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I Have Social Anxiety

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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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    I hate it when people stare at me.

    My mom tells me it's because they think I'm beautiful. I am no where near beautiful. I cannot go into a store without my mom or a friend. I am so stupid, I hate my anxiety so much!
    FindingFaith47 FindingFaith47 13-15, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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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 5 Responses 5 days ago

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    magick67 magick67 46-50, F 1 Response 2 days 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 5 days ago

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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 5 days ago

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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 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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    People think I'm outgoing

    because I have always been the strong one out of the set of triplets (I'm a triplet obviously) but when it comes to confrontation or asking a strange something I simply can not do it. Its gotten to the point where I'm constantly anxious and have developed trichtomania and have...
    JulesG04 JulesG04 18-21, F 3 Responses 3 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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    I struggle everyday to interact with people I

    know as well as strangers. Whenever I'm in a social setting I become very anxious. I just wish I knew how to take control and interact with people with more ease and less of a racing mind.
    Desmondhume1 Desmondhume1 18-21, M 2 Responses 3 days 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 3 Responses 5 days ago

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

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    I feel lonely when people are around me,

    I feel invisible, I feel scared about what others think of me. But when I'm alone in my room a whole world comes out of me.
    louisemalika louisemalika 16-17, F 3 Responses 3 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 6 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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    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 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 May 21

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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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    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 find it so difficult to talk to certain

    people sometimes. I guess it has to do with me being self conscious about my appearance but I need to find a way to get over it.
    ilovePTX ilovePTX 18-21, F 5 hrs ago

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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 5 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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    I was filling balloons

    for a customer and started shaking for no reason. I couldn't even use the computer to print out a price sticker.
    awsumm awsumm 22-25, M 2 Responses 2 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 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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    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 don't understand how it feels to not be

    able to do normal people things like hang out with friends or go out to a public place. I'd love to do those things but the anxiety and nervousness overtakes me and I'd rather just keep to myself and try to get through one day without having a breakdown
    axelyax axelyax 18-21, M 2 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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    If anyone needs an outlet,

    I am an experienced ear and know many ways to deal with how social anxiety inhibits day to day life.
    Socalsunset Socalsunset 22-25, F 1 Response 13 hrs ago

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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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    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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    In course, I see the new faces coming in

    and witness how natural it is for them to fit in within the first week. For me, it took months to start talking and socialising. Even then, I don't socialise that much and conversations don't flow easily. The thing that kept me going was my love of challenges that urged my...
    PaxTerra PaxTerra 18-21, F 3 Responses 1 day ago

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    Bflyboo14 Bflyboo14 13-15, F 3 Responses 1 day ago

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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 6 Responses 6 days ago

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    Sometimes when I'm driving I start having

    anxiety attacks. I look at everything around me and see the roads, I see painted wood houses, I see cars, buildings but above all else I see that everything around me is temporary. I start feeling sick and nauseated at the thought that the scenery changes around me constantly...
    MujerDeMuerte MujerDeMuerte 18-21, F 3 Responses 2 days 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 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 May 18

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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 May 18

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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 5 Responses 5 days 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 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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