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I Have Social Anxiety

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    i don't go out to get the mail

    when the neighbors are out.
    chaekowski chaekowski 26-30, M 3 Responses 11 hrs ago

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    I hate it going to school

    and sitting in a class full of people i don't know and don't talk to , especially when we have to get in groups and I don't know who to go with .
    crystalisonfire crystalisonfire 16-17, F 8 Responses a week 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...
    Sparkles4Soul Sparkles4Soul 26-30, F 20 Responses Mar 21, 2014

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    Because of my abusive father,

    I grew up to be very shy. This made it easy for other kids to take advantage of me and bully me. I started to hate people. My young innocent mind became cynical. Being around people, even friends, would give me panic attacks. These panic attacks would make my throat feel likes...
    Alexandur Alexandur 16-17, M 1 Response Apr 5

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    Well this doesn't really fit here

    but maybe it does. So I've discovered that recently I start shaking really bad when someone says something that makes me angry or makes me feel upset about it. I get really shaky and I feel like I'm nervous almost but I don't think I am. My chest feels all weird like there's...
    wedgieshurtalot wedgieshurtalot 16-17, F 1 Response Apr 5

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    So till this day I still get really anxious

    over the simplest things. I always need someone by my side so I can feel okay and safe. Thinking about growing up and becoming an adult really scares me, since I still feel I'm not ready to meet people or start communicating with others. I always been that shy and quiet kid...
    charites0 charites0 16-17, F Apr 7

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    I just don't know what to say sometimes,

    okay all the time. My friend says to me "i don't want to feel how i feels anymore." Said she wanted to get up and go to work and just be happy. I like didn't know what to say. I feel horrible sometimes. I just want to know what to say at the right time. I don't want to stutter...
    littlejxoxo littlejxoxo 26-30, F 4 Responses Apr 8

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    I am regressing. I had some people I thought

    were my friends do some mean things lately. Such as not letting me eat with them, laughing when I sit with them, and even sending a snapchat calling me a poser. I feel like all of my fears are being justified and I am not feeling very trusting of any of my friends. I was free...
    shootdownthestars shootdownthestars 16-17, F 3 Responses Apr 7

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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 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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    It's so bad that the teacher pulled me out of

    class to ask if I was okay. I'm so quiet and awkward. Usually, most people don't even know that I'm in their class, or I'm absent. But when it comes to talking to people, I'm really awkward, and feel so stressed and anxious around them...
    Blu43ver Blu43ver 13-15, F 4 Responses 6 days ago

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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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    NatashaRose NatashaRose 18-21, F 4 Responses Jan 25

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    I was hanging out with a friend ( girlfriend)

    and I wanted to ask her out but it just wouldn't come out it was like seriously because I rarely have social ( or physical) fears I just don't talk to people because I am always getting messed with and most people don't understand me so I am just quiet
    supergenius0814 supergenius0814 13-15, M 1 Response 6 days ago

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    What have I done? I wish I could run away from

    all this ****. I just wanted to help, but I hurt everyone else. Now I feel the weight of the world is on my shoulders. It’s like having a black cloud over my head, and everyone’s noticing it. My best intensions make a mess of things. I don't belong here.
    RileyFeld RileyFeld 16-17, F 2 Responses 17 hrs ago

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    I haven't been to one of my college classes in

    over a month, luckily the teacher has a grading system to negate this. Going in there after so long terrifies me. I am scared that he will point out the fact that I have been gone so long and make me the center if attention. I really need to back to class because if I get...
    bigluke74 bigluke74 18-21, M 1 Response 2 days 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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    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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    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 23 Responses Nov 7, 2014

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

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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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    Hi, i have been struggling with a lot of

    personality disorders for the last 18 years, which is practically my entire life. i suffer from anxiety, stress disorder, nervousness, and overall huge depression. and to make this a bit shorter. im gonna talk about my most recent experience, which is job related. i'm working in...
    millesmiller millesmiller 31-35 1 Response Apr 3

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    It's so bad that at school I have small panic

    attacks as the bell to go to the next period gets closer because I'm so scared of the crowded halls. I also do not go to lunch. I usually will go to the library, walk the halls (since everyone is in class or lunch) or if I'm eating, I'll eat in the bathroom stalls. When I am...
    StrawberryShortcake97 StrawberryShortcake97 18-21, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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    And it's crippling. I hope it gets better

    but I need to work on myself :(
    winjj93 winjj93 18-21, M 1 Response Apr 9

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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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    What do you people do

    for fun? i.g(walk in the park...)
    Shelterzone Shelterzone 16-17, M 3 Responses 8 hrs ago

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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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    SunshineAnderson13 SunshineAnderson13 22-25, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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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 2 days ago

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    so today my brother set up a job interview

    for me. I was really nervous. I woke up at 10 and walked all the way to the restaurant got to the doors and stood there for 10 min debating if I was brave enough to go talk to the boss. and I ended up turning around and walking away. I can't speak it just won't come out. I ended...
    DarkKnights10 DarkKnights10 16-17, F 2 Responses Apr 3

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    Just starting on a new building site & it's

    massive with lots going on, looks so daunting, feeling so anxious right now
    superfreak19891 superfreak19891 31-35, M 2 days ago

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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 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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    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 10 Responses Nov 30, 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 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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    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 13 Responses Jan 8

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    BenignSoul BenignSoul 22-25, M 9 hrs ago

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    I am a very gifted communicator.

    How ever I have social anxiety. Not as bad as I used to because I have worked on it. But most importantly I have social sham and social grace problems and become easily humiliated because I can't handle any social pressure. It bums me out because I have such a promising life. I...
    louisthe17th louisthe17th 46-50, M Apr 4

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    I used to associate shyness

    as a bad thing. There was never day month or year that people would point that out about me. I didn't have too many friends when I was little. I shyed away from my peers because I was afraid of what they would think of me. I didn't what was worse opening up my mouth or keeping...
    Candycane711 Candycane711 22-25, F 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    I miss a lot of school

    because of my ANXITY but one thing that I have noticed that docent help is when my mom talks about how much school I'm missing and how much school work I'm behind on and how she wishes I would just gets to school. but I feel that if she were to spend more time congratulating me...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    My mom said if I spend the entire spring break

    in bed again she's going to send me to counseling. Hahah :)
    MariahsLamb MariahsLamb 13-15, F Apr 6

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    If im at school i can't really move in anyway

    because im scared to do something wrong in front of other people..like everyday at school im just waiting for myself to do something wrong or just look stupid while doing something, scared someone will notice whatever i do
    Celine1804 Celine1804 13-15, F 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    i have my brother cut my hair,

    so that i don't have to go to the barbershop and talk to the hair-stylist.
    chaekowski chaekowski 26-30, M 1 day ago

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    ToriKilljoy ToriKilljoy 18-21, F 9 Responses Jan 20