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I Have Social Anxiety

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    So I saw two appealing jobs yesterday

    and applied for them, and surprisingly to me got a phone call today in which an interview for next week was arranged, I wish I could be as confident as I was a few years ago so I could just go in and impress, but I know I'll be nervous on the day, especially because I have to...
    DHggmu DHggmu 22-25, M 2 Responses a week ago

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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 2 Responses Dec 2, 2014

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    What is it about me,

    that causes everything to dislike me so much?
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Jun 19

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    I can't leave my comfort zone

    or I freak out. I've made myself this way. I don't like leaving my house, I never go out with friends. I make excuses up instead of going over their houses. I want this fear to go away, but it won't.
    BridieBird BridieBird 16-17, F 3 Responses 8 hrs 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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    It's really tough I hardly talk to any1

    but my cat , and I don't like going out anymore
    dailybake dailybake 22-25, M 6 Responses Jun 22

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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 7 Responses Nov 1, 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...
    deleted deleted 26-30 20 Responses Mar 21, 2014

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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 18-21, F 13 Responses Jan 30

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    I really like this girl

    and classes are over now but we still talk online. I don't know how to tell her I like her. I mean she says I'm really funny but I don't know if I should tell her and if I could even get the courage to. I need some advice.
    Scott32Cool Scott32Cool 16-17, M 2 Responses Jun 14

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    TheGirlYouNeverKnew TheGirlYouNeverKnew 18-21, F 4 Responses 4 days ago

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    It's not easy. It really isn't.

    From my POV, social anxiety is an incurable disease that not even therapy can remedy, regardless of how hard you try to conquer it.
    air0118 air0118 18-21, M 4 Responses 6 days 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...
    deleted deleted 26-30 7 Responses Mar 19

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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 thought online would be a good place to start

    getting used to talking to people (since I can't face to face) but I'm having just as much anxiety sending messages as I would conversing in person... Any tips to calm down before I end up deleting my account like I've done every time before?
    momenti momenti 18-21, F 2 Responses Jun 20

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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 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 6 Responses Apr 12

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    NatashaRose NatashaRose 18-21, F 4 Responses Jan 25

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    No one that doesn't have social anxiety can

    really understand the effort it takes to get up and go somewhere you know has people everywhere... My social anxiety makes me feel like I'm being analyzed by everyone around me and like I'm being ridiculed. I get so anxious that sometimes I have to tell myself in my mind how to...
    PlanetGaia PlanetGaia 18-21, F 3 days ago

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    I saw a guy walking his dog

    when i was walking my dog, so of course i turn around and go home. It surprised me cause i felt confident in how I looked today, but maybe that has little to do with my anxiety. How am i supposed to get it if i can't even make eye-contact with a guy lol
    SaintInHell SaintInHell 18-21, F 3 Responses 6 days 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 21 Responses Nov 7, 2014

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    What people who don't have SA fail to

    understand is that anxiety is physical. "Your chest tightens, your head feels cloudy & you are acutely aware of the effort behind every breath." I'm always being told, "It's all in your head," like yea thank you, it's a mental illness... I can't go anywhere by myself, I can...
    BasAllah BasAllah 13-15, F 5 Responses Apr 30

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    I just arrived for a job orientation.

    (I'm early.) Of course I'm really nervous and I have no idea what's going to happen. I just hope I survive this...
    junipery junipery 13-15, F 4 Responses Jun 22

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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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    Even when I'm alone,

    even just typing this out is almost painful for me. I just want to erase it and forget about posting this and the thought of even posting it makes me cry. i think its silly and ridiculous of me but i can't help it. For the past four years I've been shutting myself away. I can't...
    alicat13 alicat13 18-21, F 6 Responses 5 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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    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 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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    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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    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 9 Responses Apr 16

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    "Drowning" A plush blanket of comfort

    and destruction bound tightly around my frail body. My breathing is constantly labored and my toes curled under bracing for the next mental blow. Anxiety is a consistent flow of breath taking views from the peaks of happiness and the dark shallow graves from the valleys of fear...
    writingmyrelease writingmyrelease 26-30, F 3 Responses Jun 21

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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 12 Responses Jan 8

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

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    Everything is fine around close friends

    and family members. I find myself to be fairly interesting, then when I'm out in public I try to say as little as possible. I get so nervous that it's almost like I lose control of what I'm saying. I act like a bland idiot, there's really no other way of putting it. I would do...
    censmith55 censmith55 22-25, M 1 Response 3 days ago

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    I have social anxiety

    and adhd combined im a ball of confusion and never endins thought im good at everything and nothing at the same time its frustating
    imperfectSassMaster imperfectSassMaster 18-21, F 4 days ago

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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, 2014

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    i have been through a lot in my life.

    after my parents divorce and harsh seperation i lived with my dad who was a bit aggressive. he never let me talk to guys or even say hi. he always made me feel anxious as if people were always staring at me and judging me when they weren't. after all these horrible experiences i...
    jessy55 jessy55 18-21, F 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    I know u have social anxiety ,

    not to self diagnose, but. some of you people know the feeling when you can't breathe. that sweaty blood rush . feel scared . I'm so tiered of it . every time I goto the doctor for my head aches I try to tell her but she always suggests it's something else due to my parents...
    SJsmith23 SJsmith23 13-15, F 1 Response Jun 13

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    Do any of you can give me some advice

    or like tips on dating with social anxiety?
    toughbaby toughbaby 18-21, F 8 Responses Jun 14

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    I hate feeling lonely

    and being too scared to reach out to others
    tsubakiblossom tsubakiblossom 22-25, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    Does anyone in this group also date someone

    with social anxiety? What's the relationship like?
    akaShaun akaShaun 16-17, M 4 Responses a week ago

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    so I feel like snapping on an ex co.

    worker..should I ? ..I mean this man changed the schedule tattled and is the main reason I left now he keeps texting for me to.come fill in ..bc everyone calls in all the time..but I wanna cuss him out he's loud obnoxious..rude sneaky.
    imissdnce imissdnce 31-35, F 3 Responses 6 days ago

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    I hate talking to people.

    I can stand in front of a group and give a speech no problem because they are there to hear me. But I can not go up to someone and talk without going into full panic mode. I get sick to my stomach.
    Matthew6288 Matthew6288 36-40, M 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    Inside this shell is a cloistered soul,

    greatly intimidated by the outside world. Such a vast distance created by doing so little in such a small space. They drift into dream-like mementos, pushed away by this incredible repulsion. A hardened layer to protect the fragility within decimates the will to open...
    yopu yopu 26-30 2 Responses Jun 22

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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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    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 9 Responses Nov 30, 2014

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