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I Have Social Anxiety

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    i cant start a conversation with a stranger.

    .. i totally freak out thinking that i will sound dumb... however, when i am approached by a stranger i find it very easy to start talking and the conversation flows smoothly...
    tiffaz1984 tiffaz1984 31-35, M 1 Response 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 9 Responses Nov 30, 2014

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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 8 Responses Nov 1, 2014

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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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    lilbiatch lilbiatch 16-17, F 3 Responses a week ago

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    I get really upset when people say its cute I

    mean in some cases I guess my reactions to attention from people can be cute but you don't need to screech about it like damn
    wingsoffreedom wingsoffreedom 16-17, F a week ago

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    I have social Anxiety,

    Whenever I stand in a group I feel I have very low esteem and every other person is better than me .I avoid long conversation and If In Have to speak in a group ,I feel my ears are burning and face getting red . But I am glad I learned how to cope with it and Now I challenge...
    lifenoteasy lifenoteasy 26-30, M 3 Responses a week ago

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    Is it normal to keep isolating yourself

    because you can't talk to people?
    NatashaRose NatashaRose 18-21, F 16 Responses Feb 1

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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 get very nervous when I'm in public,

    and I get even more nervous when I have to engage in conversation with people. Only with friends does this problem go away, but it's hard for me to make friends. I feel like it's actually interfering with my life, because I just cannot approach people. It's like a mental...
    MarioT96 MarioT96 18-21, M 2 Responses a week 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 16-17, F 13 Responses Jan 30

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    I am so embarrassed,

    but I need to let it out. I am terrified of strangers and large crowds of people. This is super unfortunate for me because I want to travel the world and be a Missionary. Once I'm comfortable, I'm fun and energetic. I'm just too afraid to show it for a long period of time.
    traveltonowhere traveltonowhere 22-25, F 3 Responses Feb 19

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    Is it weird I even have social phobia around my

    own mother and I've lived with her all my life. I know she does judge me and has said things.
    1lonelydaisy 1lonelydaisy 41-45 4 Responses 4 days ago

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    NatashaRose NatashaRose 18-21, F 5 Responses Jan 25

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    I am a prisoner of my own mind and,

    strangely, room. I'm unable and unwilling to venture out into the world if I don't have to. My social anxiety and depression only worsen my actions and I can't seem to find the person I used to know.
    Sunflowerdragon Sunflowerdragon 22-25, F 3 Responses 2 days ago

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    Today, was the day my worst nightmare came true.

    My professor asked us last class to form groups for the project at the end of the year. Today, we were suppose to tell him who our group members were. It took me a few minutes, but I finally built up the courage to ask the seemingly nice people next to me if they had room in...
    molliee151 molliee151 22-25, F 5 Responses a week ago

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    It seems like it's other people with anxiety

    problems that like to poke at my anxiety,,
    strawberryletter22 strawberryletter22 18-21, F a week ago

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    Since this is my first post I Im just going to

    say something about me.I suck at forms of human interaction in general. I spend my life hiding and immersed in books, writing, and music. I have social anxiety and get over attached or under attached. I want someone I can just talk to. Not a fake friend who acts the way their...
    FallOutGirl123 FallOutGirl123 16-17, F 6 Responses 6 days ago

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    When people think your reactions are funny

    but you act that way cause you're anxious hahaha ******* hilarious I'm laughing so hard rn,,,
    strawberryletter22 strawberryletter22 18-21, F 1 Response a week 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 13-15, F 2 Responses Jan 7

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

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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 5 Responses Jan 18

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    Blehh, it's taking so long to make a simple

    phone call. Dear self, why you make the simplest things so difficult???
    Chloeeee17 Chloeeee17 18-21, F 13 Responses Sep 2, 2014

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    Does anyone have suggestions on getting over

    social anxiety. Mine is getting worse, anything from going to the grocery store or going to a restaurant. Walking through the store I just want to stare at the ground and pretend I'm the only one around. I even have to choose a cashier who isn't my age so I don't have to worry...
    alyssakayart alyssakayart 18-21, F 13 Responses 3 days ago

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    In school, I had to create a video in Arabic.

