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I Have Social Anxiety

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    I hate feeling lonely

    and being too scared to reach out to others
    tsubakiblossom tsubakiblossom 22-25, F 1 Response 2 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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    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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    Everything is fine around close friends

    and family members. I find myself to be fairly interesting, then when I'm out in public I try to say as little as possible. I get so nervous that it's almost like I lose control of what I'm saying. I act like a bland idiot, there's really no other way of putting it. I would do...
    censmith55 censmith55 22-25, M 1 Response 3 days ago

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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.
    BridieBird BridieBird 16-17, F 3 Responses 17 hrs ago

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    It's really tough I hardly talk to any1

    but my cat , and I don't like going out anymore
    dailybake dailybake 22-25, M 6 Responses Jun 22

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    Inside this shell is a cloistered soul,

    greatly intimidated by the outside world. Such a vast distance created by doing so little in such a small space. They drift into dream-like mementos, pushed away by this incredible repulsion. A hardened layer to protect the fragility within decimates the will to open...
    yopu yopu 26-30 2 Responses Jun 22

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    ToriKilljoy ToriKilljoy 18-21, F 10 Responses Jan 20

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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 a week ago

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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 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    I hate this place ..husband loves it .

    .considering moving . I have an opportunity soon if all goes as planned I'm moving...love him but this place is heartbreaking
    imissdnce imissdnce 31-35, F 1 Response Jun 23

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    Even when I'm alone,

    even just typing this out is almost painful for me. I just want to erase it and forget about posting this and the thought of even posting it makes me cry. i think its silly and ridiculous of me but i can't help it. For the past four years I've been shutting myself away. I can't...
    alicat13 alicat13 18-21, F 6 Responses 5 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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    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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    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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    NatashaRose NatashaRose 18-21, F 4 Responses Jan 25

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    No one that doesn't have social anxiety can

    really understand the effort it takes to get up and go somewhere you know has people everywhere... My social anxiety makes me feel like I'm being analyzed by everyone around me and like I'm being ridiculed. I get so anxious that sometimes I have to tell myself in my mind how to...
    PlanetGaia PlanetGaia 18-21, F 4 days ago

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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 5 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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    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 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 freak out whenever anyone

    even looks at me in public.. :/
    montanagonewrongx3 montanagonewrongx3 18-21, F 9 Responses Nov 21, 2014

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    Do any of you can give me some advice

    or like tips on dating with social anxiety?
    toughbaby toughbaby 18-21, F 8 Responses Jun 14

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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 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 5 days ago

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    I really like this girl

    and classes are over now but we still talk online. I don't know how to tell her I like her. I mean she says I'm really funny but I don't know if I should tell her and if I could even get the courage to. I need some advice.
    Scott32Cool Scott32Cool 16-17, M 2 Responses Jun 14

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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 1 day ago

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    I just arrived for a job orientation.

    (I'm early.) Of course I'm really nervous and I have no idea what's going to happen. I just hope I survive this...
    junipery junipery 13-15, F 4 Responses Jun 22

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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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    People have been ostracizing me

    and excluding me all my life. I felt like whenever I spoke I was being ignored; so I stopped speaking. I lost the ability to converse with people and now when I find myself in groups I am always the silent and awkward one. I lost my job because I couldn't perform the tasks it...
    Purrkittyy Purrkittyy 18-21, F 3 Responses Jun 19

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    Why is it so hard for me to do anything?

    I can't even explain the fears I get from going in public and people looking at me.. Or even being around people .
    toxicpastels toxicpastels 13-15, F 3 Responses Jun 22

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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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    halohai halohai 18-21, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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    I thought online would be a good place to start

    getting used to talking to people (since I can't face to face) but I'm having just as much anxiety sending messages as I would conversing in person... Any tips to calm down before I end up deleting my account like I've done every time before?
    momenti momenti 18-21, F 2 Responses Jun 20

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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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    ThatGuyEveryoneHates ThatGuyEveryoneHates 18-21, M 6 Responses Dec 8, 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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    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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    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 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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    What is it about me,

    that causes everything to dislike me so much?
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Jun 19

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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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    Does anyone in this group also date someone

    with social anxiety? What's the relationship like?
    akaShaun akaShaun 16-17, M 4 Responses Jun 23

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

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    I know u have social anxiety ,

    not to self diagnose, but. some of you people know the feeling when you can't breathe. that sweaty blood rush . feel scared . I'm so tiered of it . every time I goto the doctor for my head aches I try to tell her but she always suggests it's something else due to my parents...
    SJsmith23 SJsmith23 13-15, F 1 Response Jun 13

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