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I Have Social Anxiety

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    My daughter is getting married in less

    than two months, and I am very nervous about all of the father-of-the-bride responsibilities. Most of all, the hosting of the reception, father-daughter dance and just the entire social interaction aspect of it all. My daughter has the same social anxiety issues, but is...
    rolywynne rolywynne 46-50, M 3 Responses 4 days ago

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    My hands sweat a lot

    and even sometimes my underarms whenever I interact with people. I'm always overly aware of what I think other people are thinking and I usually find myself seeking some type of approval from others. It's crippling my relationships with society because I feel like people judge...
    iPromise2KeepHopeAlive iPromise2KeepHopeAlive 22-25, M 2 Responses Feb 24

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    Does anyone have suggestions on getting over

    social anxiety. Mine is getting worse, anything from going to the grocery store or going to a restaurant. Walking through the store I just want to stare at the ground and pretend I'm the only one around. I even have to choose a cashier who isn't my age so I don't have to worry...
    alyssakayart alyssakayart 18-21, F 12 Responses Feb 24

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    About to meet with a new counselor.

    I hope I get better. Wish me luck!
    Lucyshrimp Lucyshrimp 22-25, F 7 Responses 3 days ago

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    ToriKilljoy ToriKilljoy 18-21, F 9 Responses Jan 20

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    I can never present to save my life.

    my teachers know that I get too nervous and scared to present anything in front of the class but they continue to do so and everytime I do I end up having a panic attack and they don't understand how that affects me. I am at the point where I am too scared to even go to school...
    ss18 ss18 13-15, F 4 Responses Feb 26

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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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    Especially if your my friend

    and have your friends come over for like a party or something
    spaz840 spaz840 18-21, M 1 Response 14 hrs ago

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    Today in the cafeteria i dropped a cup

    and everyone started screaming and clapping!! i ran out of the lunchroom crying as everyone was making fun of me because i dropped a cup...i dont want to be here anymore...why cant i just hide forever?
    SoonToBeGone SoonToBeGone 16-17, F 6 Responses 3 days ago

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    It's more like anxiety of attention

    or being around crowds. I just can't handle it. I do enjoy people but in small groups of maybe three or four. But I have had this for a good amount of time through my young teen years all the way into adulthood. It sucks because the majority of people I have dated have been...
    TheCutestDragon TheCutestDragon 18-21, F 5 Responses a week ago

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    iam looking for someone to skype with.

    just to get comfortable with talking to strangers face to face.i think this will be a start to sociallizing better.im not just looking for girls to chat with although i preffer to chat with them.looking for anyone guys,girls,any age.Anyone who is intersted.inbox me your skype id...
    voyagetoheaven voyagetoheaven 18-21, M 3 Responses 4 days ago

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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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    In school, I had to create a video in Arabic.

    Arabic isn't my first language and people say I sound like a child speaking it. On the day of the presentation, i ran out of the classroom and started hyperventilating in the bathroom because I couldn't stand the embarrassment. I walked back into the classroom afraid of what...
    radsadbrad radsadbrad 13-15, F 3 Responses Feb 25

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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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    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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    I have never had a real job before

    and now I do and I love everything about it except how my office expects me to attend their parties and social events. I have social anxiety particularly in environments that include alcohol. I have been able to avoid these situations until now and now it's more stressful than...
    Lucyshrimp Lucyshrimp 22-25, F 5 Responses 5 days ago

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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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    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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    NatashaRose NatashaRose 18-21, F 5 Responses Jan 25

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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 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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    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 24 Responses Nov 7, 2014

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    Honestly my emetophobia is ruining my life I

    can't leave the house ever. Because of all this there's no way a guy will like me with all my baggage. Just a huge mess.
    AwkwardBlackGirl AwkwardBlackGirl 16-17, F 3 Responses 5 days ago

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    Would love to be in a relationship

    but social anxiety and shyness won't let me
    Mitchhhhh Mitchhhhh 18-21, M 1 Response 17 hrs ago

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    ThatGuyEveryoneHates ThatGuyEveryoneHates 18-21, M 7 Responses Dec 8, 2014

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    So my big cousin that I haven't seen in awhile

    just came over but I just acted like she was a stranger but I don't mean to act that way
    imdifferent97 imdifferent97 16-17, F 2 Responses Feb 23

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    hate my social anxiety.

    stops me from meeting people.. girls. jobs I'll be dishwasher because I don't have to deal with people much. but the anxiety still builds. so I don't leave the house much in less I have too. it I getting worst over time.. I do know how I got it.. probably from being locked in my...
    cosciatony cosciatony 26-30, M 4 Responses 5 days ago

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    I think I need to work on hiding my emotions,

    or just not fuckjng listening to people lol
    strawberryletter22 strawberryletter22 18-21, F 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    I'm having a rough day

    so I think I'll share how I feel and just kinda document what's going on in my head so I can get my thoughts straight and maybe someone will read this and be able to relate to it. I'm just getting tired of it. I haven't had a conversation with someone in weeks. I feel like...
    LeChatCurieux LeChatCurieux 18-21, F 2 Responses 4 days 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 14 Responses Dec 12, 2014

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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 2 Responses Jan 7

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    Hey, I'm new to this site

    after googling social anxiety for hours I finally found this place lol. But yeah...new here, will be adding some stuff to the account so if you'd like to add me or talk or whatever...do that :)
    United2008 United2008 18-21, M 1 Response 5 days ago

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    Chloeeee17 Chloeeee17 18-21, F 19 Responses Nov 23, 2014

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    Just random rambles..

    . I've spent so much time hiding, that I've disappeared off the map. I've erased my presence completely. But I don't mind. I'd be nervous if I was remembered, because I'm no longer the same person I once was. Everyone has moved on with their lives of course, but I've moved...
    xagainstthecurrentx xagainstthecurrentx 18-21, F 2 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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    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 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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    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 18 Responses Jan 26

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    I have social anxiety.

    It is worst when I'm driving. I don't even like drivers behind me - it freaks me out. I'm not a bad driver when I'm calm but in traffic or when there are a lot of cars moving in multiple directions (plus pedestrians) I make small mistakes. I feel like my driving is subpar...
    MVPFLF MVPFLF 18-21, M 4 Responses 6 days ago

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

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    I have a presentation on Monday.

    I really don't think I won't be able to do it. It's just way to stressful and it's a killer. I haven't even showed my topic to the teacher cause I'm not sure what to even talk about. I have to do short presentation on an informative topic.
    Dkdjd Dkdjd 18-21, M 6 Responses Feb 24

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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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    why do people have to be

    so mean? why do they constantly have to belittle others and then act as if they're just being sensitive? i missed out on so many opportunities because i was too self-conscious and scared of people judging me and i'm so angry about it. i don't usually hold grudges but ugh i feel...
    Jennyyy96 Jennyyy96 18-21, F 7 Responses 2 days ago

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    I'm looking up. I'm scared to talk to most

    people, yeah but it's not uncurable. I can get better. I just need expierience to be comfortable being social. yay. (good mood)
    hmmidekdude hmmidekdude 16-17, F 1 Response 3 hrs ago

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    strawberryletter22 strawberryletter22 18-21, F 3 Responses 5 days ago

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    ok ...I have always felt alone .

    ..like everyone judges and studies me I hattte it bc honestly I don't care what I look like ...I just want some one to talk to . ....I hate being stared and glared at . I only like 5 people every one else judges me on my appearance ...I change my hair constantly just bc ...and I...
    imissdnce imissdnce 26-30, F 3 Responses 18 hrs 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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