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    I have social anxiety.

    It is worst when I'm driving. I don't even like drivers behind me - it freaks me out. I'm not a bad driver when I'm calm but in traffic or when there are a lot of cars moving in multiple directions (plus pedestrians) I make small mistakes. I feel like my driving is subpar...
    MVPFLF MVPFLF 18-21, M 4 Responses 4 days ago

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    In school, I had to create a video in Arabic.

    Arabic isn't my first language and people say I sound like a child speaking it. On the day of the presentation, i ran out of the classroom and started hyperventilating in the bathroom because I couldn't stand the embarrassment. I walked back into the classroom afraid of what...
    radsadbrad radsadbrad 13-15, F 3 Responses 6 days ago

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

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    I'm ready to feel whole again.

    I don't know how to explain but I haven't felt like a real person, like I'm just watching myself or something? I'm ready to be fully engaged and feel something real
    strawberryletter22 strawberryletter22 18-21, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    Is it weird I even have social phobia around my

    own mother and I've lived with her all my life. I know she does judge me and has said things.
    1lonelydaisy 1lonelydaisy 41-45 4 Responses Feb 23

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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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    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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    Hey, I'm new to this site

    after googling social anxiety for hours I finally found this place lol. But yeah...new here, will be adding some stuff to the account so if you'd like to add me or talk or whatever...do that :)
    United2008 United2008 18-21, M 1 Response 2 days 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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    Since this is my first post I Im just going to

    say something about me.I suck at forms of human interaction in general. I spend my life hiding and immersed in books, writing, and music. I have social anxiety and get over attached or under attached. I want someone I can just talk to. Not a fake friend who acts the way their...
    FallOutGirl123 FallOutGirl123 16-17, F 6 Responses Feb 22

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    My hands sweat a lot

    and even sometimes my underarms whenever I interact with people. I'm always overly aware of what I think other people are thinking and I usually find myself seeking some type of approval from others. It's crippling my relationships with society because I feel like people judge...
    iPromise2KeepHopeAlive iPromise2KeepHopeAlive 22-25, M 2 Responses a week ago

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    I have never had a real job before

    and now I do and I love everything about it except how my office expects me to attend their parties and social events. I have social anxiety particularly in environments that include alcohol. I have been able to avoid these situations until now and now it's more stressful than...
    Lucyshrimp Lucyshrimp 22-25, F 5 Responses 2 days ago

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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, 2014

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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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    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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    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 14 Responses Jan 8

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    hate my social anxiety.

    stops me from meeting people.. girls. jobs I'll be dishwasher because I don't have to deal with people much. but the anxiety still builds. so I don't leave the house much in less I have too. it I getting worst over time.. I do know how I got it.. probably from being locked in my...
    cosciatony cosciatony 26-30, M 4 Responses 2 days ago

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    ThatGuyEveryoneHates ThatGuyEveryoneHates 18-21, M 7 Responses Dec 8, 2014

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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 24 Responses Nov 7, 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'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 7 Responses 6 days ago

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    I'm having a rough day

    so I think I'll share how I feel and just kinda document what's going on in my head so I can get my thoughts straight and maybe someone will read this and be able to relate to it. I'm just getting tired of it. I haven't had a conversation with someone in weeks. I feel like...
    LeChatCurieux LeChatCurieux 18-21, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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    Just random rambles..

    . I've spent so much time hiding, that I've disappeared off the map. I've erased my presence completely. But I don't mind. I'd be nervous if I was remembered, because I'm no longer the same person I once was. Everyone has moved on with their lives of course, but I've moved...
    xagainstthecurrentx xagainstthecurrentx 18-21, F 3 Responses 18 hrs ago

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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 can never present to save my life.

    my teachers know that I get too nervous and scared to present anything in front of the class but they continue to do so and everytime I do I end up having a panic attack and they don't understand how that affects me. I am at the point where I am too scared to even go to school...
    ss18 ss18 13-15, F 4 Responses 5 days ago

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    I have a presentation on Monday.

    I really don't think I won't be able to do it. It's just way to stressful and it's a killer. I haven't even showed my topic to the teacher cause I'm not sure what to even talk about. I have to do short presentation on an informative topic.
    Dkdjd Dkdjd 18-21, M 6 Responses a week 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 11 Responses Dec 2, 2014

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    strawberryletter22 strawberryletter22 18-21, F 3 Responses 2 days ago

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    i cant start a conversation with a stranger.

    .. i totally freak out thinking that i will sound dumb... however, when i am approached by a stranger i find it very easy to start talking and the conversation flows smoothly...
    tiffaz1984 tiffaz1984 31-35, M 1 Response Feb 21

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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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    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 10 Responses Dec 28, 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 18 Responses Jan 26

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    NO PERVS every time I ask about Skype I just

    get a bunch of weirdos responses I can't leave my home unless it's late at night when there's no people out really, and it's dark so there's no attention brought to myself. I'm very scared of people and interactions I wanna find someone im capable of talking to :/
    somethingxmissing somethingxmissing 22-25, F 5 Responses 1 day 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 10 Responses Nov 10, 2014

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    NatashaRose NatashaRose 18-21, F 5 Responses Jan 25

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    About to meet with a new counselor.

    I hope I get better. Wish me luck!
    Lucyshrimp Lucyshrimp 22-25, F 7 Responses 1 day 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 7 Responses Nov 20, 2014

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    I am a prisoner of my own mind and,

    strangely, room. I'm unable and unwilling to venture out into the world if I don't have to. My social anxiety and depression only worsen my actions and I can't seem to find the person I used to know.
    Sunflowerdragon Sunflowerdragon 22-25, F 3 Responses 5 days ago

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    Does anyone have suggestions on getting over

    social anxiety. Mine is getting worse, anything from going to the grocery store or going to a restaurant. Walking through the store I just want to stare at the ground and pretend I'm the only one around. I even have to choose a cashier who isn't my age so I don't have to worry...
    alyssakayart alyssakayart 18-21, F 12 Responses a week ago

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    Is it normal to keep isolating yourself

    because you can't talk to people?
    NatashaRose NatashaRose 18-21, F 16 Responses Feb 1

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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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    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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    It's more like anxiety of attention

    or being around crowds. I just can't handle it. I do enjoy people but in small groups of maybe three or four. But I have had this for a good amount of time through my young teen years all the way into adulthood. It sucks because the majority of people I have dated have been...
    TheCutestDragon TheCutestDragon 18-21, F 5 Responses 4 days ago

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    Honestly my emetophobia is ruining my life I

    can't leave the house ever. Because of all this there's no way a guy will like me with all my baggage. Just a huge mess.
    AwkwardBlackGirl AwkwardBlackGirl 16-17, F 3 Responses 2 days 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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    I can't even talk to my own family members

    because I never have nothing to say and my mind goes blank. I always think my own family is judging me
    imdifferent97 imdifferent97 16-17, F 6 Responses Feb 23

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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