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I Have Social Anxiety

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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 2 days ago

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    My heart leaps out finding this site,

    knowing that I'm not the only one who has this SA. I feel you all. I wish we could overcome whatever burden we have. :))
    tawless tawless 18-21, M 6 Responses May 16

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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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    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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    Hi I don t know what should I say

    but I am trying to keep head up All my hightschool life was horible because of my apereance I know that I am not pretty my face is ugly my eyes are big my nose is big I don t have feminity at all I know and I tried to focus on my studies but I could not everyday teachers wached...
    ANALIA4 ANALIA4 18-21, F 4 Responses May 18

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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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    I didn't know how bad my social anxiety was

    until recently. It has effected me negatively in the following.. I recently declined a career altering job interview because I was just too nervous to follow through. I have declined many outings with friends just because I dread thinking about the conversations and starting...
    kikimayes kikimayes 22-25, F 5 Responses May 16

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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 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 get ditched a lot by "friends"

    and I always feel like its my fault. Just happened today as well. Do they recognize my social anxiety and get a kick out of exploiting it?
    niceguyswin23 niceguyswin23 18-21, M 2 Responses 3 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'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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    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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    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 3 days ago

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    So my friend who has anxiety herself told me

    that I might have social anxiety.....**** :/
    Wompy52 Wompy52 18-21, M 1 Response May 19

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    I just want to be able to live life not

    depending on others. This anxiety makes it hard to do so. I can't even ask strangers what they are up to alone, even if I want to. It's my schools and parents fault. They isolated me from the world, now I am trapped.
    Lolinondoda Lolinondoda 16-17, F 3 Responses 6 days ago

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    Can anyone tell me if having very low almost

    nonexistent self esteem and confidence is considered part of social anxiety?? I feel like worthless ugly fat **** everyday and it makes everything so difficult. I spend 3 hours checking myself and "getting ready" and mentally preparing myself before I step out of the house, even...
    rileystella rileystella 22-25, F 4 Responses 3 days ago

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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've never even been diagnosed with anxiety

    before, but I KNOW I have it. My parents refuse to take me to a psychiatrist, I've seriously begged them to take me, and I can't go by myself. I'm actually contemplating suicide, anytime I get close to a crowd, I feel like I'm suffocating, and I just start crying...
    kaylynx kaylynx 16-17, F 6 Responses 3 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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    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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    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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    I struggle everyday to interact with people I

    know as well as strangers. Whenever I'm in a social setting I become very anxious. I just wish I knew how to take control and interact with people with more ease and less of a racing mind.
    Desmondhume1 Desmondhume1 18-21, M 2 Responses 21 hrs ago

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    I promised someone I would go to her baby

    shower today. I don't know anyone else but her there. I was trying to think if ways to get out of it but I can't. I been freaking out all week because of it. I literally can't function in situations like that. It's only 2 hours long so I'm planning on showing up late and leaving...
    hiddenjem hiddenjem 22-25, F 9 Responses 4 days 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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    My anxiety has literally gotten

    so bad I can't even participate in gym at school because of the fear of people making fun of me.. or saying something to me. I won't go into a store by myself or do anything. does anyone know how to make it easier..?
    XxBonesExposedxX XxBonesExposedxX 13-15, F 4 Responses May 15

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    invertedcocaine invertedcocaine 22-25, F 3 Responses Nov 1, 2014

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    People suck. I think I'm just going to continue

    to live out my days as a hermit with my cat.
    ambivalentFriability ambivalentFriability 18-21 2 Responses May 17

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    Is sending one of your friends up to the

    cashier with the money instead of doing it yourself,just to get out of the store and away from everybody considered social anxiety? cause I do that. lmao
    HenryYamada HenryYamada 18-21, M 5 Responses 4 days ago

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

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    Yep.. I wonder what it feels like to be

    normal I don't think i'll ever know...
    silentkillxc1 silentkillxc1 18-21, F 9 Responses May 16

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    ToriKilljoy ToriKilljoy 18-21, F 10 Responses Jan 20

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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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    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 Apr 16

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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 2 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 7 Responses Apr 12

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    I have really bad social anxiety

    and my school don't that it's a serious problem and they punish me for not going into lessons and it's now that bad I couldn't do my gcse exam today I need help!
    zib131 zib131 16-17, M 5 Responses May 18

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    On many days like today my heart races

    and I feel clammy like I am constantly on the verge of passing out while trying to remain vigilant (so many eyes and facial expressions and tones). I stumble clumsily over words and make obvious mistakes because my panicked mind blanks; perfect fodder for agonising and...
    3naturespice3 3naturespice3 22-25 4 Responses 5 days ago

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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 2 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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    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 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 1 day ago

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    NatashaRose NatashaRose 18-21, F 4 Responses Jan 25

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    I need to tell someone

    because it is getting worse but every time I think about telling a friend I just get worked up and decide against it. I have tried to tell my closest friend about some problems I'm having with my brother but she wouldn't listen so I don't know what to do
    puppyl0ve puppyl0ve 13-15, F 2 Responses May 17

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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 7 Responses Nov 1, 2014

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    I was filling balloons

    for a customer and started shaking for no reason. I couldn't even use the computer to print out a price sticker.
    awsumm awsumm 22-25, M 2 Responses 11 hrs ago

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