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I Have Social Anxiety

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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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    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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    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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    Yep.. I wonder what it feels like to be

    normal I don't think i'll ever know...
    silentkillxc1 silentkillxc1 18-21, F 9 Responses May 16

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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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    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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    What's difference between shy

    and social anxiety
    noname107 noname107 18-21, F 2 Responses May 14

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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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    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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    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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    ToriKilljoy ToriKilljoy 18-21, F 10 Responses Jan 20

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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 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 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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    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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    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 1 day 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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    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 1 day ago

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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 know what it feels like to be depressed.

    I've had it all life long. I think depression has a lot to do with fear. Suicide is a cowards way of existence, but I believe people who commit suicide are nevertheless people too, with feelings and a heart. I would never wish that on anyone I know. But I do believe that...
    kiddishguypete kiddishguypete 26-30, M 1 Response 14 hrs ago

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

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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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    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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    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 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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    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 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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    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 3 days ago

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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 2 days ago

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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 4 days ago

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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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    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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    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 May 17

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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 made a poem that my English teacher

    absolutely loved. It was about drunk driving. She asked me to read it in front of the class and without thinking I said yes. Immediately when I walked up to the front of the room my entire body started shaking. I felt it and I knew everyone could see it. Tears started coming...
    Uhnyx Uhnyx 13-15, F 3 Responses 14 hrs ago

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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 4 Responses 1 day 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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    I need to tell someone

    because it is getting worse but every time I think about telling a friend I just get worked up and decide against it. I have tried to tell my closest friend about some problems I'm having with my brother but she wouldn't listen so I don't know what to do
    puppyl0ve puppyl0ve 13-15, F 2 Responses May 17

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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 6 days 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 2 days ago

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

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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 a week ago

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    Where is the "off"-switch

    for emotions? Does anyone else get those really badddd headaches after crying? Hate those!😖
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses May 12

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    I've never even been diagnosed with anxiety

    before, but I KNOW I have it. My parents refuse to take me to a psychiatrist, I've seriously begged them to take me, and I can't go by myself. I'm actually contemplating suicide, anytime I get close to a crowd, I feel like I'm suffocating, and I just start crying...
    kaylynx kaylynx 16-17, F 6 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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    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 May 17

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