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I Have Social Anxiety

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    Chloeeee17 Chloeeee17 18-21, F 22 Responses Nov 23

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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 15 Responses a week ago

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    I've been so depressed

    and suicidal lately, with little to hold onto. My friends don't understand when I try to tell them how I'm feeling. They are hurt when I cancel plans over and over. My best friend visited me this weekend and I hadn't seen her for 3 months, and I had to be highly sedated to...
    nuttyduck nuttyduck 18-21, F 5 Responses Dec 7

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    What the **** happened to me.

    I use to walk around my school high fiving everyone, hugging the ladies, being very confident and open. I use to be on my ps3 talking so much **** for fun, outspoken with no ***** to give. I use to walk to my friends house and just chill, go places,ect.. Now look at me, I don...
    akaShaun akaShaun 16-17, M 4 Responses Dec 11

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    I cannot handle being around people.

    I'm lucky enough to have a job in which I can be left alone most of the time, but I do live in a big city, so just walking around can be stressful. I don't even attempt to make friends in real life, and I actively try to avoid talking to people whenever I can. I love the...
    seattledrummergirl seattledrummergirl 18-21, F 5 Responses Dec 11

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    ThatGuyEveryoneHates ThatGuyEveryoneHates 18-21, M 8 Responses Dec 8

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    I never realized, until now,

    that's what it was. I always knew that I had issues dealing with/ getting to know people. (Especially members of the opposite sex who I was attracted to.) But I never considered getting help. I just automatically assumed there was no help for me. This was just the way I am. I...
    ludix ludix 41-45, M 5 Responses 6 days ago

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    If anyone suffers from anxiety at work

    or anything like that I could do with some advice, really struggling in my new job.
    deejay2605 deejay2605 22-25, M 6 Responses Dec 11

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    I have social anxiety

    and I'm going to live on my own for the 1st time.I lived with my mom my whole life and now she's moving with her boyfriend and is telling me that I'm going to have to move out on my own by the end of this month.Im going to start working on the 12th of this month,but I'm just...
    isaiahZ isaiahZ 18-21, M 1 Response Dec 4

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    There Is Hope!

    I'm overcoming my anxiety, and it's surprising. It's been happening in small steps that lead to big change... For example, I now can go to the grocery store on a busy Sunday afternoon without much trouble. This is huge for me!! How did I do it? Each week I decided to go...
    atruelily atruelily 22-25, F 14 Responses Sep 7, 2009

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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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    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

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    I just found this group

    and haven't had time to read thru yet....just wondering if anyone else is this way because they were emotionally abused...or physically abused? my mother was incredibly mean to me when I was going up..... she made me a nervous wreck....anyone else?
    mercymary72 mercymary72 41-45, F 3 Responses Dec 10

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    I'm extremely nervous around other people's

    families and I never eat in front of them
    Pinkfluffyunicorn2 Pinkfluffyunicorn2 18-21, F 8 Responses Nov 28

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    demianorexx demianorexx 16-17, F 7 Responses 4 days ago

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    I HAD social anxiety.

    I'm somewhat antisocial (Not in the literal sense. I meant in the very very introverted sense) and I can be somewhat socially awkward. But I no longer feel anxious in most social situations thanks to exposure. You see, I've always been a shy person. I always had trouble...
    topsykrit topsykrit 18-21, F 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    I'm 19 suffering from social anxiety,

    I currently work and it has gotten better , but it's still there.I am looking for people to talk to,maybe be friends ? I get pretty lonely. If anyone has Skype ,mines is @ live:johanncampos332
    zeak18 zeak18 18-21 4 Responses Dec 9

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    I hate people.. I hate places.

    . Anytime I'm in a huge crowd, I feel drained from my body, I start sweating, I get light headed, I can barely breathe, my body feels heavy, I can't talk.. It's like I just shut down.
    Bflyboo14 Bflyboo14 13-15, F 7 Responses Nov 14

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    I often get these extreme hot flashes from

    anxiety sometimes almost so bad I feel like I am about to pass out. When I walk around in public my face gets so red because I think people are watching me and I'm self conscious so I can't function because I think about every little thing I'm doing, it's especially bad when I'm...
    bexk bexk 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 11

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    I have Generalized Anxiety Disorder.

