I Have Social Anxiety

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    Ok. So two upcoming kiddy parties

    that my son and I have to attend. Freaking making me nervous to be with other moms that i don't even know. Ugh!
    IntrovertMe IntrovertMe
    22-25, F
    5 Responses Mar 23, 2016

    I have social Anxiety,

    Whenever I stand in a group I feel I have very low esteem and every other person is better than me .I avoid long conversation and If In Have to speak in a group ,I feel my ears are burning and face getting red . But I am glad I learned how to cope with it and Now I challenge...
    lifenoteasy lifenoteasy
    31-35, M
    3 Responses Feb 21, 2015

    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
    deleted deleted
    3 Responses Jan 26, 2015

    There is a piano on my college campus in the

    lounge, and I decided to play it today. I usually freak out or shake too bad to play, but I actually did it today. I feel like I conquered my fear a bit.
    pianokat pianokat
    18-21, F
    4 Responses Oct 22, 2015

    Some days it isn't so bad,

    or I maybe fool myself into thinking it isn't so bad. but then I'm pushed out of my comfort zone and it all comes crashing down on me, how much I avoid. I dislike face to face interactions where I have no control and may get asked questions I may not know the answers to. I...
    goodwitchofthenorth goodwitchofthenorth
    41-45, F
    3 Responses Feb 21, 2016

    try yoga.... I decided to try it

    and I was so surprised how much it has helped with my anxiety. Rodney Yes is the guy. you can watch him on YouTube ... awesome stuff.. give it a try and in 1 week I bet, you'll start feeling less anxious.
    foReverYOURS3211 foReverYOURS3211
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Feb 22, 2016

    I made a friend today

    and I'm super proud of myself :D idk if ill ever have to guts to do it again but at least for this moment, today's a good day :)
    captivating23 captivating23
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Sep 9, 2015

    Sometimes just the thought of being around

    people is too much. Sometimes I feel so on edge when I'm working, like everything that comes out of my mouth is wrong or weird.
    wantingtobehappy84 wantingtobehappy84
    26-30, F
    4 Responses Nov 17, 2015

    I'm a 20 year old woman,

    I should NOT be home right now. This is just yet another weekend where I stay in all day and night. This is ridiculous. I ******* hate it.
    freeebird freeebird
    22-25, F
    4 Responses May 23, 2014

    Working at a clothing store is

    so stressful because it's a job that requires you to be outgoing. I had my second shift today and I'm already thinking about quitting because it stresses me out so much. And to make matters worse I somehow got roped into modelling some clothes for a photographer today, and I...
    Rosaalie Rosaalie
    22-25, F
    5 Responses Mar 5, 2015

    Inside my head, I can think fluently

    and explain things deeply to myself. Inside my head I feel confident, and depending on the situation I feel intelligent. However when it comes to actually speaking, words just don't come out and my mind goes blank, and it really frustrates me. It's the same with close friends...
    loishola loishola
    18-21, F
    3 Responses Jan 9, 2015

    Does anyone have suggestions on getting over

    social anxiety. Mine is getting worse, anything from going to the grocery store or going to a restaurant. Walking through the store I just want to stare at the ground and pretend I'm the only one around. I even have to choose a cashier who isn't my age so I don't have to worry...
    alyssakayart alyssakayart
    18-21, F
    7 Responses Feb 24, 2015
    rejextharry rejextharry
    18-21, F
    3 Responses Oct 20, 2014

    Today I shopped. I shopped!

    !!! which I have never done by myself before! :D. I brought myself new clothes (ALL BY MYSELF). I can't feel more happy about that :'). Small things are done, gotta be ready for universities now :S. Thanks everyone who may have gone through the pain of reading my previous...
    nousernameindeed nousernameindeed
    18-21, F
    3 Responses Apr 21, 2016

    My anxiety is getting worse by the second.

