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I Have Social Anxiety

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    People suck. I think I'm just going to continue

    to live out my days as a hermit with my cat.
    ambivalentFriability ambivalentFriability 18-21 2 Responses a week ago

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    I have really bad social anxiety

    and my school don't that it's a serious problem and they punish me for not going into lessons and it's now that bad I couldn't do my gcse exam today I need help!
    zib131 zib131 16-17, M 5 Responses 6 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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    I start my new job next week.

    I feel as I'm getting older my social anxiety has gotten much easier to handle but it does affect me every now and then. Now I have a job where I'm going to have to interact with customers and coworkers on a daily basis. Maybe this is a test for me. Let's see if I've really...
    ComplicatedGirl18 ComplicatedGirl18 18-21, F 4 Responses May 15

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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 22-25, F 12 Responses Jan 8

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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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    Is sending one of your friends up to the

    cashier with the money instead of doing it yourself,just to get out of the store and away from everybody considered social anxiety? cause I do that. lmao
    HenryYamada HenryYamada 18-21, M 5 Responses 1 day ago

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    I didn't know how bad my social anxiety was

    until recently. It has effected me negatively in the following.. I recently declined a career altering job interview because I was just too nervous to follow through. I have declined many outings with friends just because I dread thinking about the conversations and starting...
    kikimayes kikimayes 22-25, F 4 Responses May 16

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    Losing friends has shown me how to be a great

    friend. I have lonely days but at least I know that if I ever meet new people that truly appreciate me for who I am and my heart, I will always be thankful for them. Whenever that time come. I have been meeting a few people (in real life) that are just as lonely as I am (they're...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses May 12

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    Today I had a disagreement with an extended

    family member who resorted to hurling some crazy insults at me . She said that my mother "never wanted me & everybody knows".. I'm an only child, always had an iffy relationship with my mother. She's very hot & cold. Sometimes affectionate (mostly when I was younger, not so much...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response May 12

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    Interesting article. I am an empath.

    I am looking forward to future findings. http://www.spiritscienceandmetaphysics.com/new-study-links-social-anxiety-to-being-empath/
    AmyOnEP AmyOnEP 41-45, F 2 Responses a week ago

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    Yep.. I wonder what it feels like to be

    normal I don't think i'll ever know...
    silentkillxc1 silentkillxc1 18-21, F 8 Responses May 16

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    On many days like today my heart races

    and I feel clammy like I am constantly on the verge of passing out while trying to remain vigilant (so many eyes and facial expressions and tones). I stumble clumsily over words and make obvious mistakes because my panicked mind blanks; perfect fodder for agonising and...
    3naturespice3 3naturespice3 22-25 4 Responses 2 days 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 10 Responses Dec 2, 2014

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    What people who don't have SA fail to

    understand is that anxiety is physical. "Your chest tightens, your head feels cloudy & you are acutely aware of the effort behind every breath." I'm always being told, "It's all in your head," like yea thank you, it's a mental illness... I can't go anywhere by myself, I can...
    BasAllah BasAllah 13-15, F 7 Responses Apr 30

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    I just want to be able to live life not

    depending on others. This anxiety makes it hard to do so. I can't even ask strangers what they are up to alone, even if I want to. It's my schools and parents fault. They isolated me from the world, now I am trapped.
    Lolinondoda Lolinondoda 16-17, F 3 Responses 3 days ago

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    So my friend who has anxiety herself told me

    that I might have social anxiety.....**** :/
    Wompy52 Wompy52 18-21, M 1 Response 5 days ago

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    I get very uncomfortable,

    sometimes angry, when people stare at me. Everywhere I go, it happens. Women stare at me and give me these bitchy looks and men, they just stare. And stare. Sometimes I feel like saying "What are you looking at?" whenever I'm out in public. Somewhere in my subconscious it...
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses May 13

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    So I get really bad feelings from large crowds.

    . I freak out inside. So just Yesterday I go to my boyfriends graduation and the more people who crowded around me the more I clunched my fist and felt like crying. I couldn't leave because I wanted to be there for him. So I stuck it out.. thankfully I had a worry stone that...
    MysticThornwolf MysticThornwolf 16-17, F 3 Responses 7 hrs 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...
    deleted deleted 26-30 8 Responses Mar 19

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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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    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 7 Responses 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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    I have been in zooloft

    for about a year now, and I haven't experienced any results. I'm already at 200mL, which is the highest suggested dosage for someone my age. The only thing I've felt so far is occasional nausea. Have any of you tried zooloft? Did you have good results? Any suggestions for other...
    MeganBTaylor MeganBTaylor 16-17, F 4 Responses 5 hrs ago

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    I promised someone I would go to her baby

    shower today. I don't know anyone else but her there. I was trying to think if ways to get out of it but I can't. I been freaking out all week because of it. I literally can't function in situations like that. It's only 2 hours long so I'm planning on showing up late and leaving...
    hiddenjem hiddenjem 22-25, F 9 Responses 1 day ago

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    Thank you to all the people here

    that have tried to help me or give a kind word. You all are hard to come by, don't ever change.❤️
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses May 14

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    Like I said somewhere before,

    anxiety is a demon that sits on my shoulder and whispers discouraging/disturbing things in my ear. When I go out in public (alone, with nothing to focus on) it finds megaphone and gets hopped up on stimulants. However, in these situations, anxiety also does some hallucinogens...
    AnxiousBizzareandCynical AnxiousBizzareandCynical 13-15, M 4 Responses 1 day ago

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    My heart leaps out finding this site,

    knowing that I'm not the only one who has this SA. I feel you all. I wish we could overcome whatever burden we have. :))
    tawless tawless 18-21, M 6 Responses May 16

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    No one knows how bad my social anxiety is.

    I'm not sure they even see it as a "real" problem. My family, we don't talk about these things. We avoid most confrontation. We don't seem to be capable of having a calm discussion. Everyone's too busy feeling personally offended because someone doesn't agree with their views...
    ambivalentFriability ambivalentFriability 18-21 1 Response May 16

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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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    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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    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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    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 10 Responses Apr 16

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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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    shebrokeyou shebrokeyou 22-25, F 4 Responses May 13

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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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    ToriKilljoy ToriKilljoy 18-21, F 10 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 21 Responses Nov 7, 2014

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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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    Hi I don t know what should I say

    but I am trying to keep head up All my hightschool life was horible because of my apereance I know that I am not pretty my face is ugly my eyes are big my nose is big I don t have feminity at all I know and I tried to focus on my studies but I could not everyday teachers wached...
    ANALIA4 ANALIA4 18-21, F 4 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 11 Responses Nov 11, 2014

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    ThatGuyEveryoneHates ThatGuyEveryoneHates 18-21, M 6 Responses Dec 8, 2014

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    Can anyone tell me if having very low almost

    nonexistent self esteem and confidence is considered part of social anxiety?? I feel like worthless ugly fat **** everyday and it makes everything so difficult. I spend 3 hours checking myself and "getting ready" and mentally preparing myself before I step out of the house, even...
    rileystella rileystella 22-25, F 4 Responses 18 hrs ago

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    I get ditched a lot by "friends"

    and I always feel like its my fault. Just happened today as well. Do they recognize my social anxiety and get a kick out of exploiting it?
    niceguyswin23 niceguyswin23 18-21, M 2 Responses 7 hrs 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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    My anxiety has literally gotten

    so bad I can't even participate in gym at school because of the fear of people making fun of me.. or saying something to me. I won't go into a store by myself or do anything. does anyone know how to make it easier..?
    XxBonesExposedxX XxBonesExposedxX 13-15, F 4 Responses May 15

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