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I Have Social Anxiety

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    As an intern, I think it's expected

    that we will say and/or do stupid ****. However, sometimes I think I go beyond that and have to suffer the consequence of humiliating myself in front of PhD scientists. Maybe they just shrug it off as an intern deal, but my anxiety with speaking to the higher ups I work for has...
    crypticcrime crypticcrime 18-21, F 3 Responses Jul 21

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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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    Sometimes, if I'm in a public place with too

    many people, I will cringe and cower away from people I walk too close to. I just fear their thoughts. What if they think badly of me?
    JSylvia1015 JSylvia1015 13-15, F 4 Responses 4 days 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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    Me: Why wasn't I invited!

    ? Friend:......um... You wouldn't have come to it anyways.. Me: well no, I wouldn't have. But still, that's no the point.
    Bflyboo14 Bflyboo14 13-15, F 4 Responses Jul 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'm very proud of myself lately

    because I did lots of things this last week I've always been scared to do. These things include ordering a drink at starbucks and sitting outside in a public place, sucking up my insecurities and talk on the phone with someone who I've known for 2 years, sending a message to get...
    Hipstercatlover Hipstercatlover 16-17, F 8 Responses 2 days ago

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    NatashaRose NatashaRose 18-21, F 3 Responses Jan 25

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    I have a very deep seated fear of being

    socially rejected. I had an abusive father and got bullied as a child. I also got bullied in high school and am now in very bad relationships with people and some girls don't like me for no reason when I barely know them and guys who ask me out act hostile to me sometimes. I...
    Justventingg Justventingg 18-21, F Jul 20

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    Did someone just mention "Vicious Cycle?

    " Ah, well. Suffering from social anxiety pretty much screams it. You want to get yourself in that certain place to learn how to fit in...to go with the flow, or engineer it to your whims if you're just that goddamned charming... But then once you've started down into the deep...
    Ewoo Ewoo 16-17 7 hrs ago

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    How do you make friends?

    Just wondering because I feel like I'm wasting my life being so alone.
    StrangeDisaster StrangeDisaster 18-21, F 8 Responses 2 days ago

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    I have a family reunion on saturday

    and i'm so anxious and scared .. Can anybody give me some ways to cope? I don't want to have a nervous breakdown in front of everyone and embarrass myself!
    KaylaCherie KaylaCherie 13-15, F 2 Responses 22 hrs ago

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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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    I have trouble still

    when trying to make phone calls, its always been something that's gotten me extremely anxious which is silly to me and embarrassing but I can't control it. Also when I go to appointments its the same thing for me. Trying to figure out how to challenge this
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses 4 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 6 Responses Apr 12

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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 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 have trouble appearing

    for interviews. I completely blanked on my PhD interview last week. I get so nervous, just hate myself sometimes.
    saysomethingbeautiful saysomethingbeautiful 22-25, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    Its so frustrating. Especially

    when everyone just thinks I'm overreacting when in reality its the most frightening thing to me. A lot of my friends have jobs. I really want to get one but I'm terrified of having to go through a job interview. Then if I actually got the job I'd most likely have to do a job...
    Jessica4729 Jessica4729 16-17, F 2 Responses Jan 7

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    Any one else feel this weird sometimes ?

    I love love love my close friends . They are like my sisters . I love hanging out with them . But I hate being in large crowds . I was at the dog beach in Chicago on the Fourth of July , came home exhausted and crying !
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses 1 day ago

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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 have a job interview tomorrow afternoon

    and I've been freaking out about it for days now. Anyone kind enough to share any tips with me? It's my second job interview I've ever had, and I don't want to screw it up by being overly anxious and nervous. Thanks in advance! Greatly appreciated. :)
    AcousticSoul17 AcousticSoul17 16-17, F 1 Response Jul 20

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    roxxann101 roxxann101 13-15, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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

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    I was signing up for my classes

    and i started thinking how the whole scenario in me being there will play out. Feeling so anxious, my heart racing, slowly getting sweaty. There are things i want to do, having my future dream job but this is just holding me back. It's gotten so bad that i have dropped multiple...
    reversethetime reversethetime 18-21, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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    I could never tell someone this,

    but sometimes I'm just minding my own business and I feel people are staring at me when they actually aren't!? I don't know if I'm the only one that does that but I don't think it's normal... That's why I don't talk about it.
    warez94 warez94 18-21, F 4 Responses 6 days ago

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    Hate living in a world

    where being shy is seen as a bad thing and pointed out to you all the time to make you feel even worse and make you more quiet!
    Eeee15 Eeee15 18-21, F 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    I am so afraid of working full time

    for a REAL company. I worked three part time jobs in college but they were campus jobs and the stakes were a lot lower. I'm just afraid of feeling or looking stupid. I also hate dealing with mean people. HELLO REAL WORLD :)
    littlemissdazed littlemissdazed 22-25, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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    Hi guys please read? Ok well basically I don't

    think I've really felt this way before When I'm walking home from school I get this feeling that people are criticizing me and when people I hear people laughing I always think they're laughing at me but I know they probably aren't I also find it hard to order at restaurants...
    uglyloner uglyloner 18-21, F 1 Response 1 hr 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 4 Responses Jul 2

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    I think I really really like (love?

    ) someone but I'm always tell myself that I'm not good enough for her. She is the most caring person I know and she doesn't deserve someone like me. I just wish I could make her as happy as she does to me.
    AWalkingCliche AWalkingCliche 16-17, M 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    I am not sure if anyone feels this way

    but I just don't feel good about myself . I just feel ugly unattractive and sometimes I don't even feel like a person . I feel devalued and unimportant . Sorry I am so negative but this is how I feel , yes I have someone I talk to on a weekly basis . I want my daughter to feel...
    itsmejenny itsmejenny 36-40, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    ToriKilljoy ToriKilljoy 18-21, F 10 Responses Jan 20

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    Not sure how or what to say to doctor

    when I book an appointment to tell them about my social anxiety, really want help. No idea where to start I know I will get nervous and mess up
    Eeee15 Eeee15 18-21, F 3 Responses 22 hrs ago

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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 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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    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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    For the first time in 7 months I actually feel

    like having a nice normal conversation with someone but of course I'm too scared to message anyone. ._. Awesome.
    trashsash trashsash 16-17, F 1 day 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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    theyloverichar1 theyloverichar1 13-15, F Jul 20

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    I can start hyperventilating.

    It's gotten that bad. I just always feel like someone is judging me. Like, no one wants me around. When somebody tries to talk to me, I just freeze up and can't manage anything out my mouth.
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses a week 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 don't like to sit or stand too close to

    strangers. I need lots of personal space when I go out in public or else I get weirded out and uncomfortable.
    BlotOutTheSun BlotOutTheSun 22-25, M 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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