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I Have Social Anxiety

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    Until just this moment I was a bit bummed

    that I'd lost the ability to put people at ease just by smiling and saying something I think they'll find amusing. It's an important skill if you're going to convince people you're not anxious, or if they've already noticed your discomfort, to reassure them. But while it's a...
    ambivalentFriability ambivalentFriability 18-21 3 Responses 2 days ago

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    It's so bad that at school I have small panic

    attacks as the bell to go to the next period gets closer because I'm so scared of the crowded halls. I also do not go to lunch. I usually will go to the library, walk the halls (since everyone is in class or lunch) or if I'm eating, I'll eat in the bathroom stalls. When I am...
    StrawberryShortcake97 StrawberryShortcake97 18-21, F 1 Response 5 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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    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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    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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    Im am not diseased, nor do I have an illness.

    I just have trouble making eye contact, I dont think Im better than everyone else when I dont socialize in fact its quite the opposite. Nothing I say or do doesnt go through filters in my head before it happens and even then I still can mess up. Say the wrong thing, laugh too...
    Disobey007 Disobey007 22-25, F 3 Responses Apr 2

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    In English class, we're starting a new unit

    that revolves around public speaking. Let's just say, it has not been fun for me.
    awesomefallenangel13 awesomefallenangel13 13-15, F 2 Responses Apr 2

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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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    Because of my abusive father,

    I grew up to be very shy. This made it easy for other kids to take advantage of me and bully me. I started to hate people. My young innocent mind became cynical. Being around people, even friends, would give me panic attacks. These panic attacks would make my throat feel likes...
    Alexandur Alexandur 16-17, M 1 Response Apr 5

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    I was hanging out with a friend ( girlfriend)

    and I wanted to ask her out but it just wouldn't come out it was like seriously because I rarely have social ( or physical) fears I just don't talk to people because I am always getting messed with and most people don't understand me so I am just quiet
    supergenius0814 supergenius0814 13-15, M 1 Response 5 days ago

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    so today my brother set up a job interview

    for me. I was really nervous. I woke up at 10 and walked all the way to the restaurant got to the doors and stood there for 10 min debating if I was brave enough to go talk to the boss. and I ended up turning around and walking away. I can't speak it just won't come out. I ended...
    DarkKnights10 DarkKnights10 16-17, F 2 Responses Apr 3

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    I am regressing. I had some people I thought

    were my friends do some mean things lately. Such as not letting me eat with them, laughing when I sit with them, and even sending a snapchat calling me a poser. I feel like all of my fears are being justified and I am not feeling very trusting of any of my friends. I was free...
    shootdownthestars shootdownthestars 16-17, F 3 Responses Apr 7

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    invertedcocaine invertedcocaine 22-25, F 3 Responses Nov 1, 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 10 Responses Nov 30, 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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    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 10 Responses 1 day ago

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    I haven't been to one of my college classes in

    over a month, luckily the teacher has a grading system to negate this. Going in there after so long terrifies me. I am scared that he will point out the fact that I have been gone so long and make me the center if attention. I really need to back to class because if I get...
    bigluke74 bigluke74 18-21, M 1 Response 1 day ago

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    Is it normal to keep isolating yourself

    because you can't talk to people?
    NatashaRose NatashaRose 18-21, F 15 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 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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    My mom said if I spend the entire spring break

    in bed again she's going to send me to counseling. Hahah :)
    MariahsLamb MariahsLamb 13-15, F Apr 6

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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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    I miss a lot of school

    because of my ANXITY but one thing that I have noticed that docent help is when my mom talks about how much school I'm missing and how much school work I'm behind on and how she wishes I would just gets to school. but I feel that if she were to spend more time congratulating me...
    celleu celleu 16-17, F 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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    ThatGuyEveryoneHates ThatGuyEveryoneHates 18-21, M 6 Responses Dec 8, 2014

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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 got tired of getting talked over.

    ....my co.workers laughed joked hardly listened to.a word I said ...same with in laws so I just quit talking all around when I'm around people if you're going to ignore me then I just won't say anything and I'll just smile and be polite and then if you're going to be rude to me I...
    imissdnce imissdnce 31-35, F 2 Responses Apr 1

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    It feels like everyone's staring at me sullenly

    whenever I walk outside. I just walk faster than a normal way. After going home I just say in front of the mirror "what's wrong with your beautiful face?"
    jppsanchez jppsanchez 18-21, M 4 Responses Apr 1

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    Hi, i have been struggling with a lot of

    personality disorders for the last 18 years, which is practically my entire life. i suffer from anxiety, stress disorder, nervousness, and overall huge depression. and to make this a bit shorter. im gonna talk about my most recent experience, which is job related. i'm working in...
    millesmiller millesmiller 31-35 1 Response Apr 3

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    I was at my moms job

    and she decides to introduce me to one of her coworkers at the most awkward time and i got nervous and walked away and then later she tells me that im embarassing. **** everything.
    Portami Portami 16-17, F 6 Responses 3 days ago

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    So till this day I still get really anxious

    over the simplest things. I always need someone by my side so I can feel okay and safe. Thinking about growing up and becoming an adult really scares me, since I still feel I'm not ready to meet people or start communicating with others. I always been that shy and quiet kid...
    charites0 charites0 16-17, F Apr 7

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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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    It's so bad that the teacher pulled me out of

    class to ask if I was okay. I'm so quiet and awkward. Usually, most people don't even know that I'm in their class, or I'm absent. But when it comes to talking to people, I'm really awkward, and feel so stressed and anxious around them...
    Blu43ver Blu43ver 13-15, F 4 Responses 5 days ago

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    Today my mum wanted me to go into the store on

    my own and buy some bread. But then I could convince her to come with me. I felt horrible when my mum told me to go in the store on my own! :/
    AmandizzLove06 AmandizzLove06 16-17, F 7 Responses 21 hrs ago

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    I am a very gifted communicator.

    How ever I have social anxiety. Not as bad as I used to because I have worked on it. But most importantly I have social sham and social grace problems and become easily humiliated because I can't handle any social pressure. It bums me out because I have such a promising life. I...
    louisthe17th louisthe17th 46-50, M Apr 4

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    I'm far too childlike

    for my age. I've been the innocent kid that adults liked, and it seems I'm still young today. Honestly? I hate it. Because I'm childlike I don't date. Not only am I childlike but I also suffer from severe social anxiety. So to women I'm always the quiet shy introvert who avoids...
    aeinhardt aeinhardt 18-21, M 1 Response 3 hrs ago

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    If im at school i can't really move in anyway

    because im scared to do something wrong in front of other people..like everyday at school im just waiting for myself to do something wrong or just look stupid while doing something, scared someone will notice whatever i do
    Celine1804 Celine1804 13-15, F 2 Responses 4 days ago

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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 have my brother cut my hair,

    so that i don't have to go to the barbershop and talk to the hair-stylist.
    chaekowski chaekowski 26-30, M 3 hrs ago

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    Just starting on a new building site & it's

    massive with lots going on, looks so daunting, feeling so anxious right now
    superfreak19891 superfreak19891 31-35, M 1 day 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 13 Responses Jan 8

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    I used to associate shyness

    as a bad thing. There was never day month or year that people would point that out about me. I didn't have too many friends when I was little. I shyed away from my peers because I was afraid of what they would think of me. I didn't what was worse opening up my mouth or keeping...
    Candycane711 Candycane711 22-25, F 2 Responses 3 days 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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    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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    SunshineAnderson13 SunshineAnderson13 22-25, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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