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I Have Social Anxiety

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

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    And so, I partied my way through the night,

    and I'm so glad that I went through it because I had an awesome time. All my fears were just in my head, and as a co-author of my story I'm beginning to write a new path for myself and I'm loving every moment.
    rumblingheart rumblingheart 18-21, F 2 Responses Jan 17

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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 2 Responses Nov 24, 2014

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    Because of my social anxiety,

    I have become jaded and cynical. I tell myself I don't need to be popular, I don't need to have lots or friends, I don't need to be the life of the party, but I would not mind if all that were true. I find myself with feelings of contempt for those who are popular or outgoing. I...
    GrimCreeper0150 GrimCreeper0150 22-25, M 3 Responses 19 hrs ago

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    I was around 8 when I was diagnosed with social

    anxiety, from a young age I've always been scared of crowds, being in front of people,put on the spot,embarrassing myself. No matter how hard I try to block it this sometimes overwhelming feeling is always on the back of my mind just following me. I'm even anxious around my...
    musicforlife0321 musicforlife0321 18-21, F 4 Responses 2 days ago

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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, 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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    I have social anxiety

    and it's getting to much for me to handle anymore. I hate going to school, my grades suck and I barely have any friends anymore because i always blow everyone off. I stopped sitting with people at lunch and hanging out with people because I think everything I say is stupid or I...
    hans167 hans167 18-21, F 4 Responses 6 days ago

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    i hate that i have social anxiety

    and i cant face my fears
    itsstephybitxh itsstephybitxh 18-21, F 1 Response 8 hrs ago

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    I can really be a ***** sometimes.

    ..or I'll always say the wrong thing.. Cause I don't know how to speak properly to people, I feel like it's ruining me
    bluegirlie98 bluegirlie98 16-17, F 1 Response 24 mins ago

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    xxhelpxxmexx xxhelpxxmexx 13-15, F 4 Responses 8 hrs ago

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    Im going back to school on tuesday

    and ive been out since end of school last year. I think its time to grow some nuts and overcome my anxiety...
    LocoSaulteaux LocoSaulteaux 13-15, M 1 day 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, 2014

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    I'm fine with people.

    I'm a people person. But when I meet men that remind me of my dad, I get so nervous, like I'm waiting for them to freak out and start hitting me and telling me how worthless I am. I'm having this problem right now with my current boss. Thankfully, its getting better the more I...
    coleslayer coleslayer 26-30 1 Response 6 days ago

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    Not really social anxiety.

    . I am comfortable around others, I'm just not to keen on interacting. I feel right at home in large crowds and bars watching the ants at work in there natural habitats. Its all so fascinating, yet entirely boring at the same time. My social anxiety comes in waves and is usually...
    NihilSineNefas NihilSineNefas 22-25, M Jan 17

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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 14 Responses Jan 8

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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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    ToriKilljoy ToriKilljoy 18-21, F 8 Responses 5 days ago

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    Chloeeee17 Chloeeee17 18-21, F 20 Responses Nov 23, 2014

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    I've always been pretty shy

    but I just recently got diagnosed with social anxiety. I am now at the point where I don't even want to leave my house. Is there anything I can or should do?
    mandadelilah mandadelilah 16-17, F 4 Responses 2 days ago

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    I'm sitting in a crowded theater,

    waiting for the opera to start and I'm nervous as hell. There are people everywhere and the lights haven't descended yet and I'm alone and fear everyone is judging me. I know it's silly and irrational, but all rationale is out the window when you have anxiety problems. All I can...
    tormentedinternally tormentedinternally 26-30, M 2 Responses 16 hrs ago

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    Yeah it's true I have this.

