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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, 2014

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    How do you make friends?

    Just wondering because I feel like I'm wasting my life being so alone.
    StrangeDisaster StrangeDisaster 18-21, F 8 Responses 3 days ago

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    Its so frustrating. Especially

    when everyone just thinks I'm overreacting when in reality its the most frightening thing to me. A lot of my friends have jobs. I really want to get one but I'm terrified of having to go through a job interview. Then if I actually got the job I'd most likely have to do a job...
    Jessica4729 Jessica4729 16-17, F 2 Responses Jan 7

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    I have trouble still

    when trying to make phone calls, its always been something that's gotten me extremely anxious which is silly to me and embarrassing but I can't control it. Also when I go to appointments its the same thing for me. Trying to figure out how to challenge this
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses 4 days 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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    I could never tell someone this,

    but sometimes I'm just minding my own business and I feel people are staring at me when they actually aren't!? I don't know if I'm the only one that does that but I don't think it's normal... That's why I don't talk about it.
    warez94 warez94 18-21, F 4 Responses a week 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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    Sometimes, if I'm in a public place with too

    many people, I will cringe and cower away from people I walk too close to. I just fear their thoughts. What if they think badly of me?
    JSylvia1015 JSylvia1015 13-15, F 4 Responses 5 days ago

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    To preface this, I need advice on how to deal

    with my anxiety, how to manage my emotions and how to make friends... Currently I smoke week when I am stressed or sad or anxious. Sometimes it help the anxiety and other times it makes it worse. I am too scared to go on medication for the anxiety and depression. I need...
    MyMindCravesNectar MyMindCravesNectar 22-25, F 3 Responses 9 hrs ago

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    Ah, hell. It would appear I'm on an upswing.

    This is when I get people's hopes up only to let them plummet, parachute-free. Are they justified? My attempts at being social? Or is it thoughtless... inconsiderate... Honestly, I've no idea how much I do or do not affect people... but that doesn't stop me from feeling...
    ambivalentFriability ambivalentFriability 18-21 2 Responses 1 day 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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    no matter what I do, I feel like I am being

    judged. especially at school, I am almost afraid to talk to people who aren't a close friend. I have been bullied all my life and I just can't help it. I always feel like I will say something stupid and be embarrassed.
    Andyg99 Andyg99 22-25, M 1 Response 4 hrs 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 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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    ToriKilljoy ToriKilljoy 18-21, F 10 Responses Jan 20

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    NatashaRose NatashaRose 18-21, F 3 Responses Jan 25

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    roxxann101 roxxann101 13-15, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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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 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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    yknow, for years and years ive been defined by

    this term. quiet. im not quiet. im quite talkative and expressive and full of more than people can see. if i keep staying fit in this label i won't ever change.
    lilmissanon lilmissanon 18-21, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    I think I really really like (love?

    ) someone but I'm always tell myself that I'm not good enough for her. She is the most caring person I know and she doesn't deserve someone like me. I just wish I could make her as happy as she does to me.
    AWalkingCliche AWalkingCliche 16-17, M 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    I just don't think I can get out of bed today.

    .. Too much anxiety and sadness... Sucks. I'm such a shell of my former self...
    endurocycle7 endurocycle7 31-35, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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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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    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'm very proud of myself lately

    because I did lots of things this last week I've always been scared to do. These things include ordering a drink at starbucks and sitting outside in a public place, sucking up my insecurities and talk on the phone with someone who I've known for 2 years, sending a message to get...
    Hipstercatlover Hipstercatlover 16-17, F 8 Responses 3 days 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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    As an intern, I think it's expected

    that we will say and/or do stupid ****. However, sometimes I think I go beyond that and have to suffer the consequence of humiliating myself in front of PhD scientists. Maybe they just shrug it off as an intern deal, but my anxiety with speaking to the higher ups I work for has...
    crypticcrime crypticcrime 18-21, F 3 Responses Jul 21

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    I am so afraid of working full time

    for a REAL company. I worked three part time jobs in college but they were campus jobs and the stakes were a lot lower. I'm just afraid of feeling or looking stupid. I also hate dealing with mean people. HELLO REAL WORLD :)
    littlemissdazed littlemissdazed 22-25, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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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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    For the first time in 7 months I actually feel

    like having a nice normal conversation with someone but of course I'm too scared to message anyone. ._. Awesome.
    trashsash trashsash 16-17, F 2 days ago

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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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    It's strange how good I can actually be socially

    yet my brain can't seem to comprehend that and doesn't shut the **** up when I'm trying to leave the house.
    akaShaun akaShaun 16-17, M 2 Responses Jul 21

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    Sometimes before I can go into a store

    or restaurant or some public place I have to sit in my car for anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour to compose myself because I'm worried about other people. It's a big waste of time :/
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    I was signing up for my classes

    and i started thinking how the whole scenario in me being there will play out. Feeling so anxious, my heart racing, slowly getting sweaty. There are things i want to do, having my future dream job but this is just holding me back. It's gotten so bad that i have dropped multiple...
    reversethetime reversethetime 18-21, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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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 can start hyperventilating.

    It's gotten that bad. I just always feel like someone is judging me. Like, no one wants me around. When somebody tries to talk to me, I just freeze up and can't manage anything out my mouth.
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses a week ago

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    I have a family reunion on saturday

    and i'm so anxious and scared .. Can anybody give me some ways to cope? I don't want to have a nervous breakdown in front of everyone and embarrass myself!
    KaylaCherie KaylaCherie 13-15, F 2 Responses 1 day 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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    Me: Why wasn't I invited!

    ? Friend:......um... You wouldn't have come to it anyways.. Me: well no, I wouldn't have. But still, that's no the point.
    Bflyboo14 Bflyboo14 13-15, F 4 Responses Jul 17

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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 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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    It's so bad sometimes it gets to the point

    where I can't leave my house and I think that I'm stupid and an idiot /).(
    jessythekittenx jessythekittenx 18-21, F 3 Responses 7 hrs ago

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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 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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    Bflyboo14 Bflyboo14 13-15, F 7 Responses 1 day ago

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    I have trouble appearing

    for interviews. I completely blanked on my PhD interview last week. I get so nervous, just hate myself sometimes.
    saysomethingbeautiful saysomethingbeautiful 22-25, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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