For example: leaving the house to meet a friend.. First thought - have I got enough on, should I take a scarf.. It's alittle chilly...
    heyitsabike heyitsabike 31-35, F 2 Responses