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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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    *goes to party and awkwardly follows friend

    around the whole time* *goes to reunion, awkwardly follows mom around the whole time* *goes to hell, awkwardly follows Satan around the whole time*
    deleted deleted 26-30 9 Responses Aug 19, 2015

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    I recently started a new job

    and all people can say is how quiet I am. I am very shy around new people. I have made a few friends but I hate not knowing how to converse in social situations especially in the break room when people are eating lunch. It's gotten a bit easier but every where I work I never...
    freespiritednurse freespiritednurse 26-30, F 4 Responses Jan 20

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    Why Me?...

    When i was young i was a happy child who talked a lot and was sociable, But that all changed when i started my first year of primary school. I was bullied constantly and abused both mentally and physically, The bullies turned everyone in the school against me, it was basicly a...
    Unreality Unreality 18-21, M 51 Responses Mar 30, 2009

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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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    I have no friends and I get really nervous in

    social situations where I start to shake uncontrollably, get light headed and sometimes swear. I feel that I am like this because I have a speech impediment and scared people will mock or judge me
    PSOM PSOM 22-25, M 8 Responses Jan 30

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    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Jan 25, 2015

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    I hate when you hear someone say "Hi,

    how are you?" And you respond and it's awkward as is then you turn and see someone else standing there too and you don't know which of you the hello was meant for then you tense up for such a silly reason then you remember why you have social anxiety.
    ACWK226 ACWK226 22-25, F 3 Responses 5 days ago

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    I suffer from hyperhidrosis

    or excessive sweating. Does anyone else in the UK suffer from this?
    pbarn pbarn 31-35, M 4 Responses 2 days ago

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    I have to make a phone call to set up an

    appointment for a PET scan but I can't get up the courage to do it. :(
    sikkacyanide sikkacyanide 22-25, F 8 Responses 4 days ago

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    Dating website Sure to get babes flocking

    Intense bipolar Broken and diseased Lol Flunked the sell your good points class Went with honest But my fear now Has me saying it will never work And my fear of outside brings sad So How to cure that Remember functioning aint a must If theres...
    JustBipolarMe JustBipolarMe 46-50, M Jan 21

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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 8 Responses Nov 30, 2014

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    I start a course tomorrow

    and I'm so anxious new classmates new teachers it's making me sick thinking about it
    anestacia anestacia 18-21, F 5 Responses Jan 30

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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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    ToriKilljoy ToriKilljoy 18-21, F 10 Responses Jan 20, 2015

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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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    Last night, I took a nap around 5 oclock,

    the buildings fire alarm sounded off. Ripped from sleep, I pulled on pants and winter clothes to join my neighbors on the sidewalk. I trembled and my voice quivered as I tried to make casual small talk. Humiliating. Now I am waiting for a Skype interview for a job I do not want...
    Starbr1ght Starbr1ght 22-25, F 3 Responses Jan 27

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    It's my friend's birthday tonight.

    I'm all ready to go out and drink with her family and friends. Then it hits me; I have never been to this bar, never met these people before, and there is no one to bring with me. Now I'm planning a phoney excuse to get out of going
    mlamla mlamla 26-30, F 5 Responses 3 days ago

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    'Why are you so quiet?

    ' I hate being asked this question. I'm quiet because I don't have anything to say to you and I'd rather not be asked intrusive questions about my life. Just because you are extroverted and sociable doesn't mean that everyone else is the same.
    Chirieleison Chirieleison 22-25, M 6 Responses Jan 25

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    I'm psyching myself out right

    now when I shouldn't be. This will destroy me so much.
    Peterpansxwifey Peterpansxwifey 16-17, F 1 Response 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.
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Dec 2, 2014

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    Sometimes I just feel like giving up.

    Waking up everday carrying this pain of social anxiety is ruining my life. I have days where im positive and optimistic, then I have days like today where everything seems hopeless. Trying to make eye contact, trying to start a convosation, dreading any kind of attention...
    painfullyconfident painfullyconfident 22-25, M 3 Responses 2 days 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, 2015

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    They say if you really focus on the other

    person (to whom you're interacting with) you feel less anxious and sometimes you don't feel anxious at all. It's not thinking about what they're thinking about you but really focusing what he/she is saying. So I tried it few times.. I actually felt awesome after that. Just...
    nousernameindeed nousernameindeed 18-21, F Jan 25

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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 16-17, F 10 Responses Apr 16, 2015

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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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    Im so, so proud of myself!

    Today I had my college audition, and I had to wake up at 5am to get ready, (I didn't go to bed until 1am last night, so I'm running off not even 4 hours of sleep.) have enough time to eat, shower, do my makeup, and all that stuff. The university's about an hour away, and I had...
    Hipstercatlover Hipstercatlover 16-17, F 6 Responses 2 days ago

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    I suffer from hyperhidrosis

    and want to arrange a uk meetup for fellow sufferers. who would be interested?
    pbarn pbarn 31-35, M Jan 22

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    I always feel like I have no real friends,

    only class mates, even don't have a girl friend to chat with, and lonely is gonna kill me
    dentista93 dentista93 22-25, M 2 Responses Jan 27

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    ogkev ogkev 26-30, M 1 Response 3 days ago

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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 5 Responses Apr 12, 2015

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    I used to go to a gym class twice a week with

    my neighbour but I moved and she stopped going so I stopped too. I HATE going places alone. I feel like a clown with all eyes on me. But that's no way to live so I'm going alone tonight and plan to stick to my 2+ day a week schedule again. Even if that means going really...
    ACWK226 ACWK226 22-25, F 5 Responses 6 days ago

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    I don't know how to speak to people.

    When I do I just become awkward and lost. I think that's why people avoid me, or do I do it myself?
    KT3535 KT3535 13-15, F 1 Response Jan 25

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    I finally went to a counsellor.

    That was embaresing..I kept talking "blah blah blah" even though she had to go somewhere, I think I just ignored it. I am not going there again.
    nousernameindeed nousernameindeed 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 23

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    HannahMartinez653 HannahMartinez653 18-21, F 5 Responses Jan 21

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    I find it so ******* frustrating

    when people say "Just relax, you'll be fine" "Don't think about it" "Just breathe" Or the beloved "you're overthinking" YEAH NO **** SHERLOCK.
    deleted deleted 26-30 9 Responses Aug 26, 2015

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    There is this one guy in my class

    who I have worked with in some group projects (groups chosen by teacher), who I think really shares my humor and is really easy to talk to, but I can't spend any time with him because he is in another social group in school. Since I know this, every time I meet him now I just...
    RiverMountain RiverMountain 22-25, F 3 Responses 5 days ago

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    I can't stand when people use this

    as an excuse to avoid life by choice. Too many people claim social anxiety when, really, they're just lazy and don't want to have to do things everyone else does on a daily basis, including those that actually have social anxiety. Of course, I'm speaking about someone specific...
    omgwut omgwut 41-45, M 4 Responses Jan 30

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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...
    vonengel96 vonengel96 18-21, F 21 Responses Nov 7, 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 9 Responses Dec 28, 2014

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    I get a lot of anxiety

    but it only seems to effect me when in eating in public
    lesley2456 lesley2456 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 21

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    I'm not sure if anyone feels

    or has felt this way too but I'm feel so anxious that I can't even express myself on social media in fear of what people will think of me. It seems like everyone is ok with doing Instagram or Facebook and all that but I can't. I don't know why I can't be myself in person or...
    aquamoongoddess aquamoongoddess 22-25, F 1 Response Jan 30

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    ogkev ogkev 26-30, M 4 Responses Jan 22

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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 26-30, F 12 Responses Jan 8, 2015

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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 13 Responses