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I Have Social Anxiety

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    I'm tired of having social anxiety

    and feeling like I don't have any friends /: I got invited to 2 parties tonight and I stayed in because I didn't want to go by myself... but this is all the time, and one of those birthday parties was one of my really close friends in which I have never gone to her party but she...
    KrisMiss KrisMiss 22-25, F 14 Responses Feb 22

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    When you walk by a group of people

    and they start laughing...it's the worst feeling.
    Erikaaaaa Erikaaaaa 13-15, F 10 Responses Jan 8

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    Gettin' Better... Much Better

    I've had my own struggles with social anxiety for most of my life.  I always knew that there were some people out there who genuinely liked me and were attracted to me, but I never knew why.  Also I thought that I had something to prove to almost...
    heyMayne heyMayne 18-21, M 28 Responses Sep 3, 2009

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    i want to be one of those people

    that practically live their lives outside. but every time i step out of the house, i get anxious and want to go back in. i care too much about what ppl think of me, i really hate the pressures of saying hi or waving and stuff like that when i see someone i know or don't know...
    dat1kiid dat1kiid 16-17 2 Responses Jul 19

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    I can barely talk to anyone without feeling

    awkward. My ex had social problems too, so when he moved out of state we kind of just babbled nonsensically into a 'breakup'... I mean, I guess you can call it a breakup, since we don't talk anymore. But aaaaanyway, I'm really sorry if you message me and I don't respond- either...
    JustOldLight JustOldLight 13-15, F 1 hr ago

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    Why Me?...

    When i was young i was a happy child who talked a lot and was sociable, But that all changed when i started my first year of primary school. I was bullied constantly and abused both mentally and physically, The bullies turned everyone in the school against me, it was basicly a...
    Unreality Unreality 18-21, M 45 Responses Mar 30, 2009

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    Today was another crappy day.

    I think mostly because I am starting to feel bored. My little sister is on a vacation with her boyfriend, and I am left her with my overprotective parents. I simply couldn't relax today. Felt totally ADD and basically just wanted to bury my head in the sand. When I feel like...
    Skywalker1979 Skywalker1979 31-35, M 17 hrs ago

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    I seriously cannot stand the way I look.

    I am so darkskinned. Im manly looking because im tall. And Im so skinny. My face is also not beautiful. I have nrvef had a boyfriend and I have social anxiety because I dont go out in public. Im sodisgusting and will never have anybody lobve me. Im sick and tired of getting...
    horridlife horridlife 18-21, F 9 Responses Jul 12

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    I certainly have social anxiety

    but not to the point that I cannot function socially at all. But each time that I go into a social situation, I do need to mentally prepare myself. Many years ago, I suffered from Agoraphobia. After a lot of work and the help of a therapist, family, and a few passing friends I...
    NerdyGirl78 NerdyGirl78 36-40, F 4 Responses 1 day ago

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    This weekend I have been visiting my

    grandfather on he fathers side. And of course that meant multiple visits from my dad's cousins and other people I have never met. Add to that several un-scheduled restaurant experiences. And I just felt my social anxiety crawl back and inside of me. I got the nervousness, and...
    Skywalker1979 Skywalker1979 31-35, M 1 Response 3 days ago

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    I hate how close minded my parents are.

    They fail to believe anything is wrong with me and everyone else with problems and they blame it on me being "lazy" which only seems like that because I have really bad social anxiety and I literally can't talk to anyone in school without wanting to cry because one little tiny...
    katherinejaneee katherinejaneee 16-17, F 12 Responses Dec 19, 2013

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    To all the people that think I'm just shy

    and just need to put myself out there more. All I can say is, "I wish it were that easy, I wish you understood how serious this is..." -M.
    MMckay15 MMckay15 22-25, F 5 Responses Dec 5, 2013