    Arabic isn't my first language and people say I sound like a child speaking it. On the day of the presentation, i ran out of the classroom and started hyperventilating in the bathroom because I couldn't stand the embarrassment. I walked back into the classroom afraid of what...
    radsadbrad radsadbrad 13-15, F 3 Responses 3 days 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 18 Responses Jan 26

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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 14 Responses Dec 12, 2014

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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 10 Responses Nov 10, 2014

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    My hands sweat a lot

    and even sometimes my underarms whenever I interact with people. I'm always overly aware of what I think other people are thinking and I usually find myself seeking some type of approval from others. It's crippling my relationships with society because I feel like people judge...
    iPromise2KeepHopeAlive iPromise2KeepHopeAlive 22-25, M 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    how can I be so outgoing

    but afraid to be around people. it's like Einstein being afraid of math.
    Mcduck8982 Mcduck8982 18-21, M 4 Responses a week ago

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    ToriKilljoy ToriKilljoy 18-21, F 9 Responses Jan 20

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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 25 Responses Nov 7, 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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    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 girl came up to me in my class,

    (it's not really a school, it's a place where kids go to pass grades with extra help) and she used to go to the same school as i went to, so we were talking and i could feel myself getting hot and ****. After we were done talking i went to the bathroom and noticed my face was as...
    serenapaul serenapaul 13-15, F 2 Responses a week ago

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    Sweat. I felt actual sweat roll down my back

    the last time I had to be social in a place where I knew no-one. I had hovered on the edge of two conversations, wondered if I'd offended the person who invited me, and briefly exchanged hellos with a couple of outliers who looked as uncomfortable as I felt. And it was a...
    GenevieveH GenevieveH 41-45, F 1 Response Feb 16

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    It's more like anxiety of attention

    or being around crowds. I just can't handle it. I do enjoy people but in small groups of maybe three or four. But I have had this for a good amount of time through my young teen years all the way into adulthood. It sucks because the majority of people I have dated have been...
    TheCutestDragon TheCutestDragon 18-21, F 3 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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    I'm not sure if this qualifies

    as an experience yet because I haven't had this happen yet, but i am going on a class trip next week and i'm really nervous about it. I hate having social anxiety because it makes me hard to talk to people and when i try to i feel that i am only being annoying or will say...
    animegirl63 animegirl63 16-17, F 2 Responses Feb 19

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    summershyanne summershyanne 13-15, F 3 Responses Feb 20

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    So my big cousin that I haven't seen in awhile

    just came over but I just acted like she was a stranger but I don't mean to act that way
    imdifferent97 imdifferent97 16-17, F 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    I don't like being in big groups

    or crowds unless I have someone to cling to. People have always thought I'm rude but really I just am not good at social stuff.
    freeisshe freeisshe 26-30, F 3 Responses Feb 16

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    ThatGuyEveryoneHates ThatGuyEveryoneHates 18-21, M 7 Responses Dec 8, 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 19-21, F 20 Responses Oct 25, 2006

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    How do you know when you have started to love

    someone in a mature way, not puppy love?
    JuneAda72 JuneAda72 18-21, F 5 Responses Feb 19

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    I can never present to save my life.

    my teachers know that I get too nervous and scared to present anything in front of the class but they continue to do so and everytime I do I end up having a panic attack and they don't understand how that affects me. I am at the point where I am too scared to even go to school...
    ss18 ss18 13-15, F 3 Responses 2 days ago

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    I have social anxiety.

    It is worst when I'm driving. I don't even like drivers behind me - it freaks me out. I'm not a bad driver when I'm calm but in traffic or when there are a lot of cars moving in multiple directions (plus pedestrians) I make small mistakes. I feel like my driving is subpar...
    MVPFLF MVPFLF 18-21, M 2 Responses 20 hrs 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 10 Responses Dec 28, 2014

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    I can't even talk to my own family members

    because I never have nothing to say and my mind goes blank. I always think my own family is judging me
    imdifferent97 imdifferent97 16-17, F 6 Responses 5 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...
    Sparkles4Soul Sparkles4Soul 26-30, F 20 Responses Mar 21, 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...