I Have Social Anxiety

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    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

    I've spent entire nights shaking from fear of

    rejection. My only friend distanced herself and I had to battle my anxiety so that I wouldn't be alone. Sometimes it just seems so much easier to be alone.
    lmaguire333 lmaguire333
    18-21, F
    1 Response Apr 19, 2016

    Wrote this last night

    before going to meet some friends of the girl I'm seeing, to discuss with my therapist: "I'm invited to hang out with a group of ppl I don't know. Fear of being instantly hated or ousted overwhelms me. I know I will have to medicate to mingle. I fear these will b "normal, bar...
    ogkev ogkev
    31-35, M
    2 Responses Apr 19, 2016

    I've denied it for years.

    But admittedly, it's something I have and can't seem to rise above. It effects much more than most can imagine. So last night, I was at my cousins' 19th Birthday party. I showed up a bit early, and we hung out for like a half hour. Good times with people I knew. Then he went to...
    TheMasterMan1 TheMasterMan1
    18-21, M
    1 Response Apr 17, 2016

    I sometimes feel paranoid.

    I don't know what to do, or how to get over it honestly. I worry about the littlest things and I overthink and overanalyze things I shouldn't even be. I get so nervous talking to new people and I am ALWAYS going to worry about what others think of me and if they talk behind my...
    lydiastilinski lydiastilinski
    18-21, F
    7 Responses Apr 17, 2016

    Right now I'm online schooled (because I used

    to do gymnastics), but next year, for senior year, I'm going to a normal high school, and it's already all I can think about. I know no one!!! (Well maybe one or two people, BUT they aren't even in my grade!) It would be difficult enough for someone without social anxiety, but...
    BellaGrace1 BellaGrace1
    18-21, F
    3 Responses Apr 16, 2016

    My friend had a surprise party yesterday.

    She is such a close friend to me and I love her to death but I have terrible anxiety and the last few days were horrible on me. I didn't want to bring anyone down with my thoughts of self harm and self hatred. She always is understanding and caring, but because of the anxiety in...
    Blurryface5936 Blurryface5936
    16-17, F
    2 Responses Apr 16, 2016

    I want make new friends anyone lives around

    largo or Seminole? Hit me up
    missystout missystout
    26-30, F
    Apr 14, 2016

    I have a big drama exam tomorrow all day its

    not my year but im running the sound and lighting i have to communicate with people i dont know all day im sh**ing myself
    trentwitherspoon trentwitherspoon
    18-21, M
    1 Response Apr 14, 2016

    I really need to make friends hopefully some in

    my area but I can't talk to anyone in person without crying
    fmlcooper fmlcooper
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Apr 14, 2016

    Read a lot of stories under this group

    and my heart goes out to you all. I struggle with social anxiety as well and it's gotten a lot better throughout the years. My advice is that you gotta force yourself to push your comfort zone. You gotta find the courage because otherwise there won't be any change. I know it's...
    bawstenbrewin bawstenbrewin
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Apr 10, 2016

    I have this friend that I text all the time

    and I can't seem to talk to her in person. Any advice to help me talk to her?
    martyy88 martyy88
    13-15, F
    3 Responses Apr 10, 2016

    When it comes to relationships,

    looks only matter so much. People fall in love with personality, which is where I feel like I lose out due to SAD. Making friends and dating was tough growing up because anxiety crippled me so much that I came across as someone with literally no personality at all. Some of my...
    ManicPanicx ManicPanicx
    3 Responses Apr 9, 2016
    PositiveStateOfMind PositiveStateOfMind
    22-25, M
    Apr 7, 2016

    I think I've posted here

    before basically I think I have SAD I mean I show all the symptoms like shakiness around people, can't eat around people and so on scared that people will be/are laughing/judging me but what I'm most anxious about is my sisters wedding in two weeks and it's gonna be a big Asian...
    PositiveStateOfMind PositiveStateOfMind
    22-25, M
    4 Responses Apr 6, 2016
    wedgieshurtalot wedgieshurtalot
    18-21, F
    Apr 4, 2016

    social anxiety, where do i start?

    lets just say this condition is messing up my life. i havnt ate lunch at school in 3 months cause i cant decide where to sit, or cause im afraid to sit by myself.. im afraid to get up in the middle of class to go to the restroom cause im afraid people will stare at me and think...
    alyssapenn32 alyssapenn32
    16-17, F
    4 Responses Apr 4, 2016

    I went to a party last night

    and I feel as if no one liked me there because I was just so quiet and when they tried talking to me I would avoid them. I'm just to nervous and I wish I could get over this **** :(
    kimm1203 kimm1203
    16-17, F
    2 Responses Apr 3, 2016

    I get the courage to post a new Facebook

    profile picture even though I know I'll get barely any likes...the best way for people to realize you're a complete loser ??
    msingenuous msingenuous
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Apr 2, 2016

    I don't really know how to use this website

    yet so I'm sorry if I'm doing this wrong. but anyways, I have really bad anxiety and it's so bad that I have panic attacks every time I go into my classroom or walk around downtown. It all started at the beginning of last semester when I started at a new school and I only went...
    panicatheparty panicatheparty
    16-17, T
    3 Responses Apr 1, 2016
    IntrovertMe IntrovertMe
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Apr 1, 2016
    allyonlyme allyonlyme
    22-25, F
    7 Responses Mar 30, 2016

    I don't know what's wrong with me.

