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I Have Social Anxiety

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    This will probably seem really dumb to most

    people.. But, today, this girl named Jessica came up to hug me. Like always, I just walked away and scratched my head. My anxiety was acting up again.. *sighs*
    JustPassingIt JustPassingIt 13-15, M 3 Responses Mar 19

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    I did have it when I was in middle school,

    improved when I was in high school, and somehow I managed to get back to where I was. I can't ever talk to people right. I always stutter and mix up my words. I always regret saying what I said 5 minutes later and sometimes I wish I would've said more. I can't even make a...
    HelloLovelyPerson HelloLovelyPerson 18-21, F 2 Responses a week 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 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 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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    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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    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 16 Responses Jan 26

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    Is it normal to keep isolating yourself

    because you can't talk to people?
    NatashaRose NatashaRose 18-21, F 15 Responses Feb 1

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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...
    vintagesoul87 vintagesoul87 26-30, F 7 Responses Mar 19

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    It's gotten terrible,

    I'm really sensitive now too, and that sucks.. I take every little word to heart, even if it's stupid. Like.. I'm a cheerleader, and when we go to competitions, during awards they always play songs like the Cupid shuffle, wobble, and the wop and stuff. But I don't dance...
    Bflyboo14 Bflyboo14 13-15, F 7 Responses 3 days 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 11 Responses Nov 11, 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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    I saw a girl wearing a 5sos sweatshirt at my

    college place. I love 5sos. I wanted to stop and tell her I liked it, maybe ask her who her favorite was, but I got nervous so I kept walking past her. Then I was like "**** it" and I was gonna go back and talk to her. But then I got nervous that I had already walked to far away...
    unamerican unamerican 18-21, F 4 Responses 6 days ago

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    I think the reason im always exhausted is I try

    really hard for people not to read my emotions or see the type of person I really am. Everyday is a struggle lol
    Shelterzone Shelterzone 16-17, M 2 Responses Mar 19

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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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    How do you explain to someone you keep canceling

    because of your social phobia? Or should you even mention it at all?
    trainwr3ck trainwr3ck 22-25, F 2 Responses 1 hr 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 6 Responses Jan 18

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    It's been 2 days since I set foot outside my

    door. I went out today because I had to run some errands and as I was in the elevator preparing to head out my palms starting sweating all of a sudden. I went out and first made contact with a crowd of people and I felt a huge lump in my throat. As I was walking down the busy...
    NiteOwlet NiteOwlet 22-25, F 4 Responses 1 day ago

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    Does anyone else with anxiety have issues with

    people invading your personal space or with people you do not trust touching you?
    unreciprocated unreciprocated 36-40, F 2 Responses 3 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'm not the best communicator.

    I spend a lot of time disappointed by what I just said.
    Raruff Raruff 16-17, F 3 Responses 2 days ago

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

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    I don't leave my room,

    because I feel that no matter what I say I am boring people, and that I'm not good enough for anyone...
    JustSomeDewd JustSomeDewd 18-21, M 3 Responses 5 days ago

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    Still having a hard time at work.

    My birthday is coming up and I invited everyone to dinner. And of course no one wants to come. I try so hard to reach out to them and make friends but I keep getting shut down. It's hard enough to make a move in the first place and it really tears me down when I get rejected. I...
    Lucyshrimp Lucyshrimp 22-25, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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    Hey Ok so when I meet friends I get nervous,

    I hardly do sleepovers & I feel uncomfortable being away from home without family. My thoughts are getting more negative and I over analyse. On 30th I've invited 7 girls over (8 inc. me) to chill and for drinks, we did it once at xmas and it was great, it's just with me when...
    tillygeorrge tillygeorrge 16-17, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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    Mental illnesses suck.

    I was informed that a relative will be staying over tonight out of the blue. During the course of roughly 2 hours I went into a mini panic. I immediately became aware my relationship with the individual coming over, my past experiences and interactions with them, I profiled...
    Sunnycorr Sunnycorr 22-25, F 3 Responses 6 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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    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 23 Responses Nov 7, 2014

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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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    Along with social anxiety I also have major

    depression, which was initially triggered by the anxiety and I hate it when after a major depressive episode and I start feeling better everyone's always like you're doing so good, you look great, etc. It's so frustrating because yes, while I may not be as depressed, the root...
    ces588 ces588 26-30, F 4 Responses Mar 18

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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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    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 intense emotions

    and at work I get really angry or sad (big suprize lol) but it's like I just want to go cry somewhere. I'm an empath so I feel like I'm always feeling people's emotions and I think anxiety factors into it cause I feel like everyone is judging mr constantly like they somehow...
    strawberryletter22 strawberryletter22 18-21, F 1 Response 10 hrs ago

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    Its so frustrating. Especially

    when everyone just thinks I'm overreacting when in reality its the most frightening thing to me. A lot of my friends have jobs. I really want to get one but I'm terrified of having to go through a job interview. Then if I actually got the job I'd most likely have to do a job...
    Jessica4729 Jessica4729 13-15, F 1 Response Jan 7

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    So I just got married

    and moved to a new state all within a month. It was a lot of change for me and still is. I don't know anyone besides my husband and his friend here. It's been two months and I'm home alone all day because I haven't had any luck finding a job yet. My depression has been pretty...
    ConflictedChickThoughts ConflictedChickThoughts 18-21, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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    why me? i cant take this anymore it really make

    me depress, i cant brush it off in my mind it really torments me . .i hate it i cant get over it. . i cant function socially. .i always wear fake mask . .i totally suck . . why didnt i just given a fair fight in this life this is really unfair . why do i have a deformity...
    crushingnails crushingnails 18-21 50 mins ago

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    I need some insight here.

    Does anyone here take Ativan or Xanax and did it cause you to gain weight? If so how hard was it to lose it?
    bakedpotato2015 bakedpotato2015 31-35, F 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    I've come to the conclusion

    that I'm never gonna get a girlfriend until I deal with this social anxiety but it's gotten so bad lately I don't know if I can ever escape
    Dynamite500 Dynamite500 18-21, M 1 Response Mar 18

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    I thought I had social anxiety

    and depression but recently diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. BPD can be mistaken for depression and/or anxiety. I believe a lot more people have this who may just not know it yet, make sure you always feel satisfied with treatment you receive because if not you...
    hannahrobinson1993 hannahrobinson1993 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 19

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    Didnt say no more than a couple sentences

    but i hung out wit some people today. I guess thats progress…
    TheLastOfMe TheLastOfMe 22-25, M 2 Responses Mar 19

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

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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 8 Responses Nov 1, 2014

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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 11 Responses Dec 2, 2014

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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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    A male friend is coming over to my house

    tomorrow and I'm so nervous. I'm excited because I want to get to know him better (I don't have a crush on him but I think he has a crush on me). Anyway there's not much to do at my house, and we can't watch movies because we don't have a TV in the living room, and my parents...
    darkshadow011 darkshadow011 16-17, F 3 Responses