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    I'm going to start exercising regularly by

    running and swimming, but I'm afraid of doing it in the gym. I'm not a good swimmer (I splash a lot, and sink, and I'm slow), so I'll draw a lot of attention, unfortunately. And I'd call myself a runner, but I prefer to be outdoors -- I just can't keep that habit up once there's...
    mugiwara7 mugiwara7 22-25, M 3 Responses 4 days ago

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    cleodaclark cleodaclark 13-15, F 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    Back in the times when technology had not taken

    over people's minds and lives, people used to live in colonies. As a group. Large cities were not prevalent then. So, each member of the house interacted with those of others in the colonies as if they were extended family and sometimes, more than their own family. It...
    kasiyat kasiyat 26-30, F Aug 24

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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 5 Responses Apr 12

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

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    my brain just shuts off.

    I think this has made me hate everyone including me.
    exliontamer exliontamer 22-25, F 2 Responses Aug 23

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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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    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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    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

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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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    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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    when people I rarely talk to talk to me,

    my brain just automatically shuts down. I am slow on making a reply so people think Im deaf or mute when im not..
    R3Animated R3Animated 13-15, F 6 Responses Aug 24

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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 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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    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 5 days ago

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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 1 day 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 7 Responses Nov 1, 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'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 1 Response a week ago

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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 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 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 5 days ago

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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 6 days ago

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    Wasted all of my days of summer.

    Now I start my first year of highschool on Monday with no friends in any of my classes since I'm the new girl... Just the thought of it makes me break down ..
    kxtrinx kxtrinx 13-15, F 3 Responses Aug 22

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    ToriKilljoy ToriKilljoy 18-21, F 10 Responses Jan 20

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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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    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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    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 have universal alopica,

    and that's hurt
    hoopaboba hoopaboba 26-30, M 1 Response 3 days ago

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    I hate class room anxiety.

    I hate classes that are full. :/
    FacePalmCat FacePalmCat 18-21, M 2 hrs 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 6 days ago

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    I have no marketable personality.

    I am still like a child. I need to be around others, and imitate. That may sound bad, but we all imitate from birth. It is how we learn the language, among other things. I walked up to an eating girl at work and said simply "is that salmon?" The one who wins is the one who...
    SweetSpiritEnergy SweetSpiritEnergy 26-30 2 Responses Aug 24

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    NatashaRose NatashaRose 18-21, F 3 Responses Jan 25

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    At this age I should be begging to go out

    but I'm constantly coming up with excuses to avoid going out with friends.
    TomorrowsDreams3 TomorrowsDreams3 16-17, F 6 Responses Aug 23

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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 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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    School starts in two days

    and I have no idea how I'm going to handle it. I've never actually been diagnosed with social anxiety but talking to people has been daunting since I was a little girl. When I was really little I only talked to my family and I remember one guy who kept saying hi to me on purpose...
    captivating23 captivating23 22-25, F 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    I'm perfectly fine talking in front of people.

    I have play theater whit audience over 400 people. I can talk to strangers and ask what time it is. But I can't go to parties or social events. I can't talk to people unless I have something to say. On stage I know what to say, and how to react, but when I'm with a lot of people...
    Stanpines Stanpines 18-21, F 3 Responses Aug 23

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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 2 days ago

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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 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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    My life is becoming a struggle between living

    the life I have and am not anxious in, and the life that I want so bad but has so many anxiety bridges that I have to cross.
    Bean2015 Bean2015 18-21, M Aug 23

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