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I Have Social Anxiety

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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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    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 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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    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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    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 7 Responses Apr 12

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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 5 Responses May 25

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    I hate it when people stare at me.

    My mom tells me it's because they think I'm beautiful. I am no where near beautiful. I cannot go into a store without my mom or a friend. I am so stupid, I hate my anxiety so much!
    FindingFaith47 FindingFaith47 13-15, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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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'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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    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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    Some of my earliest childhood memories include

    feelings of severe anxiety..
    WillowRabbit WillowRabbit 22-25, F 4 Responses 9 hrs ago

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    I feel lonely when people are around me,

    I feel invisible, I feel scared about what others think of me. But when I'm alone in my room a whole world comes out of me.
    louisemalika louisemalika 16-17, F 3 Responses a week 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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    People think I'm outgoing

    because I have always been the strong one out of the set of triplets (I'm a triplet obviously) but when it comes to confrontation or asking a strange something I simply can not do it. Its gotten to the point where I'm constantly anxious and have developed trichtomania and have...
    JulesG04 JulesG04 18-21, F 3 Responses a week ago

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    I have social anxiety

    and I feel like it's running my life. That's all. I'm afraid to say more. I'm anxious at the thought of posting this and if I do, I'll probably obsess about it until I delete it.
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses 13 hrs ago

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    So today I realised that I fake yawn around

    people and do other ridiculous things like make strange noises when I'm doing any activitys around people. I think it maybe a nervous thing or I don't know... glad I got told straight up though can anyone else relate?
    JackH19 JackH19 18-21, M 5 Responses 1 day 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 8 Responses Mar 19

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    magick67 magick67 46-50, F 1 Response a week ago

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    If anyone needs an outlet,

    I am an experienced ear and know many ways to deal with how social anxiety inhibits day to day life.
    Socalsunset Socalsunset 22-25, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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    Went to a social activity yesterday.

    Leading up to it I was such a wreck. I was so worried about making sure i talked enough and came across as normal instead of socially awkward. Well, I went had a good time and things turned out great. I always expect the worst things to happen.
    tormentedinternally tormentedinternally 26-30, M 1 Response 2 days ago

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    Sometimes when I'm driving I start having

    anxiety attacks. I look at everything around me and see the roads, I see painted wood houses, I see cars, buildings but above all else I see that everything around me is temporary. I start feeling sick and nauseated at the thought that the scenery changes around me constantly...
    MujerDeMuerte MujerDeMuerte 18-21, F 3 Responses 6 days ago

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    I often feel uncomfortable in social situations.

    But think it's getting worse... Some american relatives are visiting us (I've never seen them before) at the moment and my other relatives are also here. I just can't go to say hello to them because I'm so scared. I want to cry and hide under my bed. I feel like I don't know...
    Alessiina Alessiina 18-21, F 2 Responses 6 hrs 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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    Bflyboo14 Bflyboo14 13-15, F 3 Responses 5 days ago

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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 5 Responses May 24

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    my social anxiety ruin my everyday life.

    i am living in a very conservative society. peoples here can't understand the emotional variations of S.A.D. they only accept normal things. I couldn't find a friend with social anxiety. S.A.D peoples here hide their problems because of social criticism. even my family couldn't...
    californiaproject californiaproject 22-25, M 2 days ago

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    I hate school brakes

    for the fact that the only reason im happy is because i can see the face of funny people that dont even love me but i ger entertain... i cry in my house when im alone or someone is not giving the love i give to them
    gongito gongito 18-21, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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    i walk around wondering

    and worrying all the time!!
    skinnyslim skinnyslim 31-35, M 1 Response 5 days ago

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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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    KidAnxiety KidAnxiety 16-17, M 1 Response 17 hrs ago

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    I see other people just randomly talking to

    each other or being able to strike conversations with each other and then there is me I can not hold down a conversation with someone, is that social anxiety? Am I just a fruit loop? Or am I ignorant to others? I just don't understand why I struggle.
    jumpingjackflash121 jumpingjackflash121 22-25, M 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    I find it so difficult to talk to certain

    people sometimes. I guess it has to do with me being self conscious about my appearance but I need to find a way to get over it.
    ilovePTX ilovePTX 18-21, F 4 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 10 Responses Dec 2, 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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    ToriKilljoy ToriKilljoy 18-21, F 10 Responses Jan 20

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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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    On a good day, it's hard

    for me to leave my house. I suffer from depression too, so good days rarely come. Lately, I've had more bad days than ever, it's just getting harder and harder for me to do things. Even going to the store with my boyfriend can be hard on a good day and send me into a panic...
    MissJessieGurl MissJessieGurl 18-21, F 1 Response 4 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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    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 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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    NatashaRose NatashaRose 18-21, F 4 Responses Jan 25

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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 2 Responses May 25

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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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    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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    So I get really bad feelings from large crowds.

    . I freak out inside. So just Yesterday I go to my boyfriends graduation and the more people who crowded around me the more I clunched my fist and felt like crying. I couldn't leave because I wanted to be there for him. So I stuck it out.. thankfully I had a worry stone that...
    MysticThornwolf MysticThornwolf 16-17, F 3 Responses May 24

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    ThatGuyEveryoneHates ThatGuyEveryoneHates 18-21, M 6 Responses Dec 8, 2014

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