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    I Wonder What Would Happen If

    everyone who was having anxiety wore a shirt saying "I Have Anxiety". I think we would all be amazed. I think we would all stop and hug each other. I think we would see that we are not alone, and that the people we *think* are judging us are actually too busy dealing with their...
    BebeKitten BebeKitten 26-30, F 5 Responses Aug 29, 2013

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    I get really angry at people

    who think it's a fashion statement to state they have a mental disorder i.e social anxiety, depression, self harm and suicidal tendencies (all of which I have suffered with) because I believe it's disrespectful on the people who have been diagnosed by a doctor.
    emilythespacecat emilythespacecat 13-15, F 2 Responses 15 hrs ago

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    I havent been diagnosed yet

    but Im pretty sure I have it. Doctors say I have disorder. It sucks. I started feeling this way almost at the end of my first year in college. I had a job, own apartment, car and all this I manage to lose because of this unpleasant feeling. I cant look ppl in the face, barely...
    flight12 flight12 18-21, M 3 Responses 4 days ago

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    Sometimes it's hard to remember

    that I used to be comfortable around people as a kid. Since I was 9 or 10 years old I've had trouble going to school. At first I had no idea why. My parents dragged me from therapist to therapist, which didn't lead anywhere at all. In the meantime I started to avoid my friends...
    Nakuki Nakuki 22-25 2 Responses Jul 13

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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

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    Even own here I get scared of talking.

    I never understood why either. Right now I'm shaking while I type this. But I need to try and overcome this fear. I have to.
    ZetaNick ZetaNick 22-25, M 4 Responses Jul 13

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    i have social anxiety

    and it hurts me so much. it hasn't gone to the point that i can't even come up to somebody and speak to them, but every time i talk to someone or dress differently and go out, i have this feeling in my head saying that i'm embarassing myself, and everyone's looking at me because...
    meowshelbs meowshelbs 16-17, F 3 Responses 6 days ago

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    I dwell on an awkward moment much longer

    than necessary, never go anywhere without someone that makes me feel comfortable, follow that person around way too much, worry about being annoying, and hide out in the bathroom and listen to music if I feel too uncomfortable and can't find anybody I know.
    SensitiveSelf SensitiveSelf 13-15 1 Response Jul 17

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    Having social anxiety is probably the worst

    anxiety you could ever have. It's suffocating, embarrassing and just turns you into a social outcast. I have trouble talking to family members. Put me in a room full of strangers and ill want nothing more than to crawl into a little ball. The only way I can be social is if I'm...
    Santos21 Santos21 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 9

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    Anybody have any tips

    or advice to overcome social anxiety? I have a hard time communicating so I can't make any friends. Or if I do, I feel super uncomfortable and boring.
    Maq98 Maq98 16-17, F 5 Responses Jul 18

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    I have lived with SA

    for over 20 years. Never been to the doctor over it. Finally made appointment for Feb. 18th. Very nervous about going but I know if I want to have a normal life I can't cancel. What will the doctor do??
    AmyG40 AmyG40 36-40, F 21 Responses Feb 16

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    All my friends and family say I'm the sweetest

    thing and the truth is I am very kind and sweet. However it's very hard for me to make new friends because I'm very shy and for some reason i have a cold exterior when meeting new people. It hurts a lot because it just happens and my parents alway say I'm being very rude and...
    happyhall happyhall 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 18

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    So I just came back from the store,

    and while I was waiting in line I felt like everyone there was judging me....I felt like they all hate me...I couldn't even talk properly with the cashier because of my anxiety.....I could feel everyone thinking how big of a loser I am...
    Mysoulishurt Mysoulishurt 16-17, F 4 Responses Jun 9

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    Ashley1421 Ashley1421 13-15, F 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 19-21, F 19 Responses Oct 25, 2006

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    My anxiety got the best of me at the store

    today. I don't like staying in public places very long and I try to hurry in and out, but my mom was with me and she's always slow. What tipped me over was the younger people there. What is it with teenagers that makes them so terrifying? I guess it has to do with how I was...
    cricket2121 cricket2121 18-21, F 6 Responses 5 days ago

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    That's not the only thing I have to deal with.

