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I Have Social Anxiety

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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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    Why Me?...

    When i was young i was a happy child who talked a lot and was sociable, But that all changed when i started my first year of primary school. I was bullied constantly and abused both mentally and physically, The bullies turned everyone in the school against me, it was basicly a...
    Unreality Unreality 18-21, M 45 Responses Mar 30, 2009

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    I'm fine with people.

    I'm a people person. But when I meet men that remind me of my dad, I get so nervous, like I'm waiting for them to freak out and start hitting me and telling me how worthless I am. I'm having this problem right now with my current boss. Thankfully, its getting better the more I...
    coleslayer coleslayer 26-30 2 Responses a week ago

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    xxhelpxxmexx xxhelpxxmexx 13-15, F 4 Responses 1 day ago

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    But i learned. if you are just waiting

    for someone try to get to know you,i swear nothing happens forever. i sometimes avoid people,push them away, 'cos everytime i talk about myself,i feel they never understand me since i've been domestic violence. i even feel that to few good friends. this might be not fair. You...
    juryandrews juryandrews 31-35, F 2 Responses 5 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 1 hr ago

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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 22-25, M 9 Responses Nov 30, 2014

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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 23 hrs 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 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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    Yeah it's true I have this.

    But I hate that I do
    oneperson93 oneperson93 18-21, M 1 Response 5 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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    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 1 day ago

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    I hate talking in front of a large group of

    people and getting judged.
    itstiffanylea itstiffanylea 13-15, F 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    I'm sitting in a crowded theater,

    waiting for the opera to start and I'm nervous as hell. There are people everywhere and the lights haven't descended yet and I'm alone and fear everyone is judging me. I know it's silly and irrational, but all rationale is out the window when you have anxiety problems. All I can...
    tormentedinternally tormentedinternally 26-30, M 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    i hate that i have social anxiety

    and i cant face my fears
    itsstephybitxh itsstephybitxh 18-21, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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    I can't concentrate in school,

    even the small things are a huge challenge. My anxiety makes me feel the urge to pee... Does anyone else feel this? Also I have panic attacks quite frequently and I suffer silence because I don't want to attract attention to myself when I ask to leave the room... I hate it so...
    katykat10001 katykat10001 13-15, F 5 Responses a week ago

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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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    Im going back to school on tuesday

    and ive been out since end of school last year. I think its time to grow some nuts and overcome my anxiety...
    Onikanohtakew Onikanohtakew 13-15, M 2 days ago

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

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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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    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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    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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    So my office had a bowling party on Saturday

    this was in place of a Christmas party. It went fine I really didn't want to go mainly because I try so hard to socialize and I feel like people block me out. This occasion confirmed that for me as usual. Luckily my husband came with me he seems to be a social butterfly. So I...
    Slackergirl Slackergirl 31-35, F 2 Responses Jan 19

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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 social anxiety

    and it's getting to much for me to handle anymore. I hate going to school, my grades suck and I barely have any friends anymore because i always blow everyone off. I stopped sitting with people at lunch and hanging out with people because I think everything I say is stupid or I...
    hans167 hans167 18-21, F 4 Responses a week ago

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    Today some guy my age came to my work to bring

    his horses in. He's a new boarder, so he'll be back. Which sucks. Because I'm literally so awkward around people especially guys. I was sweeping the barn and thinking "please don't talk to me. Please don't talk to me." All the sudden "HI! Do you know where to find a marker so I...
    Rosaalie Rosaalie 18-21, F 6 Responses 2 days 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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    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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    NatashaRose NatashaRose 18-21, F 5 Responses 2 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 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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    ToriKilljoy ToriKilljoy 18-21, F 8 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 14 Responses Jan 8

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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 8 Responses Nov 20, 2014

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    Because of my social anxiety,

    I have become jaded and cynical. I tell myself I don't need to be popular, I don't need to have lots or friends, I don't need to be the life of the party, but I would not mind if all that were true. I find myself with feelings of contempt for those who are popular or outgoing. I...
    GrimCreeper0150 GrimCreeper0150 22-25, M 3 Responses 2 days ago

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    jackk225 jackk225 18-21, M 2 Responses 3 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 16-17, M 20 Responses 1 day ago

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    I was around 8 when I was diagnosed with social

    anxiety, from a young age I've always been scared of crowds, being in front of people,put on the spot,embarrassing myself. No matter how hard I try to block it this sometimes overwhelming feeling is always on the back of my mind just following me. I'm even anxious around my...
    musicforlife0321 musicforlife0321 18-21, F 4 Responses 3 days ago

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    Sometimes I think my social anxiety is weird,

    too me it is. People respond differently too social situations, so its all not exactly the same. But for me, it all depends on where i am at and who's there with me. Like in some cases, when I am around people I can just talk and talk and talk. but then i start to think "hey i...
    AfraidOfMyOwnMind AfraidOfMyOwnMind 16-17, F 1 Response a week 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.
    Onikanohtakew Onikanohtakew 13-15, M 2 Responses 14 hrs 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 12 Responses Nov 11, 2014

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    if you need support https://m.facebook.com/groups/480215555420339?ref=bookmark
    im2hot2bemo im2hot2bemo 18-21, F 13 hrs ago

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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 3 Responses 16 hrs ago

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

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    I go inside a situation thinking f this ****

    I'm going to be myself and I don't care what other people think..but I come out of it completely paranoid and thinks everyone hates me. haha life.
    XxSxarletxX XxSxarletxX 16-17, F 2 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 12 Responses Dec 2, 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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    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 1 day 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 1 day 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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