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I Have Social Anxiety

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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 1 day 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 9 Responses Dec 28, 2014

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    Bflyboo14 Bflyboo14 13-15, F 3 Responses 3 hrs 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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    So my friend who has anxiety herself told me

    that I might have social anxiety.....**** :/
    Wompy52 Wompy52 18-21, M 1 Response May 19

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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 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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    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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    ToriKilljoy ToriKilljoy 18-21, F 10 Responses Jan 20

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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 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 1 day 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 3 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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    I see other people just randomly talking to

    each other or being able to strike conversations with each other and then there is me I can not hold down a conversation with someone, is that social anxiety? Am I just a fruit loop? Or am I ignorant to others? I just don't understand why I struggle.
    jumpingjackflash121 jumpingjackflash121 22-25, M 2 Responses 1 day 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 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 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 May 17

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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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    ThatGuyEveryoneHates ThatGuyEveryoneHates 18-21, M 6 Responses Dec 8, 2014

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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 1 day 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 4 days ago

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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 2 days ago

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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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    invertedcocaine invertedcocaine 22-25, F 3 Responses Nov 1, 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 12 Responses Nov 10, 2014

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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 5 days ago

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    On many days like today my heart races

    and I feel clammy like I am constantly on the verge of passing out while trying to remain vigilant (so many eyes and facial expressions and tones). I stumble clumsily over words and make obvious mistakes because my panicked mind blanks; perfect fodder for agonising and...
    3naturespice3 3naturespice3 22-25 4 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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    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 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 4 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 18-21, F 20 Responses Oct 25, 2006

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 walk around wondering

    and worrying all the time!!
    skinnyslim skinnyslim 31-35, M 1 Response 4 hrs ago

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    I know what it feels like to be depressed.

    I've had it all life long. I think depression has a lot to do with fear. Suicide is a cowards way of existence, but I believe people who commit suicide are nevertheless people too, with feelings and a heart. I would never wish that on anyone I know. But I do believe that...
    kiddishguypete kiddishguypete 26-30, M 2 Responses 3 days ago

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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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    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 5 days ago

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    NatashaRose NatashaRose 18-21, F 4 Responses Jan 25

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    Like I said somewhere before,

    anxiety is a demon that sits on my shoulder and whispers discouraging/disturbing things in my ear. When I go out in public (alone, with nothing to focus on) it finds megaphone and gets hopped up on stimulants. However, in these situations, anxiety also does some hallucinogens...
    AnxiousBizzareandCynical AnxiousBizzareandCynical 13-15, M 4 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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    magick67 magick67 46-50, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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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 May 17

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