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I Have Social Anxiety

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    ambivalentFriability ambivalentFriability 18-21 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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    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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    My mom thinks that social skills>intelligence.

    She forced me to go to a social group with the guidance counselor. Worst part, I'm the only girl.
    reivven reivven 13-15, F 3 Responses Apr 20

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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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    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 was so embarrassed yesterday at mcdonalds.

    I place my order and waited for my food. The woman got my order together and put my drink on the tray and called my number. I walked up and grabbed the tray and all of a sudden my drink slipped and spewed all over the counter. I was so embarrassed and apologetic the woman at the...
    tormentedinternally tormentedinternally 26-30, M 6 Responses Apr 22

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    My granddaughters don't accept me

    because of it . They wouldn't permit me to come to the wedding with an interpreter for my profound deafness. I don't like them any more. I'm not a gram for them. They lost. And if it wasn't for me on this earth .... They wouldn't be here. They should have known that...
    MargaretCallinan MargaretCallinan 70+, F 2 Responses Apr 25

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    invertedcocaine invertedcocaine 22-25, F 3 Responses Nov 1, 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 22 Responses Nov 7, 2014

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    I'm a bit unsure of this one.

    I know for a fact I have Generalized Anxiety Disorder as I was professionally diagnosed when I was 10. But over the past 4 years, things have been getting worse. I had my first panic attack in public back in October, I had to quit my job because of my anxiety as there were too...
    HazzaBoo HazzaBoo 16-17, F 3 Responses Apr 19

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    I've found my kin! I can relate to

    so many experiences you guys have posted here. :D
    RegressionToFetus RegressionToFetus 16-17, F a week 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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    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 12 Responses Jan 8

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    Having social anxiety

    and being an introvert is tough. Is so hard to talk to people and when I do I can't carry a conversation. It's awkward going into social settings. I rarely don't but when I do I have to leave the room to collect myself
    hiddenjem hiddenjem 22-25, F 1 Response Apr 20

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    chaekowski chaekowski 26-30, M 2 Responses Apr 22

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    I go to grocery stores with self check-outs,

    so I don't have to interact with the cashiers.
    chaekowski chaekowski 26-30, M 1 Response Apr 19

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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 8 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 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 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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    Omg.....I hope we can do this presentation next

    week because if not I'm gonna die of anxiety and panic and I hate everything. I hope that i don't have to do it tomorrow. Without my partner I swear I'll **** up and then I'll go into a hole of self hate and I just hope I don't have to be alone....
    animerules44 animerules44 16-17 5 Responses Apr 22

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    I was actually able to come out of my shell

    and be myself during the three days I was in Philadelphia. The only other time this has really happened was on my senior retreat. There must be something about spending a few days living with people my age that somehow dissolves my anxiety. Anyway, I'm glad I went, it was truly...
    InvertedWorld InvertedWorld 18-21, M 6 days ago

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    so I feel.embarrassed I told me co workers on

    my first day that I was getting bad anxiety..but I couldn't help it this new gen of kids is so rude ...
    imissdnce imissdnce 31-35, F 2 Responses 7 hrs 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 16-17, F 13 Responses Jan 30

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    Does anyone else get this.

    .. When I go out in public I get really anxious, can't go to a club by myself or shopping or to school or to a grocery store or gym without feeling like this. A lot of times the anxiety impairs me from acting rational and making rational decisions. I feel like people are watching...
    Experiencezzzz Experiencezzzz 18-21, M 3 Responses Apr 23

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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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    I am 18 years old and I literally cannot do

    basic day to day things. Talking to strangers gives me panic attacks and I get so quiet and my heart feels like it's jumping out of my chest. I can't walk to a garbage can to throw something out until someone else does it because I am scared someone might say something to me. I...
    memberxxx memberxxx 18-21, F 5 Responses Apr 20

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    NatashaRose NatashaRose 18-21, F 4 Responses Jan 25

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

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    I feel like I'm supposed to be more nervous

    about actually flying than about going through the process of boarding the plane...
    InvertedWorld InvertedWorld 18-21, M 1 Response Apr 22

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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 2 days ago

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    What do you people do

    for fun? i.g(walk in the park...)
    Shelterzone Shelterzone 16-17, M 4 Responses Apr 18

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    I, myself have agoraphobia.

    It is panic inducing and lonely.
    Fated2BJaded Fated2BJaded 41-45, F 1 Response 9 hrs ago

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    I hate it I don't ever see

    or talk to any of my friends anymore cause of it
    KaylaDem33 KaylaDem33 18-21, F Apr 20

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    I have social anxiety

    but it gets better every now and then. I haven't had it as bad as I do now in a long time. I think last time I had it was some time in 6th-7th grade. I'm in 9th grade now. I started wanting to skip school. I don't have many friends at school but the ones I do have I would never...
    ICanDoMyOwnThing ICanDoMyOwnThing 13-15, F 1 Response Apr 20

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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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    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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    I'm super into music.

    It's one of those things that are therapeutic for me. There's this one group that I really love and whom I religiously follow - tweets, instagram, interviews, even some of their other fans' social media. The thing is sometimes I get kinda sad seeing other fans converse with each...
    ManicPanicx ManicPanicx 22-25, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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    Ahhh! everytime I try to talk to this girl in

    my class, i turn into a babbling idoit. After Im done talking she gives me an awkward look.smh...so stupid.lol
    spaciousmind spaciousmind 26-30, M 2 Responses Apr 22

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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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    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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    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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    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 am too shy to make the first move.

    How do I overcome that
    17girl 17girl 22-25, F 8 Responses 3 days ago

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    I fear telling people what music i listen to,

    the movies i watch, etc. because of the fear of being judged....
    idk26 idk26 16-17, M 6 Responses Apr 19

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