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I Have Social Anxiety

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    I've been reflecting on a lot of things today.

    My anxiety level felt like it was through the roof. It probably didn't help that I was pretty hungover. If I could describe what little social interaction I had today it would be 'painfully awkward'. I went to church with my parents because I'm home for the holidays and...
    pnw21 pnw21 22-25, M 1 Response a week ago

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    I talk myself into thinking that

    if I go out everyone will stare at me and talk about me. I hardly leave the house anymore.
    Louloubird Louloubird 16-17, F 3 Responses Dec 16

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    It was finally pinpointed by my therapist in

    the 7th grade, that had social anxiety. It didn't really matter that much until freshman year when I started making new friends, and then moved to a new state. When I started at my new school I was so anxious i threw up and once I got to my first class i was already having a...
    Fallenangels444 Fallenangels444 13-15, F 2 Responses 20 hrs ago

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    I hide away in my room

    because I can barely handle "small talk" with my family that stays with me over the holidays. My room is my sanctuary. That and my safe people
    kpreston95 kpreston95 18-21, F 7 Responses Dec 20

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    It used to be terrible.

    I was scared of everything social, but I think I'm getting better. I try to face my fears and I give myself pep-talks. It's hard and it tires me but I have to keep fighting or I'll never have a happy life.
    ivaana15 ivaana15 16-17, F 3 Responses 3 days 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

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    Today i would have rather hid under my covers

    than have gone to school. This is becoming a problem
    Ashleyy2 Ashleyy2 18-21, F 3 Responses Nov 24

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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 26 Responses Nov 7

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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

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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 9 Responses Nov 20

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    I never had a problem with social anxiety

    until recently. I guess I've always tended to shy away from social situations if I could but it wasn't what I'd call "anxiety". But a few months ago, I started having mild panic attacks when I was out in public. It doesn't always happen and it doesn't seem to be triggered by...
    miteinen miteinen 22-25, F 2 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 22-25, M 10 Responses Nov 30

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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

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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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    how would u feel if u knew someone with the

    same anxiety that u have would u b comfortable around them?
    erica1985 erica1985 26-30, F 9 Responses 5 days ago

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    It's not bad enough that I have crazy panic

    attacks walking through the hall or standing up in front of the class, but just enough to ruin my life. I hate that SA is mostly attributed to girls, and that guys are expected to put themselves out there as far as the social aspect of school goes, especially dating.
    thesadpunk thesadpunk 16-17, M 3 Responses a week 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

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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

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    this is me if your wondering

    and now u see why i need to lose weight
    EmmaMomsen EmmaMomsen 22-25, F 10 Responses Dec 15

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    I've never had a problem with it

    until just recently.. Before it was never bad or I just didn't really think it was bad. I only ever avoided being in large groups of people or I was really shy. Recently though its getting worse.. Like I will feel like people are staring at me or judging me and then I just can't...
    Wallflower5906 Wallflower5906 13-15, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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    My anxiety fuels itself.

    I feel as if I constantly have sweaty palms and the thought of shaking someone's hand makes me more anxious. How do I cut off the fuel for this anxiety fire? It's a struggle.
    pnw21 pnw21 22-25, M 1 Response Dec 20

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    I have anxiety attacks a lot

    and usually it's because I over think. I'm a good analyzer, I don't make friend easily and, I'm socially awkward. I can be nice but if you screw me over you can bet your *** I can burn you. I'm really nice but I can go from nice to tearing your soul out and making you cry with...
    RaisedByTheWolves RaisedByTheWolves 13-15, F 2 Responses 6 days ago

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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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    This may sound pathetic

    but I like the "time change" where it gets dark around 4:50pm. I feel more better because people can't see me. I do it subcontiously it's really weird.. And I just started noticing it because I had to go to walmart and I have to take the bus so I purposely go around 5:30 pm ( I...
    kjonesr kjonesr 18-21, F 23 hrs ago

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    As I'm having an anxiety attack in the car,

    and having a mental breakdown while my mom is telling me how much a ***** I act like. I just wish I wasn't apart of this life.
    Bflyboo14 Bflyboo14 13-15, F 10 Responses 6 days ago

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    Last night I went to dinner with some very good

    friends who I hadn't seen in a while. Just sitting there waiting to order, my body temperature shot through the roof as I started feeling anxious. I hate anxiety. Here I am, sitting with people that I love and I have what I guess would be an anxiety attack. Whenever it happens I...
    pnw21 pnw21 22-25, M 2 Responses Dec 19

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    It happened again today.

