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I Have Social Anxiety

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    If anyone needs an outlet to vent to,

    I admin both a GSA and AVPD group and part of an on call crisis support line. Its much safer to vent out the darkest thoughts to someone who is going through the same because we know the difference between venting and actual suicidal mindset. National numbers will dispatch pd...
    Socalsunset Socalsunset 22-25, F 5 Responses 6 days 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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    my social anxiety and depression were

    so bad I dropped out of mainstream school and started distance education. I'm so thankful to have such supportive parents who have stuck by me and encouraged me to keep going
    taigaaisaka taigaaisaka 16-17, F 11 hrs 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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    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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    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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    I, myself have agoraphobia.

    It is panic inducing and lonely.
    Fated2BJaded Fated2BJaded 41-45, F 2 Responses 3 days 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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    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 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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    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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    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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    You wouldn't ever know

    if you met me. The most outgoing person and the life of every party. It's EXHAUSTING!
    simplysusan01 simplysusan01 41-45, F 3 Responses 2 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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    I can't help but feel like I'm always going to

    mess things up If I act like myself. I have good friends that are always there trying to help me be confident but the small things that people do to interact on a day to day basis seem like impossible feats to me sometimes.
    MovieMan91 MovieMan91 22-25, M 2 Responses 2 days ago

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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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    ambivalentFriability ambivalentFriability 18-21 1 Response 5 days ago

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    invertedcocaine invertedcocaine 22-25, F 3 Responses Nov 1, 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'm currently a freshman in high school

    and I have selective mutism which nobody really understands. I got a book from the library for a project and the return date is today. I was too scared to bring it to the library because I have to give it to the assistant librarian and that gives me a lot of anxiety. I'm scared...
    lexi1027 lexi1027 13-15, F 4 Responses 1 day ago

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    I have extreme social anxiety due to peers

    bullying and abusing me. I was normal to begin with. So, it all started when I was about 5. I was living in gapview trailer park. And I became close friends with two boys who also lived there, Tyler and Steven. We did everything together. We went to school with each other...
    fallenangel0421 fallenangel0421 13-15, F 3 Responses 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 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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    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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    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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    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 Apr 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 12 Responses Jan 8

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    ThatGuyEveryoneHates ThatGuyEveryoneHates 18-21, M 6 Responses Dec 8, 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 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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    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 21 Responses Nov 7, 2014

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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 Apr 26

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    While growing up I was bullied

    and I met a lot of people who said no one cares my family didn't really help me at all growing up so I don't mess with people I rather be by myself
    sixcolorz sixcolorz 22-25, F 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    NatashaRose NatashaRose 18-21, F 4 Responses Jan 25

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    After falling behind in classes due to outside

    problems, my social anxiety has come back and I'm afraid to face my teachers... I thought I was done with this... apparently not...
    Dakavu Dakavu 18-21, M 2 Responses Apr 22

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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 4 Responses 3 days 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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    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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    I cant stand to be in a crowd of people

    who have money and stuff. I feel so left out. I cant even be in the same room hardly as people 'better' than me.
    princessunikitty princessunikitty 18-21, F 3 Responses 21 hrs 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 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 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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    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 am too shy to make the first move.

    How do I overcome that
    17girl 17girl 22-25, F 8 Responses a week ago

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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 7 Responses 6 days ago

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    ToriKilljoy ToriKilljoy 18-21, F 10 Responses Jan 20

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