    I have to deal with bitching family members, even though I contribute. I help take care of someone who doesn't even remember much. I can't just get up and leave behind certain responsibilities. and yet I still get some **** from people. to make things worse, I have a general...
    apex2 apex2 22-25, F 3 Responses Jul 18

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    Whenever I'm around people

    or they're trying to talk to me I get so nervous and afraid, I never know what to say or do and I just kind of panic.. I'm so afraid they'll think I'm weird or they'll judge me. I don't know why I'm like that or how to really fix it.
    Tayway22 Tayway22 13-15, F 1 Response 22 hrs ago

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    There Is Hope!

    I'm overcoming my anxiety, and it's surprising. It's been happening in small steps that lead to big change... For example, I now can go to the grocery store on a busy Sunday afternoon without much trouble. This is huge for me!! How did I do it? Each week I decided to go...
    atruelily atruelily 22-25, F 14 Responses Sep 7, 2009

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    I have really bad social anxiety.

    I was at the food store the other day and my friend had to go grab something so I was left alone with the cashier. Then the cashier started talking to me and I started to shake and hyperventilate. My friend eventually came back and we left. Once in the car I bursted into tears...
    PrincessAphrodite PrincessAphrodite 13-15, F 2 Responses Jul 17

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    Pretty Much Ruined Me In High School And College...

    I'm 22 now and I've had s.a.(social anxiety) since I was a freshmen in highschool...uhm, I noticed that I didn't like being in public much because I felt like people were looking at me and judging me. I left my friends and I started hanging out more at the library now, every day...
    PunizhedZoul PunizhedZoul 22-25, F 7 Responses Oct 12, 2011

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    I hate public speaking

    and speeches xp
    ciciyoshi ciciyoshi 13-15, F Jul 14

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    As you can probably guess from the title.

    I suffer from social anxiety. For years now SA has ruled my life, dictating where I go, who I speak to and what I do; but now, and I hesitate to say this aloud in case karma is listening, I seem to be improving. I don't see anyone about it, I've never been formally...
    SubjectiveXPerfection SubjectiveXPerfection 16-17, F 2 days ago

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    I used to be really social in school and over

    the years I have changed dramatically. I wish I could make friends but I don't go out often because I am afraid to even talk to others. My family tell me constantly to go out and meet people but I feel like I am getting judge constantly. I panic at times when I am in public...
    Cristal0330 Cristal0330 22-25, F 9 Responses Jan 18

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    Took the test. Got the diagnosis.

    I have social anxiety. I am in therapy one or two hours each week. It helps to talk, but I have a tight family who simply can't stop having social gatherings each weekend. Sometimes it is almost too much to bear. I get anxious, I almost fainted once and because I live alone, I...
    Skywalker1979 Skywalker1979 31-35, M 4 Responses Jul 19

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    Ugh anyone ever have their face turn red in

    public 24/7 or have sweaty palms? It sucks and its annoying. :u
    Mikaylaxo Mikaylaxo 13-15, F 1 Response Jul 12

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    Some Advice

    Everyone wants to be liked regardless of who is in the room, but most people have the sense to hide that info. As a child I was extremely vulnerable and sensitive, and to make things worse I would hand over my peers the tools to torment me. In my efforts to win a crowd I would...
    Konrad Konrad 22-25, M 4 Responses Feb 23, 2010

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    I have to third wheel my friend with a fella

    that she really likes but I've never met him and I'm shaking because I have to make a good impression
    onlinebae onlinebae 16-17, F 2 Responses Jul 17

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    This Thing

    I have to hide away from you Though I know you’ll do no harm Seeing the rest of the day through In my place of peace and calm Feeling like dying in my den When really I’d kill to see you again I want to share a laugh A smile, a hug or kiss If only this Thing would let me...
    Catcher94 Catcher94 18-21, M 2 Responses Nov 17, 2013

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    I have debilitating social anxiety.