    Only feel comfortable around people I know well. Brand new settings and new people don't go well with me.
    SentimentalMood SentimentalMood 36-40, F 6 Responses Nov 17

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    I don't understand why people with social

    anxiety have to present stuff in class
    s31fharm3r s31fharm3r 13-15, F 14 Responses Nov 11

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    Last night I went to dinner with some very good

    friends who I hadn't seen in a while. Just sitting there waiting to order, my body temperature shot through the roof as I started feeling anxious. I hate anxiety. Here I am, sitting with people that I love and I have what I guess would be an anxiety attack. Whenever it happens I...
    pnw21 pnw21 22-25, M 2 Responses 1 day 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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    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

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    I have had social anxiety

    for awhile now, but it hasn't been too bad until lately. I'm usually a straight A student in school but now I can hardly concentrate there's so many people in the room. I just want to freak out and run out of the room every time my teacher or classmate asks me something. And I...
    LopsidedLollipop LopsidedLollipop 13-15, F 1 Response Dec 3

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    I talk myself into thinking that

    if I go out everyone will stare at me and talk about me. I hardly leave the house anymore.
    Louloubird Louloubird 16-17, F 3 Responses 3 days ago

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    How have you handle your social anxiety,

    if at all? Do you feel the fear and do it anyway? Or do you avoid these situations altogether? Like everyone, I've been in very uncomfortable situations, and I've faced some and averted others. I recently got a position as a personal trainer at a gym and one of the requirements...
    WearOutKyd WearOutKyd 26-30, M 6 Responses a week ago

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    invertedcocaine invertedcocaine 22-25, F 4 Responses Nov 1

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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

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    If I see someone getting in an elevator

    that I was getting on I'll act like I wasn't actually getting on, call it again after they leave, and pray nobody else comes before it gets back. Sometimes repeat until I can get in alone. The small talk drains me, and the silence smothers me.
    AntonioDB AntonioDB 22-25, M 2 Responses Dec 8

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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

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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 3 Responses Nov 24

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    My anxiety is getting worse by the second.

    Whenever I go out I feel like people are judging me on what I wear, how I wear my hair, what sort of makeup I have on and even my ******* voice. I hate it. I just want to be happy in my own body. I want to be perfect but for that to happen, I need others to treat me that way. I...
    notyourbitchxo notyourbitchxo 13-15, F 12 Responses 2 days ago

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    this is me if your wondering

    and now u see why i need to lose weight
    EmmaMomsen EmmaMomsen 22-25, F 11 Responses 4 days ago

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    So today there was his guy at work

    and he was so loud and distracting and upsetting that he ended up setting off my anxiety and I messed up really badly. I didn't mean to mess up, but I just couldn't handle him. He was so unprofessional, and he had to help me sort out an issue before that, which also triggered...
    luna1912 luna1912 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 3

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    Gettin' Better... Much Better

    I've had my own struggles with social anxiety for most of my life.  I always knew that there were some people out there who genuinely liked me and were attracted to me, but I never knew why.  Also I thought that I had something to prove to almost...
    heyMayne heyMayne 18-21, M 28 Responses Sep 3, 2009

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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 3 Responses Dec 2

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    ugh, christmas shopping.

    ..time for the pushiness...crowds...panic attacks
    jbm1984 jbm1984 31-35, F 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    There are reasons why I have social anxiety,

    and I know that for part of it, it's all just in my head and me worrying... But there are times when you're disproven by people and realize there is much more to be anxious about... How would you react if you're in your room sitting and doing homework when you hear your...
    Redbeard74 Redbeard74 18-21, M 1 Response Dec 7

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    http://m.youtube.com/watch?

    v=d-diB65scQU Thought I'd share
    Philonous Philonous 18-21, M a week 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

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    I've been improving so much lately.

    On my university course, we have to role play with lecturers as if they are patients. In my opinion, that is so much worse than talking to a real patient lol. I just did it without any fear though, and they scored me really high marks for my clarity and communication skills...
    The2ndLaw The2ndLaw 18-21, F Dec 6

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    Some Advice

    Everyone wants to be liked regardless of who is in the room, but most people have the sense to hide that info. As a child I was extremely vulnerable and sensitive, and to make things worse I would hand over my peers the tools to torment me. In my efforts to win a crowd I would...
    Konrad Konrad 22-25, M 4 Responses Feb 23, 2010

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    When you walk by a group of people

    and they start laughing...it's the worst feeling.
    Erikaaaaa Erikaaaaa 13-15, F 10 Responses Jan 8

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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

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    Dkdjd Dkdjd 18-21, M 2 Responses Dec 7

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    It's so bad that I never take my sunglasses off

    cuz I can't look in peoples eyes when they are talking to me creeps me out and It hids my face I hid behind them I get strange look to why Iv got them on in side and people at school are use to it that's just me now I wish I did not have to ware them but I'll have a really bad...
    vicky170 vicky170 16-17, F Dec 3

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    When I was younger I was bullied nothing too

    traumatizing, at least I don't think, but I was always loud and bubbly. Which naturally offends others... For a while I thought I had been able to beat feeling slightly down around people, but lately it's back again. I am starting to hate going out! I guess part of it has to do...
    ofthisgirl90 ofthisgirl90 22-25, F 1 Response a week 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 10 Responses Nov 30

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    I am at a lost for words at the moment.

    For now I will Just say thank you for this place and the opportunity to speak freely without fear of extreme judgement. It is easier to admit social anxiety here. Then to say to someone in person, Sorry I can not accompany you to the party because the anxiety of being around...
    DuckyGirlHawaii DuckyGirlHawaii 18-21, F 7 Responses Mar 26

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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 26 Responses Nov 7

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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