    But I hate that I do
    oneperson93 oneperson93 18-21, M 1 Response 3 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 5 Responses a week 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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    Today some guy my age came to my work to bring

    his horses in. He's a new boarder, so he'll be back. Which sucks. Because I'm literally so awkward around people especially guys. I was sweeping the barn and thinking "please don't talk to me. Please don't talk to me." All the sudden "HI! Do you know where to find a marker so I...
    Rosaalie Rosaalie 18-21, F 6 Responses 1 day ago

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    But i learned. if you are just waiting

    for someone try to get to know you,i swear nothing happens forever. i sometimes avoid people,push them away, 'cos everytime i talk about myself,i feel they never understand me since i've been domestic violence. i even feel that to few good friends. this might be not fair. You...
    juryandrews juryandrews 31-35, F 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    NatashaRose NatashaRose 18-21, F 5 Responses 21 hrs 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 9 Responses Nov 30, 2014

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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, 2014

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

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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, 2014

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    jackk225 jackk225 18-21, M 2 Responses 2 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 12 Responses Nov 11, 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 25 Responses Nov 7, 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 19-21, F 20 Responses Oct 25, 2006

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    Sixteen years old and too scared to pick up job

    applications for places too small to have them online. Too scared to ask around for references. Possibly my biggest character flaw; I'm too scared to ask the simplest of questions because I fear the social encounter that comes of it
    Smolderous Smolderous 16-17, F 7 hrs ago

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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 10 Responses Dec 28, 2014

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    Why Me?...

    When i was young i was a happy child who talked a lot and was sociable, But that all changed when i started my first year of primary school. I was bullied constantly and abused both mentally and physically, The bullies turned everyone in the school against me, it was basicly a...
    Unreality Unreality 18-21, M 45 Responses Mar 30, 2009

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    This past week a friend of my host came to stay

    here, a seven day visit. I started feeling nervous for no apparent reason two days earlier, which I noticed because I was smoking way more than normal. When I'd first found out there wad someone new here I actually was going out of my way to avoid meeting or even seeing her...
    NeonBlueMidnight NeonBlueMidnight 26-30, M 2 Responses Jan 16

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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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    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 8 Responses Nov 20, 2014

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    I think I have social anxiety

    because of I'm in a class where I have no friends I literally almost cry.... Once I did cry bc I had to talk in front of my class.
    KaylaBVB KaylaBVB 16-17, F 2 Responses 5 hrs ago

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    Sometimes I think my social anxiety is weird,

    too me it is. People respond differently too social situations, so its all not exactly the same. But for me, it all depends on where i am at and who's there with me. Like in some cases, when I am around people I can just talk and talk and talk. but then i start to think "hey i...
    AfraidOfMyOwnMind AfraidOfMyOwnMind 16-17, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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    There's been so many times

    that I've been invited out with friends and my anxiety got in the way, so I canceled. It has been one of the reasons why a past friendship ended. I kept cancelling plans and eventually, we began to grow apart. But starting this year, I've decided to stop doing that. Whenever...
    rumblingheart rumblingheart 18-21, F 4 Responses Jan 17

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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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    So my office had a bowling party on Saturday

    this was in place of a Christmas party. It went fine I really didn't want to go mainly because I try so hard to socialize and I feel like people block me out. This occasion confirmed that for me as usual. Luckily my husband came with me he seems to be a social butterfly. So I...
    Slackergirl Slackergirl 31-35, F 2 Responses a week ago

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    I wanted to be normal

    so bad, but every time I tried to open my mouth, I froze up. My earliest memory of this was in 5th grade when my teacher tried to force me to read my presentation and I just started sobbing. I couldn't handle it. I couldn't look her in the eye and read from my damn paper even...
    whisperedthing whisperedthing 16-17, F 3 Responses a week 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 9 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 10 Responses Nov 10, 2014

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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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    I hate talking in front of a large group of

    people and getting judged.
    itstiffanylea itstiffanylea 13-15, F 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    I go inside a situation thinking f this ****

    I'm going to be myself and I don't care what other people think..but I come out of it completely paranoid and thinks everyone hates me. haha life.
    XxSxarletxX XxSxarletxX 16-17, F