    Whenever I go out I feel like people are judging me on what I wear, how I wear my hair, what sort of makeup I have on and even my ******* voice. I hate it. I just want to be happy in my own body. I want to be perfect but for that to happen, I need others to treat me that way. I...
    notyourbitchxo notyourbitchxo
    18-21, F
    11 Responses Dec 17, 2014

    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
    26-30, F
    5 Responses Aug 31, 2015

    Nobody that knows me gets

    why I am so "shy". I'm not shy. I have anxiety when I am around people I'm not comfortable with. It's nothing I can control and I hate how people don't understand that. Talking or doing pretty much anything in front of people literally gives me a panic attack. I worry for days...
    lovelybones14 lovelybones14
    18-21, F
    4 Responses Jun 12, 2015

    I really want friends.

    I feel extremely lonely.
    Notsomuchofanything Notsomuchofanything
    18-21, F
    4 Responses Mar 8, 2015

    'Why are you so quiet?

    ' I hate being asked this question. I'm quiet because I don't have anything to say to you and I'd rather not be asked intrusive questions about my life. Just because you are extroverted and sociable doesn't mean that everyone else is the same.
    Chirieleison Chirieleison
    22-25, M
    5 Responses Jan 25, 2016

    So a couple of days ago,

    my guy friends (I have two really good guy friends), tried to reach out to me and pull me out of the shell I was rotting in. Me being me, at first I tried to avoid hanging out because I was afraid my anxiety would get the best of me. For some odd reason I felt very nervously...
    deleted deleted
    3 Responses Aug 11, 2015

    how can I be so outgoing

    but afraid to be around people. it's like Einstein being afraid of math.
    Mcduck8982 Mcduck8982
    22-25, M
    5 Responses Feb 20, 2015

    Someone IM's me at work: Hi I have a question

    about (insert document of which I am custodian)? Me: Sure, how can I help? Person: I'll call you. Me: I DID NOT AGREE TO A TELEPHONE CONVERSATION
    VioletVivid VioletVivid
    1 Response Mar 1, 2016
    IntrovertMe IntrovertMe
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Apr 1, 2016

    I had to go to Walmart to return an item.

    . Oh my ******* god I felt so damn awkward. I didn't even have to interact with anyone yet I felt on edge nonstop.. I hate that I feel this way..
    akaShaun akaShaun
    18-21, M
    4 Responses Jul 6, 2015

    My family doesn't understand

    that forcing me into a crowded situation, Isn't helping my social anxiety it's making it worse.
    Overlookedintrovert Overlookedintrovert
    16-17, F
    1 Response Sep 26, 2015

    I often feel like apologizing to people

    for just existing in "their" space (in the bus, in college, etc.).
    omnomn omnomn
    22-25, F
    3 Responses Jul 2, 2015

    I have a social phobia.

    I hated people I hate cars I hate the sound of people talking I hate children I hate stores I hate everything. People make me either want to kill them, or kill myself. I'd rather be sitting at home, or out in the woods somewhere.
    deleted deleted
    2 Responses Oct 8, 2015

    I work in a small little deli restaurant type

    deal and we get phone calls every once in a while and every time the phone rings I practically sprint the opposite direction. My coworkers probably hate me for it but I HATE answering the phone. It's an immediate panic when I hear one ringing and it's absolutely awful :/
    Nyx5 Nyx5
    18-21, F
    4 Responses Oct 3, 2015

    I've had social anxiety most of my life,

    and I will probably always have it, but it's safe to say that I'm improving and I'm not allowing it to hinder my experiences and miss out on potentially life changing opportunities throughout life. I managed to get an interview and i did very well and ended up getting second one...
    AcousticSoul17 AcousticSoul17
    18-21, F
    1 Response Dec 27, 2015

    Does anyone else get less nervous

    when touching someone else? Like holding their hand? It makes me feel much less nervous even if it's a stranger.
    jackk225 jackk225
    22-25, M
    2 Responses Aug 9, 2015

    Pretty Much Ruined Me In High School And College...

