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I Have Social Anxiety

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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 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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    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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    ThatGuyEveryoneHates ThatGuyEveryoneHates 18-21, M 6 Responses Dec 8, 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 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 4 days ago

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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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    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 5 days ago

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    NatashaRose NatashaRose 18-21, F 4 Responses Jan 25

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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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    THAT'S MY STORY. The first time I realized I

    had anxiety, I was 10... I changed of school, and everything was new. But a month later I was "okay, I'm okay". But when I turned 16, I couldn't go out, talk with strangers, without blushing ou having a panic attack. I'm 20 now, dealing with you this... taking meds, and trying...
    nobodye nobodye 18-21, F 5 Responses May 12

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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 6 days ago

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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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    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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    ToriKilljoy ToriKilljoy 18-21, F 10 Responses Jan 20

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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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    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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    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 4 days ago

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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 4 days ago

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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 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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    I have disorder connected to my Social Anxiety

    Disorder called Selective Mutism. I don't know if I want to quit or not, I'm planning on taking a sign language class on September.
    ariettaxsydney ariettaxsydney 18-21, F 1 Response May 11

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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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    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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    What's difference between shy

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

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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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    people don't understand how hard it is to live

    my life.I have depression as well so its like I want to go out so people don't think something happen and I will not feel as bad and alone when I go bad but I don't want to go cause I don't want to deal with people.
    cuttergirl16 cuttergirl16 13-15, F 1 Response May 12

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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 2 Responses 13 hrs ago

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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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    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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    Yep.. I wonder what it feels like to be

    normal I don't think i'll ever know...
    silentkillxc1 silentkillxc1 18-21, F 5 Responses 6 days ago

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    I wish I was never born.

    I was 3 months premature & technically wasn't supposed to live, at least that's what the doctors n nurses said. Not a day goes by that I don't wish I didn't.
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses a week 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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    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 2 Responses 3 days 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 7 Responses Apr 30

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    nath2281 nath2281 13-15, F 2 Responses May 11

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    shebrokeyou shebrokeyou 22-25, F 4 Responses May 13

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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 6 days ago

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    It's too much! Many many people have asked me

    if I was alright, and a teacher sent me to the nurse because I couldn't breathe during a presentation. When I have to go to P.E., lunch, group projects, presentations, I get in trouble. Two weeks ago I got a referral afterschool from a teacher who is notorious for giving...
    LazarusxD LazarusxD 16-17, F 6 Responses 3 days 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 a week 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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    So my friend who has anxiety herself told me

    that I might have social anxiety.....**** :/
    Wompy52 Wompy52 18-21, M 1 Response 2 days ago

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    I will literally think of every possible worst

    scenario that can happen, and I back out of stuff alot last minute. I am afraid to go to my boyfriends family dinners and stuff, I actually didn't go for his family Christmas because I was so afraid. He has like all his cousins and aunts and uncles at those things, and I think...
    Allieheart Allieheart 22-25 3 Responses May 10

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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 4 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 14 Responses Dec 12, 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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