    Some family came over for lunch and for no reason at all I felt the anxiety kick in.. Body temperature through the roof like Johnny flame. I had to actually get up and go grab something to drink just so I didn't break out into a sweat right there. One thing I've noticed is I'll...
    pnw21 pnw21 22-25, M 2 Responses Dec 20

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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 9 Responses Nov 1

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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

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    invertedcocaine invertedcocaine 22-25, F 4 Responses Nov 1

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    A habit I've learnt to master.

    . Over analysing? My psychologist told me about layering thoughts and although I don't layer them as much I do still have a habit of doing it.. For example: leaving the house to meet a friend.. First thought - have I got enough on, should I take a scarf.. It's alittle chilly...
    heyitsabike heyitsabike 31-35, F 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    I don't understand why people with social

    anxiety have to present stuff in class
    s31fharm3r s31fharm3r 13-15, F 13 Responses Nov 11

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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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    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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    My anxiety is getting worse by the second.

    Whenever I go out I feel like people are judging me on what I wear, how I wear my hair, what sort of makeup I have on and even my ******* voice. I hate it. I just want to be happy in my own body. I want to be perfect but for that to happen, I need others to treat me that way. I...
    notyourbitchxo notyourbitchxo 13-15, F 12 Responses Dec 17

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    Chloeeee17 Chloeeee17 18-21, F 22 Responses Nov 23

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    I have Generalized Anxiety Disorder.

    Only feel comfortable around people I know well. Brand new settings and new people don't go well with me.
    SentimentalMood SentimentalMood 36-40, F 6 Responses Nov 17

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    i have to go to a funeral tomorrow

    and my anxiety is so bad i could throw up
    CastielMalfoyHolmes221 CastielMalfoyHolmes221 22-25, F 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    I'm kinda scared when I'm by people.

    Like idk If I can talk to them. Well i know that I can, but I feel like they'll talk bad about me afterwards or maybe they are thinking bad stuff about me in their minds. I just am so insecure and sad all the time and I just want to know what it's like to feel happy again. I...
    michelleorbeck michelleorbeck 18-21, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    defoekeane defoekeane 36-40, M 3 days ago

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    I hate people.. I hate places.

    . Anytime I'm in a huge crowd, I feel drained from my body, I start sweating, I get light headed, I can barely breathe, my body feels heavy, I can't talk.. It's like I just shut down.
    Bflyboo14 Bflyboo14 13-15, F 7 Responses Nov 14

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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 am at a lost for words at the moment.

    For now I will Just say thank you for this place and the opportunity to speak freely without fear of extreme judgement. It is easier to admit social anxiety here. Then to say to someone in person, Sorry I can not accompany you to the party because the anxiety of being around...
    DuckyGirlHawaii DuckyGirlHawaii 18-21, F 7 Responses Mar 26

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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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    that awkward moment when everyone in the

    group talks and you are the one with nothing to say.even if you have something to say you would be worried that you might not be not noticed that moment when everyone seems so fit in and you are the one ignored. wondering if you are invisible that moment though you are in the...
    Camouflage Camouflage 18-21, M 7 Responses Nov 22

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    I hate my anxiety. It's

    so bad. I'm always shaking. I have to many panic attacks. I hate It. I always hyperventilate. I can't stand having anxiety.
    ButterflyAnnabel ButterflyAnnabel 16-17, F 1 Response a week ago

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    Has anyone had luck with Prozac

    and Hydroxyzine (as needed) for their anxiety? I was changed to this Ned combo yesterday.
    PudgyPixie PudgyPixie 18-21, F 4 Responses 5 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 12 Responses 1 day 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 12 Responses Dec 2

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    ThatGuyEveryoneHates ThatGuyEveryoneHates 18-21, M 8 Responses Dec 8

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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 3 Responses Dec 2

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    I HAD social anxiety.

    I'm somewhat antisocial (Not in the literal sense. I meant in the very very introverted sense) and I can be somewhat socially awkward. But I no longer feel anxious in most social situations thanks to exposure. You see, I've always been a shy person. I always had trouble...