    I'm 22 now and I've had s.a.(social anxiety) since I was a freshmen in highschool...uhm, I noticed that I didn't like being in public much because I felt like people were looking at me and judging me. I left my friends and I started hanging out more at the library now, every day...
    PunizhedZoul PunizhedZoul
    22-25, F
    7 Responses Oct 12, 2011

    I have lived with SA

    for over 20 years. Never been to the doctor over it. Finally made appointment for Feb. 18th. Very nervous about going but I know if I want to have a normal life I can't cancel. What will the doctor do??
    AmyG40 AmyG40
    41-45, F
    18 Responses Feb 16, 2014

    Having social anxiety is probably the worst

    anxiety you could ever have. It's suffocating, embarrassing and just turns you into a social outcast. I have trouble talking to family members. Put me in a room full of strangers and ill want nothing more than to crawl into a little ball. The only way I can be social is if I'm...
    Santos21 Santos21
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Jan 9, 2014

    I have social anxiety really bad,

    and I hate it. It's ruined so many experiences for me and talking to adults, or even people younger than me, just makes me sick to my stomach. I try, but I'll just manage to get out a short sentence then smile. I don't want adults to hate me and I guess that's a big factor on...
    jxssicaa jxssicaa
    22-25, F
    11 Responses Aug 12, 2014

    I AM SO OVER THIS ****.

    I'm sick of feeling the need to explain myself and always watching what I say and how I say it, I'm tired of feeling uncomfortable walking around people ESPECIALLY FAMILY. That should not even be an option. I'm just ******* tired.
    freeebird freeebird
    22-25, F
    4 Responses Feb 18, 2014

    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
    3 Responses Jan 17, 2015

    I'm 19 suffering from social anxiety,

    I currently work and it has gotten better , but it's still there.I am looking for people to talk to,maybe be friends ? I get pretty lonely. If anyone has Skype ,mines is @ live:johanncampos332
    zeak18 zeak18
    3 Responses Dec 9, 2014

    Today, was the day my worst nightmare came true.

    My professor asked us last class to form groups for the project at the end of the year. Today, we were suppose to tell him who our group members were. It took me a few minutes, but I finally built up the courage to ask the seemingly nice people next to me if they had room in...
    deleted deleted
    4 Responses Feb 21, 2015

    I get really angry at people

    who think it's a fashion statement to state they have a mental disorder i.e social anxiety, depression, self harm and suicidal tendencies (all of which I have suffered with) because I believe it's disrespectful on the people who have been diagnosed by a doctor.
    emilythespacecat emilythespacecat
    16-17, F
    2 Responses Jul 28, 2014

    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
    2 Responses Apr 20, 2015

    How do you make friends?

    Just wondering because I feel like I'm wasting my life being so alone.
    StrangeDisaster StrangeDisaster
    26-30, F
    7 Responses Jul 26, 2015

    I have extreme social anxiety

    and I feel like it's killing me. If I go to a restaurant like subway or anything, I won't eat.. Because that involves talking, I'm better about it when I'm with friends, but if I'm with family I feel like I'm slowly being suffocated by people, it's gotten to the point where I...
    deleted deleted
    2 Responses Jan 2, 2015

    People never understand how hard it is

    for me to talk to people. I try so hard, but i just get so anxious and almost cry. School is always a nightmare, and i want to just die sometimes.
    JustineMusey JustineMusey
    18-21, F
    6 Responses Jun 9, 2015

    i hate when you out so much effort into

    something and get nothing out of it.
    thatonehorsefreak thatonehorsefreak
    18-21, F
    1 Response Jan 27, 2015

    I was fifteen minutes late to class today

    and I couldn't go because everyone would look at me if I walk in. I hate myself when my anxiety inhibits me from doing things, even those that are important. I would miss days of medication because I cannot go outside. I need to finish college, but it's so hard and I don't have...
    StrangeDisaster StrangeDisaster
    26-30, F
    1 Response Sep 2, 2015

    I seem to have retrospective social anxiety.

