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I Have Social Anxiety

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    I have full blown mental breakdowns

    when I'm around people who are drinking. I can't process any of it, I start to cry, and I start to panic. Tomorrow I am required to go to the Red Sox game with my coworkers and I know there will be a ton of drinking. I don't know how to handle it in the momoment no matter how...
    Lucyshrimp Lucyshrimp 22-25, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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    People don't believe me

    when I say have anxiety because I am really talkative
    kidkid240 kidkid240 16-17, T 2 Responses 5 days ago

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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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    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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    Bflyboo14 Bflyboo14 13-15, F 7 Responses Jul 27

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    I have a family reunion on saturday

    and i'm so anxious and scared .. Can anybody give me some ways to cope? I don't want to have a nervous breakdown in front of everyone and embarrass myself!
    KaylaCherie KaylaCherie 13-15, F 2 Responses a week ago

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    It's so bad sometimes it gets to the point

    where I can't leave my house and I think that I'm stupid and an idiot /).(
    jessythekittenx jessythekittenx 18-21, F 3 Responses 6 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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    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 6 Responses Apr 12

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    It ruins so much for me I have to leave parties

    and fun things - it makes me look crazy
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses 13 hrs ago

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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 5 Responses Apr 30

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    On Wednesday I have to do one of the scariest

    things I think I'll ever have to do in my life. As a yearly tradition we do at band camp, each senior has to give a speech during campfire night about their past experiences and something to give the freshmen to think about as their first year. Problem is, I have to makeup the...
    Hipstercatlover Hipstercatlover 16-17, F 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    NatashaRose NatashaRose 18-21, F 3 Responses Jan 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 9 Responses Dec 28, 2014

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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 9 Responses Apr 16

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    Not sure how or what to say to doctor

    when I book an appointment to tell them about my social anxiety, really want help. No idea where to start I know I will get nervous and mess up
    Eeee15 Eeee15 18-21, F 3 Responses a week ago

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    Finally I am moving to medication .

    . I know psychiatrist will prescribe me clonazepam with a beta blocker .. i know it would cause dependency ... thats why i was avoiding that .. but it seems to be solution now .. lets see how it goes ...
    nousername29 nousername29 18-21, M 1 day ago

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    When you don't bring a book to read

    because people will ask you what the book's about and you can never answer them coherently. Just let me read my book in peace !
    Itfloo Itfloo 18-21, F 5 days ago

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    I heard it! I heard the word freak.

    I heard her say it to me. I heard it. The anxious pounding in my chest is exploding. They found me out I am a crazy person pretending to be normal. They see it. They see my anxiousness.
    honestlyanonymouslyme honestlyanonymouslyme 22-25, F 2 Responses 4 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, 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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    i want help ..please help me out .

    .But please be honest ..
    Eshan29 Eshan29 22-25 1 Response 3 days ago

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    ToriKilljoy ToriKilljoy 18-21, F 10 Responses Jan 20

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    Any one else feel this weird sometimes ?

    I love love love my close friends . They are like my sisters . I love hanging out with them . But I hate being in large crowds . I was at the dog beach in Chicago on the Fourth of July , came home exhausted and crying !
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses a week ago

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    At parties I'm the one playing with the dog

    trying to avoid actual human contact.
    Theparadoxoutlook Theparadoxoutlook 18-21, F 4 Responses Jul 2

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    roxxann101 roxxann101 16-17, F 1 Response Jul 27

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    I am actually an extrovert

    and i have 0 friends due to my SA I can't talk properly with others. been like this since childhood... i could cope with it for few years... but recently it has gotten really worse. whenever im outside i will be always tensed and get stiff and get muscle aches and headaches all...
    crazytank crazytank 26-30, M 1 Response 4 days ago

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    no matter what I do, I feel like I am being

    judged. especially at school, I am almost afraid to talk to people who aren't a close friend. I have been bullied all my life and I just can't help it. I always feel like I will say something stupid and be embarrassed.
    Andyg99 Andyg99 22-25, M 5 Responses 6 days ago

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    Its so frustrating. Especially

    when everyone just thinks I'm overreacting when in reality its the most frightening thing to me. A lot of my friends have jobs. I really want to get one but I'm terrified of having to go through a job interview. Then if I actually got the job I'd most likely have to do a job...
    Jessica4729 Jessica4729 16-17, F 2 Responses Jan 7

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    Erie23 Erie23 16-17, F 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    There's a quote that says "If they miss you,

    they'll call. If they want you, they'll say it. If they care, they'll show it. And if not, they aren't worth your time" I wonder what you guys think of that phrase... Personally I've met people I liked very much this year yet I never found the courage to reach out.. Fear of...
    nowherewego nowherewego 16-17, F 2 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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    Faced my fears today

    and came to the gym all by myself. It was so scary but I'm proud of myself.
    J021408 J021408 26-30, F 12 Responses Jan 8

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

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    if I'm out alone and I hear people

    who pass by start laughing, I assume they're laughing at me. why is it like that? am I self-conscious? isn't that narcissistic?
    iplatero iplatero 26-30, M 1 Response 1 day ago

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    To preface this, I need advice on how to deal

    with my anxiety, how to manage my emotions and how to make friends... Currently I smoke week when I am stressed or sad or anxious. Sometimes it help the anxiety and other times it makes it worse. I am too scared to go on medication for the anxiety and depression. I need...
    MyMindCravesNectar MyMindCravesNectar 22-25, F 5 Responses 6 days ago

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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 13 Responses Dec 12, 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 10 Responses Dec 3, 2014

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    A great TED talk video in conquering your fears

    so you can have the life you want by an astronaut who went blind in space: http://www.ted.com/talks/chris_hadfield_what_i_learned_from_going_blind_in_space?language=en
    LoveIsWithinYou LoveIsWithinYou 26-30, M 3 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 10 Responses Nov 11, 2014

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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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    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...
    deleted deleted 26-30 20 Responses Mar 21, 2014

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    I'm about to be a Freshman in college.

    I'm super excited, but very scared/nervous at the same time. I feel like everyone's out to get me for some reason, I've been doing a little better since I've been seeing my counselor/therapist, but I still find it so hard to make friends. I'm a very happy, funny, generous...
    stephgoodenow stephgoodenow 18-21, F 1 Response 8 hrs ago

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    Why am I comfortable sitting in a coffee shop

    alone but have anxiety sitting in a restaurant alone???
    spence96 spence96 18-21, F 2 Responses 1 day ago

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    I just don't think I can get out of bed today.

    .. Too much anxiety and sadness... Sucks. I'm such a shell of my former self...
    endurocycle7 endurocycle7 31-35, F 2 Responses a week ago

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    Me: Why wasn't I invited!

    ? Friend:......um... You wouldn't have come to it anyways.. Me: well no, I wouldn't have. But still, that's no the point.
    Bflyboo14 Bflyboo14 13-15, F 4 Responses Jul 17

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    Today I'm going to tell my mother

    that I have Tinea Versicolor. It's a fact that sleep deprivation produces a drunk effect on the brain, so tonight I'm not going to sleep. I need to not care about what I'm saying or how I'm saying it. I've never asked my mother for help before because of my social anxiety. I...