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I Have Social Anxiety

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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 10 Responses Nov 30, 2014

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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 8 Responses Apr 12

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

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    I was hanging out with a friend ( girlfriend)

    and I wanted to ask her out but it just wouldn't come out it was like seriously because I rarely have social ( or physical) fears I just don't talk to people because I am always getting messed with and most people don't understand me so I am just quiet
    supergenius0814 supergenius0814 13-15, M 1 Response Apr 12

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    I fear telling people what music i listen to,

    the movies i watch, etc. because of the fear of being judged....
    idk26 idk26 16-17, M 6 Responses 1 day ago

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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 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 have my brother cut my hair,

    so that i don't have to go to the barbershop and talk to the hair-stylist.
    chaekowski chaekowski 26-30, M 3 days ago

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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 23 Responses Nov 7, 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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    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 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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    My mom thinks that social skills>intelligence.

    She forced me to go to a social group with the guidance counselor. Worst part, I'm the only girl.
    reivven reivven 13-15, F 2 Responses 7 hrs ago

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    I am 18 years old and I literally cannot do

    basic day to day things. Talking to strangers gives me panic attacks and I get so quiet and my heart feels like it's jumping out of my chest. I can't walk to a garbage can to throw something out until someone else does it because I am scared someone might say something to me. I...
    memberxxx memberxxx 18-21, F 6 Responses 1 day ago

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    And it's crippling. I hope it gets better

    but I need to work on myself :(
    winjj93 winjj93 18-21, M 1 Response Apr 9

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    What do you people do

    for fun? i.g(walk in the park...)
    Shelterzone Shelterzone 16-17, M 4 Responses 2 days 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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    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 11 Responses Dec 3, 2014

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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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    ToriKilljoy ToriKilljoy 18-21, F 9 Responses Jan 20

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    I go to grocery stores with self check-outs,

    so I don't have to interact with the cashiers.
    chaekowski chaekowski 26-30, M 1 Response 1 day ago

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    NatashaRose NatashaRose 18-21, F 4 Responses Jan 25

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    If im at school i can't really move in anyway

    because im scared to do something wrong in front of other people..like everyday at school im just waiting for myself to do something wrong or just look stupid while doing something, scared someone will notice whatever i do
    Celine1804 Celine1804 13-15, F 2 Responses a week ago

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    I have social anxiety

    but it gets better every now and then. I haven't had it as bad as I do now in a long time. I think last time I had it was some time in 6th-7th grade. I'm in 9th grade now. I started wanting to skip school. I don't have many friends at school but the ones I do have I would never...
    ICanDoMyOwnThing ICanDoMyOwnThing 13-15, F 23 hrs 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 11 Responses Nov 11, 2014

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    What have I done? I wish I could run away from

    all this ****. I just wanted to help, but I hurt everyone else. Now I feel the weight of the world is on my shoulders. It’s like having a black cloud over my head, and everyone’s noticing it. My best intensions make a mess of things. I don't belong here.
    RileyFeld RileyFeld 16-17, F 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    Is it normal to keep isolating yourself

    because you can't talk to people?
    NatashaRose NatashaRose 18-21, F 15 Responses Feb 1

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    BenignSoul BenignSoul 22-25, M 2 days ago

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    Having social anxiety

    and being an introvert is tough. Is so hard to talk to people and when I do I can't carry a conversation. It's awkward going into social settings. I rarely don't but when I do I have to leave the room to collect myself
    hiddenjem hiddenjem 22-25, F 3 Responses 1 day ago

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    SunshineAnderson13 SunshineAnderson13 22-25, F 1 Response Apr 12

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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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    Having social anxiety

    and being an introvert is tough. Is so hard to talk to people and when I do I can't carry a conversation. It's awkward going into social settings. I rarely don't but when I do I have to leave the room to collect myself
    hiddenjem hiddenjem 22-25, F 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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    I was at my moms job

    and she decides to introduce me to one of her coworkers at the most awkward time and i got nervous and walked away and then later she tells me that im embarassing. **** everything.
    Portami Portami 16-17, F 6 Responses 6 days ago

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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...
    vintagesoul87 vintagesoul87 26-30, F 7 Responses Mar 19

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    I'm a bit unsure of this one.

    I know for a fact I have Generalized Anxiety Disorder as I was professionally diagnosed when I was 10. But over the past 4 years, things have been getting worse. I had my first panic attack in public back in October, I had to quit my job because of my anxiety as there were too...
    HazzaBoo HazzaBoo 16-17, F 3 Responses 1 day 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 18-21, F 20 Responses Oct 25, 2006

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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 don't go out to get the mail

    when the neighbors are out.
    chaekowski chaekowski 26-30, M 4 Responses 2 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 15 Responses Jan 26

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    I haven't been to one of my college classes in

    over a month, luckily the teacher has a grading system to negate this. Going in there after so long terrifies me. I am scared that he will point out the fact that I have been gone so long and make me the center if attention. I really need to back to class because if I get...
    bigluke74 bigluke74 18-21, M 1 Response 4 days ago

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    I'm far too childlike

    for my age. I've been the innocent kid that adults liked, and it seems I'm still young today. Honestly? I hate it. Because I'm childlike I don't date. Not only am I childlike but I also suffer from severe social anxiety. So to women I'm always the quiet shy introvert who avoids...
    aeinhardt aeinhardt 18-21, M 3 Responses 3 days ago

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    I miss a lot of school

    because of my ANXITY but one thing that I have noticed that docent help is when my mom talks about how much school I'm missing and how much school work I'm behind on and how she wishes I would just gets to school. but I feel that if she were to spend more time congratulating me...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses 4 days ago

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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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    It's so bad that at school I have small panic

    attacks as the bell to go to the next period gets closer because I'm so scared of the crowded halls. I also do not go to lunch. I usually will go to the library, walk the halls (since everyone is in class or lunch) or if I'm eating, I'll eat in the bathroom stalls. When I am...
    StrawberryShortcake97 StrawberryShortcake97 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 13

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