    I am 29 and have had this problem ever since i could remember. It got worse during high school. I would not be able to eat during lunch over the fear that people might be looking at me. I sometimes went to the restroom stalls and just sat there in hunger. I was called the quiet...
    rangelb85 rangelb85 26-30, M 9 Responses Jul 17

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    I used to show dogs and I had to stop

    because I would get panic attacks in the ring. I'm a fairly good drummer and I can't even play in front of anybody due to anxiety. I feel like it's ruining my life. I feel hopeless and that it's stopping me from so many things in life. I can't stand it anymore.
    mjones284 mjones284 16-17, F 2 Responses Jul 12

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    It's gotten worse recently.

    It's to the point where unless I have to do something, I don't leave my house. School, doctor's office or whatever is the only thing I leave for. The last time I did something "fun" outside is when my brother visited and we went and saw a movie. I need to get over this, but it's...
    ShyRy ShyRy 18-21, F 14 Responses May 25

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    - I hate eating dinner at other people's houses

    - I hate asking for things - I can't make eye contact - Class presentations make me want to throw up - I don't order my own food at a restaraunt - I could never have a boyfriend because if I was alone with him it would scare me and yeah - Sometimes my friends take me with them...
    Ashley1421 Ashley1421 13-15, F 2 Responses Jul 18

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    I recalled my classmate in high school before.

    She teased me indirectly 'cause I seem weird, sad, and wimpy. She was irritated at me at times. Many people thought I'm like this 'cause of the domestic problems that I encountered. I wish it was only that easy if it's really all about domestic problems. Nonetheless, to whomever...
    deleted deleted 26-30 5 Responses Dec 28, 2013

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    I Can'T Take It Anymore

    I have social anxiety SO bad to the point where I feel like I'm not standing or sitting right, and if I don't say certain things at certain times with a certain tone I will make other people feel awkward. I would LOVE somebody to talk to that won't get uncomfortable or bored that...
    freeebird freeebird 18-21, F 5 Responses Oct 15, 2013

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    My Heart Races

    And I can't breath. I can't think straight since I wander how much if an *** I'm making of myself. I can't control my emotions. I try to think of something clever to say but only gibberish comes out. I can hear the person I am talking to laughing inside. I shut down and hide
    SlickFX SlickFX 31-35, M 7 Responses Jan 19, 2013

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    Um who else hates/hated Socratic seminars.

    . My English teacher never called on me to speak in front of the class and I never even told him I had social anxiety.. I assume he just knew or thought I had some weird problem xD... I'm so grateful for that though and I wish more people would understand.... It really sucks.
    Niqua0507 Niqua0507 16-17, F 1 Response Jul 16

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    To those that have social anxiety,

    I want to remind you that you are not your anxiety. Do not let it define you. I know behind those irrational fears and involuntary impulses is a sane person waiting to be set free. I know it is like being stuck in a prison of the mind. You are not alone!
    athion64 athion64 18-21, M 4 Responses Apr 7

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    I'm a 20 year old woman,

    I should NOT be home right now. This is just yet another weekend where I stay in all day and night. This is ridiculous. I ******* hate it.
    freeebird freeebird 18-21, F 6 Responses May 23

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    ill be that person that acts

    so super confident at home like ill dance and ill be super happy and what not but once Im in a situation where I have to talk to someone I don't know I literally don't know what to do like I've started to ignore so many people because of this, and then I worry that people hate...
    katherinejaneee katherinejaneee 16-17, F 8 Responses Dec 17, 2013

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    All Alone.

    Hi I have or I think I have social anxiety. Here's my story: When I was 8, my family moved and I had to move to a new school. That's when it started. I was REALLY shy. It got so bad I went weeks without saying anything all day. I started feeling really depressed I stopped eating...
    Wowwawa Wowwawa 13-15, F 7 Responses Dec 18, 2012

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