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I Have Social Anxiety

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    TheGirlYouNeverKnew TheGirlYouNeverKnew 18-21, F 4 Responses a week ago

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    I was cheerleader in high school.

    I loved the sport but hated most of the girls on the team because they were fake and typical "popular" wanna bees. People think that because I was a cheerleader I should be out going and extroverted but I get nervous in crowds and meeting new people and most the time they don't...
    KellerKing13 KellerKing13 18-21, F 1 hr 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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    In a room full of people I'm

    that awkward kid in the back trying to avoid eye contact and eating the food.
    Theparadoxoutlook Theparadoxoutlook 18-21, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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

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    It's not easy. It really isn't.

    From my POV, social anxiety is an incurable disease that not even therapy can remedy, regardless of how hard you try to conquer it.
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses Jun 24

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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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    Honestly, IT SUCKS! Sometimes it makes you feel

    like no one it here to make you feel protected or okay.
    deleted deleted 26-30 17 hrs ago

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    Dear anxiety, thanks

    for ruining my life, thanks to you I can't live my life comfortably like everyone else can, I always have to give everything more than a second thought I'm very indecisive because of you I can't go out my comfort zone as I would like to you make it very hard for me to try new...
    slipknotisamazing slipknotisamazing 18-21, F 6 Responses Jun 23

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    ThatGuyEveryoneHates ThatGuyEveryoneHates 18-21, M 6 Responses Dec 8, 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 9 Responses Apr 16

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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 6 Responses Apr 12

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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'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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    This was probably the worst day ever,

    I went to dinner with my mom and sister, I was pretty calm actually.. I got the menu and repeated what I wanted in my mind, At the moment the Lady asked me for my order I forgot.. I couldn't stop staring at everything, I don't know what was on my mind but I felt so lost, My mom...
    uhdextry uhdextry 13-15, F 1 Response 8 hrs ago

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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 can't go out most days.

    If there's too many people, I stop breathing . Too many people staring at me and looking disgusted. I cant stand in a line, the people behind me can see how terrified I am. I get overwhelmed and literally have to run away, I bail out, just running to the exit door. I don't want...
    altochick0290 altochick0290 22-25, F 4 Responses 2 days ago

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    I often feel like apologizing to people

    for just existing in "their" space (in the bus, in college, etc.).
    omnomn omnomn 18-21, F 5 Responses 1 day 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 have been through a lot in my life.

    after my parents divorce and harsh seperation i lived with my dad who was a bit aggressive. he never let me talk to guys or even say hi. he always made me feel anxious as if people were always staring at me and judging me when they weren't. after all these horrible experiences i...
    jessy55 jessy55 18-21, F 2 Responses a week ago

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    I have social anxiety

    and adhd combined im a ball of confusion and never endins thought im good at everything and nothing at the same time its frustating
    imperfectSassMaster imperfectSassMaster 18-21, F 1 Response a week ago

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    Not being able to breathe well

    when around people ..
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response 14 hrs ago

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    At parties I'm the one playing with the dog

    trying to avoid actual human contact.
    Theparadoxoutlook Theparadoxoutlook 18-21, F 5 Responses 2 days ago

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    Being called shy because you're quiet in social

    situations .. I'M NOT SHY, I JUST DONT WANT TO SAY ANYTHING STUPID AND EMBARRASS MYSELF IN FRONT OF EVERYBODY!!
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses 13 hrs 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 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 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 can't talk to people I don't know,

    I choke up and I start to fell sick. When I'm in crouds I always throw up.
    Sevrin77 Sevrin77 13-15, M 1 Response 4 days 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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    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 can't leave my comfort zone

    or I freak out. I've made myself this way. I don't like leaving my house, I never go out with friends. I make excuses up instead of going over their houses. I want this fear to go away, but it won't.
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses 3 days ago

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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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    halohai halohai 18-21, F 1 Response 4 days 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 hate talking to people.

    I can stand in front of a group and give a speech no problem because they are there to hear me. But I can not go up to someone and talk without going into full panic mode. I get sick to my stomach.
    Matthew6288 Matthew6288 36-40, M 1 Response Jun 24

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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 18-21, F 13 Responses Jan 30

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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 saw a guy walking his dog

    when i was walking my dog, so of course i turn around and go home. It surprised me cause i felt confident in how I looked today, but maybe that has little to do with my anxiety. How am i supposed to get it if i can't even make eye-contact with a guy lol
    SaintInHell SaintInHell 18-21, F 3 Responses Jun 24

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    NatashaRose NatashaRose 18-21, F 4 Responses Jan 25

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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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    anyone else feel like he will be more

    comfortable with other people that suffer too from social anxiety? i think that only who suffers too from it could really understand you. id be really happy to have a friend or girlfriend that have social anxiety, a thing that seem impossible to find in the place where i live...
    r3dax1s r3dax1s 26-30, M 1 Response 8 hrs 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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    So I saw two appealing jobs yesterday

    and applied for them, and surprisingly to me got a phone call today in which an interview for next week was arranged, I wish I could be as confident as I was a few years ago so I could just go in and impress, but I know I'll be nervous on the day, especially because I have to...
    DHggmu DHggmu 22-25, M 2 Responses Jun 23

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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 Dec 12, 2014

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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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    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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