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I Have Social Anxiety

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    MY BIGGEST PET PEEVE: When people act

    'depressed' or think they have 'social anxiety' to fit in or do it for attention, when there are others out there who are actually diagnosed and have it way worse. I actually have a social disorder that affects me day to day. A few months ago I remember my friend saying 'I'm so...
    Hipstercatlover Hipstercatlover 16-17, F 5 Responses Aug 23

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    ... and this can really be a problem.

    In my chosen career field, I must interact with large numbers of people on a regular basis. I must "network" and "connect" constantly, and must always be "on". Sounds like a machine more than a person, but that's the truth of it. I love my job, and the product of it, but I can...
    JackLawson91 JackLawson91 22-25, M 1 Response 5 days ago

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    I was at the mall the other day doing some long

    overdue shopping and I ended up leaving without half the things I needed to get because I just couldn't deal with interacting with another checkout operator. It's frustrating because I know I'm perfectly capable of doing it, after all I'd already bought stuff from two other...
    Zeurosis Zeurosis 18-21, F 5 Responses 3 days ago

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    I don't know how to relate to people very well

    or make friends. People treat me like I don't matter and I don't know how to break the cycle. I want to date girls and meet a lifelong partner but the person I am isn't what anyone wants. I don't know if I necessarily have social anxiety but I can't seem to attract anybody and I...
    dvdkrz dvdkrz 18-21, M 2 Responses 2 days ago

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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...
    deleted deleted 26-30 7 Responses Mar 19

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    *goes to party and awkwardly follows friend

    around the whole time* *goes to reunion, awkwardly follows mom around the whole time* *goes to hell, awkwardly follows Satan around the whole time*
    Bflyboo14 Bflyboo14 13-15, F 13 Responses Aug 19

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    I went to a wedding the other day

    and it actually wasn't going that bad. Until the dancing started... It made me feel really awkward and self contious because I can't dance in public (I start panicking and my body just refuses to move) and I didn't know anybody there. But the worse part was that my mum made me...
    escapemyreality escapemyreality 22-25, F 6 Responses 4 days ago

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    My social anxiety is really effecting my life.

    I've been with my dad for a week and now I'm feeling sick going back to my mum.
    conflictinglives conflictinglives 13-15, M a week ago

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    You know those spray tanning booths you go into

    and it's like a misty shower? I'd love one of those, but I'd load that sucker up with antiperspirant.
    omgwut omgwut 41-45, M 1 Response Aug 25

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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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    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 14 Responses Jan 26

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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 7 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 feel like theirs something wrong with me i

    bite my nails because im nervous around people i get cold sweats on the train my hands start to shake if i feel someone looking at me i dont know why im like this i feel awkward around people and i hate myself for it i cant see my life getting any better...
    TheLastOfMe TheLastOfMe 22-25, M 1 Response 1 day ago

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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 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 8 Responses Nov 30, 2014

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    anyone have instagram?

    Mine is Danae Ruff-Robins. I will follow and follow me back if you want
    PeachCreme PeachCreme 18-21, F 4 days ago

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    I hate class room anxiety.

    I hate classes that are full. :/
    FacePalmCat FacePalmCat 18-21, M 1 Response 2 days ago

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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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    So in gym were going to be starting swimming.

    And 1. I only know 1 kid in my class and it's the one kid I like. 2. I straighten my hair everyday .. So that's gonna get ****** up. 3. It's 2 days a week for 10 weeks (40 minutes ) and 4. I don't want to wear a bathing suit in front of everyone. And if I "forget" my bathing...
    kxtrinx kxtrinx 13-15, F 1 Response Aug 27

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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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    I spent all days of my life at home only.

    I could'nt even go to chemist, grocerry shops, doctors alone. I can't say I like going to school but over the years I survived there. Now is the last year, phew. Gotta worry about college now.
    aweirdgirl aweirdgirl 16-17, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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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 18-21, F 13 Responses Jan 30

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    This is going to sound crazy

    but yeah. I am scared to go back on the first day. Basically, i have an dentist appointment (that I have to go to) in the time slot of my last lesson. So I will miss that lesson. Firstly I am scared cause I have no clue which gate to go out of and I might get into trouble for...
    RachieBlondie RachieBlondie 13-15, F 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...
    deleted deleted 26-30 20 Responses Mar 21, 2014

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    I started college today

    and I got so nervous I started shaking and wanted to cry. Tomorrow is a longer day.
    Lolinondoda Lolinondoda 16-17, F 4 Responses Aug 26

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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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    I have a 9 hour day at college tomorrow

    and I will not know a single person there. I just get really anxious and completely shut down. I have really big gaps between my classes and I am not going to have anywhere to go. I just really hate college. I can't seem to find my place.
    pianokat pianokat 18-21, F 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    I don't know if I actually have social anxiety

    because I am too scared to mention my thoughts to my parents. I'm an insomniac and take medication for that. I'm almost positive there are 5 mental disorders that I'm convinced I have but Mario scared to tell anyone about. These are based on my extensive Internet research. 1...
    sk8rkm77 sk8rkm77 13-15, F 3 Responses 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 10 Responses Dec 2, 2014

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    ToriKilljoy ToriKilljoy 18-21, F 10 Responses Jan 20

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    My social anxiety is a huge problem in my life

    and is the reason I cry most nights thinking about my life. My social anxiety is rooted in a possible case of Aspergers. I say possible because when I went to the doctor about it they couldn't be bothered to recommend me to a specialist so I'll never know for sure but my...
    NicoNicoNii NicoNicoNii 18-21, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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    cleodaclark cleodaclark 13-15, F 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    I'm going into my third year of nursing soon

    and can't even think about how I'm going to deal with everything. I've spent 4 months of break pretty much doing nothing and got too comfortable in my house. I was diagnosed with SAD end of my first year and I can't stand being in groups, especially for discussion. I wanted to...
    ashhh25 ashhh25 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 25

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    I was fifteen minutes late to class today

    and I couldn't go because everyone would look at me if I walk in. I hate myself when my anxiety inhibits me from doing things, even those that are important. I would miss days of medication because I cannot go outside. I need to finish college, but it's so hard and I don't have...
    StrangeDisaster StrangeDisaster 18-21, F 3 Responses 2 days ago

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    Classes start again tomorrow.

    I've been going to my college for two years now already and I'm familiar with the campus and my Biology teacher, but I'm still nervous about being in a classroom again. My anxiety is the worst for the first couple of weeks. Plus I got my haircut so I'll be self conscious about...
    sunshinebucky sunshinebucky 18-21, F Aug 25

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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 9 Responses Apr 16

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    i only went to the bank

    but my hand keep trembling, my heart beating so fast and i couldnt think straight. i just hope i could get rid of this stupid trembling things! i want to live like a normal person.
    NurRni NurRni 22-25, F 1 day ago

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    I find it so ******* frustrating

    when people say "Just relax, you'll be fine" "Don't think about it" "Just breathe" Or the beloved "you're overthinking" YEAH NO **** SHERLOCK.
    Bflyboo14 Bflyboo14 13-15, F 10 Responses Aug 26

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    I get really nervous

    and feel nauseous while talking to people in person and online. Kinda using ep to break out of it 😁
    Destiel67 Destiel67 18-21, F 1 Response 1 day 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 10 Responses Dec 3, 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 13 Responses Dec 12, 2014

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

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    My anxiety has been getting worse

    since class has started. I keep feeling out of place especially because of my appearance.
    avalily avalily 18-21, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    I have universal alopica,

    and that's hurt
    hoopaboba hoopaboba 26-30, M 1 Response 5 days 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 26-30, F 12 Responses Jan 8