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I Have Social Anxiety

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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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    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 3 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 2 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 1 day 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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    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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    How do you know when you have started to love

    someone in a mature way, not puppy love?
    JuneAda72 JuneAda72 18-21, F 5 Responses a week ago

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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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    My wife asked me to go with her to attend a

    surprise 50th birthday party for her boss, which included a room full of people I did not know. Just her asking me caused immediate worry and stress, so I tried not to think about it and secretly hoped she would change her mind or something else would come up with work that...
    rolywynne rolywynne 46-50, M 1 Response Feb 17

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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 16-17, M 18 Responses Jan 26

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    I think I wouldn't have social anxiety

    if I wasn't laughed at for the way I pronounce my words,told that I was ugly and retarded everyday ,made fun of for the way I walk . People laugh at me in my face everyday at school and I don't know what they are laughing at which makes me more and more self conscious. I used to...
    imdifferent97 imdifferent97 16-17, F 5 Responses Feb 16

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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 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 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 5 Responses Jan 18

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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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    invertedcocaine invertedcocaine 22-25, F 3 Responses Nov 1, 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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    NatashaRose NatashaRose 18-21, F 5 Responses Jan 25

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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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    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 25 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 14 Responses Jan 8

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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 14 Responses 2 days ago

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    lilbiatch lilbiatch 16-17, F 3 Responses 6 days ago

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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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    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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    I get very nervous when I'm in public,

    and I get even more nervous when I have to engage in conversation with people. Only with friends does this problem go away, but it's hard for me to make friends. I feel like it's actually interfering with my life, because I just cannot approach people. It's like a mental...
    MarioT96 MarioT96 18-21, M 2 Responses 6 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 5 days ago

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    ToriKilljoy ToriKilljoy 18-21, F 9 Responses Jan 20

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    Chloeeee17 Chloeeee17 18-21, F 19 Responses Nov 23, 2014

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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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    Today, was the day my worst nightmare came true.

    My professor asked us last class to form groups for the project at the end of the year. Today, we were suppose to tell him who our group members were. It took me a few minutes, but I finally built up the courage to ask the seemingly nice people next to me if they had room in...
    molliee151 molliee151 22-25, F 5 Responses 5 days ago

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    I'm not sure if this qualifies

    as an experience yet because I haven't had this happen yet, but i am going on a class trip next week and i'm really nervous about it. I hate having social anxiety because it makes me hard to talk to people and when i try to i feel that i am only being annoying or will say...
    animegirl63 animegirl63 16-17, F 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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    So my big cousin that I haven't seen in awhile

    just came over but I just acted like she was a stranger but I don't mean to act that way
    imdifferent97 imdifferent97 16-17, F 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    Today i would have rather hid under my covers

    than have gone to school. This is becoming a problem
    Ashleyy2 Ashleyy2 18-21, F 2 Responses Nov 24, 2014

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    I am so embarrassed,

    but I need to let it out. I am terrified of strangers and large crowds of people. This is super unfortunate for me because I want to travel the world and be a Missionary. Once I'm comfortable, I'm fun and energetic. I'm just too afraid to show it for a long period of time.
    traveltonowhere traveltonowhere 22-25, F 3 Responses a week ago

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    Sweat. I felt actual sweat roll down my back

    the last time I had to be social in a place where I knew no-one. I had hovered on the edge of two conversations, wondered if I'd offended the person who invited me, and briefly exchanged hellos with a couple of outliers who looked as uncomfortable as I felt. And it was a...
    GenevieveH GenevieveH 41-45, F 1 Response Feb 16

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    I have social Anxiety,

    Whenever I stand in a group I feel I have very low esteem and every other person is better than me .I avoid long conversation and If In Have to speak in a group ,I feel my ears are burning and face getting red . But I am glad I learned how to cope with it and Now I challenge...
    lifenoteasy lifenoteasy 26-30, M 3 Responses 5 days ago

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    I girl came up to me in my class,

    (it's not really a school, it's a place where kids go to pass grades with extra help) and she used to go to the same school as i went to, so we were talking and i could feel myself getting hot and ****. After we were done talking i went to the bathroom and noticed my face was as...
    serenapaul serenapaul 13-15, F 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    I don't like being in big groups

    or crowds unless I have someone to cling to. People have always thought I'm rude but really I just am not good at social stuff.
    freeisshe freeisshe 26-30, F 3 Responses Feb 16

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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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    When people think your reactions are funny

    but you act that way cause you're anxious hahaha ******* hilarious I'm laughing so hard rn,,,
    strawberryletter22 strawberryletter22 18-21, F 1 Response 5 days 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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    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 2 Responses 14 hrs ago

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    This is so hard. I don't know

    where to go to. I do everything at my disposal to achieve a common goal. But when it comes to dealing with people, I would instantly feel so disconnected. We have this class project to conduct a plant visit but I wasn't able to do my responsibility to cooperate with my...
    nousernamestillavailable nousernamestillavailable 18-21 2 Responses 9 hrs ago

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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 19 hrs ago

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    It seems like it's other people with anxiety

    problems that like to poke at my anxiety,,
    strawberryletter22 strawberryletter22 18-21, F 5 days ago

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

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    summershyanne summershyanne 13-15, F 3 Responses 6 days ago

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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 3 days ago

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    I get really upset when people say its cute I

    mean in some cases I guess my reactions to attention from people can be cute but you don't need to screech about it like damn