    I cry loads, thinking about the future, where I will be in 2 years time. I don't know. I know I keep to much in. I battled self harm alone. People in my family knew, just thought I was attention seeking. But I was really hurt. Just wanna talk to someone.
    batmanvsuperman batmanvsuperman
    18-21, F
    1 Response Mar 30, 2016
    Lizzy907 Lizzy907
    22-25, T
    1 Response Mar 28, 2016

    Find small talk subjects: watch,

    necklace, drink of choice, opinion of conference (if at conference), food is a big one--gradually you can look at a person and tell if s/he is a white wine or red wine, briefs or boxers, chevy or ford kind of person. Most of all, genuinely, be interested in them. Dont...
    MarJayC MarJayC
    31-35, M
    Mar 28, 2016
    deleted deleted
    4 Responses Mar 28, 2016

    Seriously bad issues

    and experiences i hate it its awful im so sorry to everyone who has been though it and has it
    trentwitherspoon trentwitherspoon
    18-21, M
    1 Response Mar 28, 2016

    I don't want to learn more strategies to deal

    w/ anxiety. No more submersing me in my anxiety. Just let me take my meds.
    NeuroticNorah NeuroticNorah
    18-21, F
    Mar 28, 2016

    At the party. I don't

    even know why im here. :|
    IntrovertMe IntrovertMe
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Mar 26, 2016

    I'm going to miss everyone on EP!

    If you want to stay in contact with me my user on k-Ik is (KarahXnichole) -feel free to message me even if we don't know each other! I'm always open to new friends! :) (No pervs)
    KarahXnichole KarahXnichole
    18-21, F
    Mar 23, 2016

    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 AvPD. It doesn't bother me

    as much as it bothers others. I am the classic ALONE IN A CROWD.
    deleted deleted
    Mar 21, 2016

    How much of this pertains to you?

    I know most of this pertains to me. "People who are socially anxious are excessively fearful that others will criticize their public behavior. They worry that they will appear inarticulate or stupid, or show embarrassing signs that they are anxious or weak. It is this feared...
    holygrailofvampires holygrailofvampires
    26-30, F
    3 Responses Mar 21, 2016
    Bway777 Bway777
    41-45, M
    2 Responses Mar 20, 2016

    Most people assume that I'm antisocial by

    choice. They believe that I want nothing to do with them, when that's simply not true. I have a love/hate relationship with confidence. On one hand, I enjoy being confident and being who I am but on the other hand, I feel that I begin to annoy people to the point where they...
    SeriousYak SeriousYak
    26-30, M
    Mar 20, 2016

    And I hate how it has become a "quirky trait"

    to have. I would do anything to avoid the nauseating, stomach-tumbling, sweat-inducing, tight-throated, panic-attacking, dizzying, crippling, hyperventilating, over-thinking, extra-analytical fits of anxiety that overcome and control me when I am in a social situation. Today...
    22-25, F
    5 Responses Mar 19, 2016

    Any tips on how I can over come it?

    I always stay silent when I meet people because I'm so scared of what they'll think of how I am. I always trip out on wether or not they'll like me and then I just don't say anything so I don't make a fool out of myself. I wish I could be more laid back and not always so tense.
    deleted deleted
    2 Responses Mar 17, 2016

    There's is a event on tonight I don't know

    if I should go . there will be a lot of people there and nobody I know will be there
    anestacia anestacia
    18-21, F
    1 Response Mar 17, 2016

    My social anxiety is

    that bad I can't even work, I wanna work so bad. I just wish I could just get up, go back to school and go do my dream job, but I can't with my social anxiety being this bad. I even need to get someone to go inTo a fast food place and order my stuff for me cause I can't do it...
    capergirl18 capergirl18
    18-21, F
    9 Responses Mar 17, 2016

    How do you handle having anxiety around family

    you haven't seen in awhile. I'm going home next week.
    Dahlia86 Dahlia86
    31-35, F
    1 Response Mar 16, 2016

    My friends always wonder

    why I never go out. I just say I'm to lazy
    VesselFace VesselFace
    18-21, F
    1 Response Mar 16, 2016

    I'm insecure, I feel like I'm always annoying

    everyone around me and that everyone talks about me behind my back even though everyone tells me I'm great and I've even had people say they wish they could be me, but I just don't get it, I don't even wanna be me
    tikeinogoto tikeinogoto
    22-25, M
    1 Response Mar 15, 2016

    Sometimes I just wish I had a "real" mental

    illenes. Because I don't understand social phobia, I'm scared of talking? Of people? It dosen't make sense.. If you are scared of spiders or small places, I get that, there is a possible that you can die or get injured. But you don't die from talking to people! So why I'm I so...
    Fenriis Fenriis
    18-21, T
    3 Responses Mar 15, 2016

    Hmm Although i had a better day today,

    i mean i challenged new thing and i'm proud of myself. yet still feeling weird. i don't feel like doing anything.. Even ep is pointless to me tonight
    genjiipiexx genjiipiexx
    31-35, F
    Mar 15, 2016

    Its been made worse lately.

