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I Have Social Anxiety

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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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    My coworkers keep ******* stealing my things!

    !!! I write my name on my things as clear as day and its not good enough. I'm so angry that I don't know wtf to do. And they wonder why the **** I don't wanna get close to any of them. A bunch of grown *** mutha fuckas who cant decipher their right from their lefts!! How should I...
    BlackBuddafly88 BlackBuddafly88 26-30, F 5 Responses 2 days ago

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    GaryBlauman GaryBlauman 26-30, M 3 Responses 2 days ago

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    I'm a freshman in college

    and this has been the worst experience for me by far. Besides getting bullied in middle school and having problems in high school. I'm once again a loner here in college. I've lived in this city my whole life but the college I go to no one really knows me. I thought people from...
    trulyspoken trulyspoken 18-21, F 6 Responses 5 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 9 Responses Nov 1, 2014

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    Last night was bad, I'm

    so scared to go any wear, I could be hurt more, or made fun of, I want to stay here on my bed where I know m safe...
    imsinkinkimg imsinkinkimg 13-15, F 4 Responses 2 days ago

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    Sixteen years old and too scared to pick up job

    applications for places too small to have them online. Too scared to ask around for references. Possibly my biggest character flaw; I'm too scared to ask the simplest of questions because I fear the social encounter that comes of it
    Smolderous Smolderous 16-17, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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    for my journalism class

    which just started, our assignment was to ask two strangers a question. i was really nervous...fast heartbeat, shaking, etc... but i did it. whenever i'm about to do something i am afraid to do, i think about "20 seconds of courage" and i just go for it. while doing this is i...
    daydreamer27 daydreamer27 16-17, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    I can really be a ***** sometimes.

    ..or I'll always say the wrong thing.. Cause I don't know how to speak properly to people, I feel like it's ruining me
    bluegirlie98 bluegirlie98 16-17, F 4 Responses 5 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 10 Responses Nov 10, 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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    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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    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 25 Responses Nov 7, 2014

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    Even when I thought that no one could ever save

    me, this friend of mine did save me. If you're feeling at the edge of your life and making your last effort, give her a try, ask.fm/StepIntoMyOffice . Your "last" effort won't be the last anymore. I was here in EP too when someone had suggested me the page. And I'm SO grateful...
    nonexistencexxx nonexistencexxx 22-25, M 1 Response 3 days ago

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    I know I have social anxiety

    and my parents just don't understand. My mom asks me why I'd rather talk to people online and why all of my friends are pretty much online. It's hard for me to explain and especially when my mom and dad tell me I need a job, I'm scared because i get nervous by the littlest...
    jalexiss jalexiss 16-17, F 3 Responses 4 days ago

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    Blehh, it's taking so long to make a simple

    phone call. Dear self, why you make the simplest things so difficult???
    Chloeeee17 Chloeeee17 18-21, F 13 Responses Sep 2, 2014

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    NatashaRose NatashaRose 18-21, F 5 Responses 6 days ago

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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 11 Responses 1 day 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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    ToriKilljoy ToriKilljoy 18-21, F 8 Responses Jan 20

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    i hate when you out so much effort into

    something and get nothing out of it.
    thatonehorsefreak thatonehorsefreak 13-15, F 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    It's kind of a recent thing

    for me. It started maybe a year ago for no real reason and it feels like it keeps getting worse. Blah. Anybody else have a later start on it?
    liveit0ut liveit0ut 22-25, M 3 Responses 2 days ago

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    Chloeeee17 Chloeeee17 18-21, F 20 Responses Nov 23, 2014

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    i hate that i have social anxiety

    and i cant face my fears
    itsstephybitxh itsstephybitxh 18-21, F 2 Responses 6 days ago

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

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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 14 Responses Jan 8

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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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    It's hard because you can never really have

    full fun with a group of friends, you're always looking for that one hint that everyone secretly hates you. Hanging out with people is exhausting because after, when I'm home and alone, I think about everything I did wrong and how everyone thinks I'm stupid and how everyone...
    dioptase13 dioptase13 18-21, F 4 Responses 5 days ago

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    Today I just got accepted into cooking school

    today and I'm really excited except.... It's in Wellington the capital city in nz, so i Have to move, I have no where to live, no friends, not much money, and I have bad social anxiety... I'm so nervous about meeting people and being in social situations... I'm also nervous...
    lifeisnottoobad lifeisnottoobad 18-21, F 3 days ago

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

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    xxhelpxxmexx xxhelpxxmexx 16-17, F 4 Responses 6 days ago

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    Holy cow. I start my new high school on monday.