    As in at the time mainly I can come across as quite confident and bubbly and approachable, but I get verbal diarrhoea and usually completely and inappropriately overshare. Then as soon as the situation is over I spend days and weeks worrying about every little thing I said and...
    thegrassisalwaysgreener thegrassisalwaysgreener
    26-30, F
    4 Responses Sep 7, 2015

    I have problems talking to people

    and I'm generally scared to be in public. Anyone else?
    deleted deleted
    2 Responses Aug 15, 2015

    I used to go to a gym class twice a week with

    my neighbour but I moved and she stopped going so I stopped too. I HATE going places alone. I feel like a clown with all eyes on me. But that's no way to live so I'm going alone tonight and plan to stick to my 2+ day a week schedule again. Even if that means going really...
    ACWK226 ACWK226
    22-25, F
    5 Responses Feb 2, 2016

    Me: * sends a text message to my friend Brandie

    asking if I ever bother her* Me: "did I really just do that?" Me: "maybe I shouldn't have done that." Me: "she's probably ignoring me." Me: "relax, maybe her mom needs her to help her do something." * an hour passes* Me: "I knew I bothered her." Me: * starts shaking* Me: "she...
    alyssanar123 alyssanar123
    16-17, F
    2 Responses Sep 20, 2015

    I'm getting coffee right now,

    and am in no mood for small talk until I get some caffeine in me... So I'm just writing this post to look preoccupied :P Okay, person I know, I see you but please heed the "no conversation" vibe I'm sending out. Where is my coffee?! Ooh yay it's here! *zips away*
    deleted deleted
    4 Responses Nov 10, 2015

    Please don't look at me I just wanna make it

    from here to there I don't wanna feel the burden of your crippling stare I know I know I shouldn't even care But that's not what I've been taught I'm supposed to have perfect hair Perfect makeup and skin Where the trendiest fashion Do anything to blend in Contouring...
    EtherealRecluse EtherealRecluse
    26-30, F
    4 Responses Oct 12, 2015

    It's not easy. It really isn't.

    From my POV, social anxiety is an incurable disease that not even therapy can remedy, regardless of how hard you try to conquer it.
    deleted deleted
    2 Responses Jun 24, 2015

    I hate being outside in public,

    absolutely hate it
    RakshasaMaster RakshasaMaster
    18-21, M
    1 Response Oct 6, 2015

    I hate having to walk between classes

    especially in the morning when it's crowded and I have to walk around people. I can't tolerate too many people in one area, so I some times walk the long way to avoid them.
    Chirieleison Chirieleison
    22-25, M
    4 Responses Oct 14, 2015

    I'm pretty sure I've grown out of it/overcame it

    but man.. I remember how bad it use to be. I use to always wear a hoodie with my hood up, even if it was 100 degrees out. I use to start breathing real heavy in big human filled places like Walmart. I use to hold in my **** for like 2 hours instead of going inside McDonalds on...
    akaShaun akaShaun
    18-21, M
    1 Response Oct 24, 2015

    "Anxiety is like perpetually hearing the

    boss/enemy music but never seeing the threat."
    deleted deleted
    Oct 12, 2015

    For years I thought I was the only person in

    the world who couldn't talk to other people.
    jackk225 jackk225
    22-25, M
    1 Response Jan 13, 2015
    Dandere Dandere
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Oct 2, 2015

    Suffering from social anxiety is - in my

    experience - one of the hardest things to endure on a daily basis. Despite the misconception of what some people believe, it goes a lot further than just 'being shy'. This year I made incredible progress with my anxiety. I forced myself to attend a College in a different city...
    Liamm194 Liamm194
    22-25, M
    2 Responses Feb 18, 2014

    I was invited to go out with one of my friends

    and her sister and all her friends on New Years' Eve. I wish I could. I honestly wish I had it in me to stand up to that many people at once. (It literally feels like I'm preparing for something several times more stressful than what it is) But every time I take the plunge and...
    Kreicht Kreicht
    22-25, M
    8 Responses Dec 28, 2014
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