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I Have Social Anxiety

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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've never even been diagnosed with anxiety

    before, but I KNOW I have it. My parents refuse to take me to a psychiatrist, I've seriously begged them to take me, and I can't go by myself. I'm actually contemplating suicide, anytime I get close to a crowd, I feel like I'm suffocating, and I just start crying...
    kaylynx kaylynx 16-17, F 6 Responses 1 day ago

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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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    Where is the "off"-switch

    for emotions? Does anyone else get those really badddd headaches after crying? Hate those!😖
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses May 12

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    Thank you to all the people here

    that have tried to help me or give a kind word. You all are hard to come by, don't ever change.❤️
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses May 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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    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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    I get very uncomfortable,

    sometimes angry, when people stare at me. Everywhere I go, it happens. Women stare at me and give me these bitchy looks and men, they just stare. And stare. Sometimes I feel like saying "What are you looking at?" whenever I'm out in public. Somewhere in my subconscious it...
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses May 13

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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 8 Responses Mar 19

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    I didn't know how bad my social anxiety was

    until recently. It has effected me negatively in the following.. I recently declined a career altering job interview because I was just too nervous to follow through. I have declined many outings with friends just because I dread thinking about the conversations and starting...
    kikimayes kikimayes 22-25, F 4 Responses May 16

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    Can anyone tell me if having very low almost

    nonexistent self esteem and confidence is considered part of social anxiety?? I feel like worthless ugly fat **** everyday and it makes everything so difficult. I spend 3 hours checking myself and "getting ready" and mentally preparing myself before I step out of the house, even...
    rileystella rileystella 22-25, F 4 Responses 1 day 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 11 Responses Dec 3, 2014

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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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    Is sending one of your friends up to the

    cashier with the money instead of doing it yourself,just to get out of the store and away from everybody considered social anxiety? cause I do that. lmao
    HenryYamada HenryYamada 18-21, M 5 Responses 2 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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    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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    Hi I don t know what should I say

    but I am trying to keep head up All my hightschool life was horible because of my apereance I know that I am not pretty my face is ugly my eyes are big my nose is big I don t have feminity at all I know and I tried to focus on my studies but I could not everyday teachers wached...
    ANALIA4 ANALIA4 18-21, F 4 Responses a week ago

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    NatashaRose NatashaRose 18-21, F 4 Responses Jan 25

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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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    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 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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    People suck. I think I'm just going to continue

    to live out my days as a hermit with my cat.
    ambivalentFriability ambivalentFriability 18-21 2 Responses May 17

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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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    Interesting article. I am an empath.

    I am looking forward to future findings. http://www.spiritscienceandmetaphysics.com/new-study-links-social-anxiety-to-being-empath/
    AmyOnEP AmyOnEP 41-45, F 2 Responses May 17

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    shebrokeyou shebrokeyou 22-25, F 4 Responses May 13

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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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    My heart leaps out finding this site,

    knowing that I'm not the only one who has this SA. I feel you all. I wish we could overcome whatever burden we have. :))
    tawless tawless 18-21, M 6 Responses May 16

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    I have been in zooloft

    for about a year now, and I haven't experienced any results. I'm already at 200mL, which is the highest suggested dosage for someone my age. The only thing I've felt so far is occasional nausea. Have any of you tried zooloft? Did you have good results? Any suggestions for other...
    MeganBTaylor MeganBTaylor 16-17, F 4 Responses 23 hrs ago

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

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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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    What's difference between shy

    and social anxiety
    noname107 noname107 18-21, F 2 Responses May 14

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    ThatGuyEveryoneHates ThatGuyEveryoneHates 18-21, M 6 Responses Dec 8, 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 16-17, F 13 Responses Jan 30

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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 promised someone I would go to her baby

    shower today. I don't know anyone else but her there. I was trying to think if ways to get out of it but I can't. I been freaking out all week because of it. I literally can't function in situations like that. It's only 2 hours long so I'm planning on showing up late and leaving...
    hiddenjem hiddenjem 22-25, F 9 Responses 2 days ago

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    ToriKilljoy ToriKilljoy 18-21, F 10 Responses Jan 20

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    I wish I was never born.

    I was 3 months premature & technically wasn't supposed to live, at least that's what the doctors n nurses said. Not a day goes by that I don't wish I didn't.
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses May 14

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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 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 7 Responses Apr 30

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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 made a poem that my English teacher

    absolutely loved. It was about drunk driving. She asked me to read it in front of the class and without thinking I said yes. Immediately when I walked up to the front of the room my entire body started shaking. I felt it and I knew everyone could see it. Tears started coming...
    Uhnyx Uhnyx 13-15, F 3 Responses 6 hrs ago

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    I know what it feels like to be depressed.

    I've had it all life long. I think depression has a lot to do with fear. Suicide is a cowards way of existence, but I believe people who commit suicide are nevertheless people too, with feelings and a heart. I would never wish that on anyone I know. But I do believe that...
    kiddishguypete kiddishguypete 26-30, M 1 Response 6 hrs ago

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    So my friend who has anxiety herself told me

    that I might have social anxiety.....**** :/
    Wompy52 Wompy52 18-21, M 1 Response 6 days ago

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    I start my new job next week.

    I feel as I'm getting older my social anxiety has gotten much easier to handle but it does affect me every now and then. Now I have a job where I'm going to have to interact with customers and coworkers on a daily basis. Maybe this is a test for me. Let's see if I've really...
    ComplicatedGirl18 ComplicatedGirl18 18-21, F 4 Responses May 15

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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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    Yep.. I wonder what it feels like to be

    normal I don't think i'll ever know...
    silentkillxc1 silentkillxc1 18-21, F 8 Responses May 16

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    I have really bad social anxiety

    and my school don't that it's a serious problem and they punish me for not going into lessons and it's now that bad I couldn't do my gcse exam today I need help!