    Im nervous af!. I dont want to be noticed , but of course i have to go and be 6 foot 4 inches. So not being seen isnt easy for me lol. I have no idea what to do or to go. Im just gunna go with the flow. See what happens . If im a loner so be it, ill find that other loner to be...
    YungKhroniK YungKhroniK 13-15, M 1 day ago

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    Today I had to go to a meeting

    and give my ideas. Guess what I did sit in the back and not say a word. I felt tired and the anxiety was coming face. By the look on my face people could tell I wasn't comfortable. Little things like this are hard for me to do. I don't want anyone to think I don't like them or I...
    trulyspoken trulyspoken 18-21, F 4 Responses 2 days ago

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    I think I have social anxiety

    because of I'm in a class where I have no friends I literally almost cry.... Once I did cry bc I had to talk in front of my class.
    KaylaBVB KaylaBVB 16-17, F 2 Responses 6 days ago

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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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    Ever since I can remember,

    I've always had a lot of trouble talking to people. I only had one friend up until my freshman year in high school. I didn't even know what social anxiety was until I was diagnosed with it. I still have a lot of difficulty with my social anxiety, but I'm really trying to reach...
    ElvenQueenKayla ElvenQueenKayla 16-17, F 2 Responses 5 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 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 5 Responses Jan 18

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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 16-17, M 20 Responses 5 days 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 19-21, F 20 Responses Oct 25, 2006

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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 have social anxiety

    so I had to leave school at 16 years old. I'm now being home schooled, and have been for two weeks now and the thought of them coming over terrifies me. Someone is coming over today and I'm scared. I keep panicking over it, what do I do???
    emilythegreat emilythegreat 16-17, F 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    Sometimes I feel like I have a brain tumor

    or something, because I always find myself talking gibberish around people who are much cooler and charismatic than I am.
    somberglow somberglow 16-17, F 1 day ago

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    I have an oral presentation today

    and I think I'm gonna be sick... I don't know anyone in that class and i begged the teacher if we could do it privately but she said no . She said it's unfair to the rest of the class for me to get a by because of my Anxiety like this is why I'm growing to hate school.
    TeddyOrTeddie TeddyOrTeddie 13-15, M 5 Responses 1 day ago

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    Today i would have rather hid under my covers

    than have gone to school. This is becoming a problem
    Ashleyy2 Ashleyy2 18-21, F 2 Responses Nov 24, 2014

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    What does a glance mean?

    It's amazing how heavily a pair of eyes can influence a thought process. The ride of emotions and possibilities, all very entertaining to ponder on. I know she probably thinks I'm somewhat weird and maybe even annoying, in a sense. See, I've this uncanny ability to put people...
    s0undgarden s0undgarden 16-17, M 1 day ago

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    There Is Hope!

    I'm overcoming my anxiety, and it's surprising. It's been happening in small steps that lead to big change... For example, I now can go to the grocery store on a busy Sunday afternoon without much trouble. This is huge for me!! How did I do it? Each week I decided to go...
    atruelily atruelily 22-25, F 14 Responses Sep 7, 2009

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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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    if you need support https://m.facebook.com/groups/480215555420339?ref=bookmark
    im2hot2bemo im2hot2bemo 18-21, F 5 days ago

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    I start high school tomorrow.

    Im nervous as ****. Im losing sleep because of it. Midas well be that weird kid lol.
    YungKhroniK YungKhroniK 13-15, M 4 Responses 5 days ago

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    I lack such grace and fluidity.

    ..But I manage well on my own. And yet still, I want in on everyone's dirty little brains.
    s0undgarden s0undgarden 16-17, M 2 days ago

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    SammiSakura SammiSakura 13-15, F 4 Responses