    I get nervous around anyone. I tried to break it by talking to people on EP but most were not very nice. I find it hard to get outside and socialise, and people may think it is something that can be broken but it's very difficult. It isn't something you just break. It takes time...
    Ejoyh97 Ejoyh97
    18-21, F
    3 Responses Mar 15, 2016

    I need someone I can text all night talking

    about our future, space, life... Well just about anything....
    rattpack559 rattpack559
    16-17, M
    Mar 15, 2016

    I don't know how other people make conversation.

    I asked this girl how her spring break was and she said it was good I went to Toronto to visit a friend. and I know nothing about Toronto so the convo basically ended there lol...small talk sucks.
    msingenuous msingenuous
    22-25, F
    3 Responses Mar 14, 2016

    I just went to a meetup

    and met tons of people and I was the CENTER of attention in this small group for an hour almost. They thought I was funny. Me? I'm so anxious right now like I'm in am idiot but it was fun.
    honestlyanonymouslyme honestlyanonymouslyme
    26-30, F
    Mar 12, 2016

    It's hard for me to describe honestly.

    Generally I'm pretty chill and able to get along with most people. Especially in a one on one basis or even withing a group of 3 or 4. Once a group gets too large though it becomes difficult for me to involved with them. I kinda just blend in and bite my tongue. It just starts...
    deleted deleted
    Mar 12, 2016

    Anyone up for a conference call on skype,

    ,,, i have never been on a conference call before on skype,,,so little curious and little exercise for SA,,,
    Camouflage Camouflage
    22-25, M
    1 Response Mar 12, 2016

    I lead nation wide conference calls twice a

    month and speak in front of hundreds of people about twice a year. I hate when that quiver in my voice comes out. They smell my fear. It's much easier to hide behind the screen and keyboard.
    DrewBerry DrewBerry
    46-50, F
    1 Response Mar 12, 2016

    Dance and social anxietyTell me about your

    dancing experience,,any stories,,Have you ever danced before?would you like to dance someday?i have danced only once when i was a kid (5),,,and few times(2 or 3 times) in my teenage years just by myself for a few hours,,,no reason,,,there was time when i was 10 i joined in a...
    Camouflage Camouflage
    22-25, M
    3 Responses Mar 12, 2016

    Anyone else feel left out

    when walking with a group of friends? lol i mean they are close with you as the rest of the group but sometimes you don't fit in with the group,,, you feel weird walking with them you are lagging behind them or in front of them this is why i like walking by myself or with just...
    Camouflage Camouflage
    22-25, M
    5 Responses Mar 12, 2016

    I just want to live my life normally without

    having the fears I have now. No one around me knows what its like to have socail anxiety and because of this I feel very alone. I've missed out on so many oppurtunities because I can't bear to fae the social interactions that will go along with them. Sometimes I fear that I will...
    Jessica4729 Jessica4729
    18-21, F
    4 Responses Mar 11, 2016

    I was at the doctor today,

    just to talk about what I'm been doing and stuff. Then we got to a point where she said "... and that's when you got diagnosed with social phobia?" And it was really weird hearing it out loud, and it made me feel so much worse about myself. I guess I'm in some sort of denial..
    Fenriis Fenriis
    18-21, T
    2 Responses Mar 9, 2016

    I really just wanted to make dinner quickly

    and quietly at 11pm. A new house mate unexpectedly came down for a conversation and I understand she's lovely and chatty, I appreciate that in a stranger, but this is not how my plan was supposed to go! Completely unprepared, it was a challenge for my brain in meltdown to recall...
    3naturespice3 3naturespice3
    2 Responses Mar 8, 2016

    Every time I go to a gathering,

    whether it be a family event or Christmas party, I completely shut down. I can't look at anyone or talk to anyone. All I want to do is cry and get away from everyone! Is this normal? Is there someething I can take for my nerves? It's such a horrible feeling.
    tickleshy tickleshy
    51-55, F
    3 Responses Mar 7, 2016

    Listening to Hypnotic Relaxation tracks,

    Running(releases endorphins ), 4-7-8 breathing twice a day .. all these things aside and just when i feel i have someone with me, and it's all gone
    webb286 webb286
    18-21, M
    Mar 5, 2016

    Its hard trying to explain to people what you

    go through everyday because they have know clue what it feels like. I think the best thing is just telling someone that can relate because otherwise they wont know why you cant do certain things.
    lesley2456 lesley2456
    18-21, F
    3 Responses Mar 3, 2016

    My 1st day at a new job.

    I notice everyone has their office doors open. I decide to do the same. People keep coming into my office to greet me! I wanna close the door.....but it's too late for that.
    XavierMerton XavierMerton
    26-30, M
    2 Responses Mar 3, 2016
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