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I Have Social Anxiety

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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 14 Responses Jan 26

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    Wasted all of my days of summer.

    Now I start my first year of highschool on Monday with no friends in any of my classes since I'm the new girl... Just the thought of it makes me break down ..
    kxtrinx kxtrinx 13-15, F 3 Responses Aug 22

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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.
    Bflyboo14 Bflyboo14 13-15, F 10 Responses 5 days ago

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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 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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    MY BIGGEST PET PEEVE: When people act

    'depressed' or think they have 'social anxiety' to fit in or do it for attention, when there are others out there who are actually diagnosed and have it way worse. I actually have a social disorder that affects me day to day. A few months ago I remember my friend saying 'I'm so...
    Hipstercatlover Hipstercatlover 16-17, F 5 Responses Aug 23

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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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    School starts in two days

    and I have no idea how I'm going to handle it. I've never actually been diagnosed with social anxiety but talking to people has been daunting since I was a little girl. When I was really little I only talked to my family and I remember one guy who kept saying hi to me on purpose...
    captivating23 captivating23 22-25, F 2 Responses 1 day 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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    "The Four Agreements" by Don Miguel

    Ruiz: (Agreement #2 REALLY helps with social anxiety) #2: "Don't Take Anything Personally" "Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and so is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won't...
    LoveIsWithinYou LoveIsWithinYou 26-30, M 1 Response Aug 20

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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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    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...
    ladybug96 ladybug96 18-21, F 21 Responses Nov 7, 2014

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    ... and this can really be a problem.

    In my chosen career field, I must interact with large numbers of people on a regular basis. I must "network" and "connect" constantly, and must always be "on". Sounds like a machine more than a person, but that's the truth of it. I love my job, and the product of it, but I can...
    JackLawson91 JackLawson91 22-25, M 1 Response 1 day 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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    My social anxiety is really effecting my life.

    I've been with my dad for a week and now I'm feeling sick going back to my mum.
    conflictinglives conflictinglives 13-15, M 3 days ago

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    A letter to my friends I'm sorry,

    I'm so sorry that I can never be the friend you deserve. I'm sorry I bail out of hanging out so much. I'm sorry that I stay behind you when we go somewhere new. I'm sorry that I'm so quiet and seclude myself most of the time. I'm sorry that I embarrass you, when I get scared to...
    padfootlives padfootlives 13-15, F 1 Response Aug 20

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    I've been looking for new work

    for a while now. I realize it's probably my own fault I haven't found it yet. The prospect of a new environment, new people, new responsibilities..... Omg it has me counting my ativan in my head just thinking about it. I do the applying and resumes and all that, but it's half...
    omgwut omgwut 41-45, M 3 Responses 6 days 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'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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    when people I rarely talk to talk to me,

    my brain just automatically shuts down. I am slow on making a reply so people think Im deaf or mute when im not..
    R3Animated R3Animated 13-15, F 6 Responses a week 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 8 Responses Nov 30, 2014

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    Hi, i've been perscribed zoloft.

    I haven't started yet, i'm just wondering if i should take it in the morning or the evening? Anyone who's taken Ssri meds, what gives least sideeffects? I just want some tips :) And i'm not intrested in being freaked out by horror stories. It works diffrently for everyone. I'm...
    ThinkingCat ThinkingCat 18-21, F 5 Responses 5 days ago

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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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    Classes start again tomorrow.

    I've been going to my college for two years now already and I'm familiar with the campus and my Biology teacher, but I'm still nervous about being in a classroom again. My anxiety is the worst for the first couple of weeks. Plus I got my haircut so I'll be self conscious about...
    sunshinebucky sunshinebucky 18-21, F 6 days ago

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    My life is becoming a struggle between living

    the life I have and am not anxious in, and the life that I want so bad but has so many anxiety bridges that I have to cross.
    Bean2015 Bean2015 18-21, M Aug 23

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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*
    Bflyboo14 Bflyboo14 13-15, F 13 Responses Aug 19

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    I'm going to start exercising regularly by

    running and swimming, but I'm afraid of doing it in the gym. I'm not a good swimmer (I splash a lot, and sink, and I'm slow), so I'll draw a lot of attention, unfortunately. And I'd call myself a runner, but I prefer to be outdoors -- I just can't keep that habit up once there's...
    mugiwara7 mugiwara7 22-25, M 3 Responses 3 days ago

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

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    my brain just shuts off.

    I think this has made me hate everyone including me.
    exliontamer exliontamer 22-25, F 2 Responses Aug 23

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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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    I have universal alopica,

    and that's hurt
    hoopaboba hoopaboba 26-30, M 1 Response 1 day 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 26-30, F 12 Responses Jan 8

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    I'm perfectly fine talking in front of people.

    I have play theater whit audience over 400 people. I can talk to strangers and ask what time it is. But I can't go to parties or social events. I can't talk to people unless I have something to say. On stage I know what to say, and how to react, but when I'm with a lot of people...
    Stanpines Stanpines 18-21, F 3 Responses Aug 23

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    anyone have instagram?

    Mine is Danae Ruff-Robins. I will follow and follow me back if you want
    PeachCreme PeachCreme 18-21, F 12 hrs ago

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    So in gym were going to be starting swimming.

    And 1. I only know 1 kid in my class and it's the one kid I like. 2. I straighten my hair everyday .. So that's gonna get ****** up. 3. It's 2 days a week for 10 weeks (40 minutes ) and 4. I don't want to wear a bathing suit in front of everyone. And if I "forget" my bathing...
    kxtrinx kxtrinx 13-15, F 1 Response 4 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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    cleodaclark cleodaclark 13-15, F 2 Responses 1 day ago

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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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    NatashaRose NatashaRose 18-21, F 3 Responses Jan 25

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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 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

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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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    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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    You know those spray tanning booths you go into

    and it's like a misty shower? I'd love one of those, but I'd load that sucker up with antiperspirant.
    omgwut omgwut 41-45, M 1 Response 6 days ago

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    My social anxiety is a huge problem in my life

    and is the reason I cry most nights thinking about my life. My social anxiety is rooted in a possible case of Aspergers. I say possible because when I went to the doctor about it they couldn't be bothered to recommend me to a specialist so I'll never know for sure but my...
    NicoNicoNii NicoNicoNii 18-21, F 1 day ago

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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