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I Have Social Phobia

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    HI, My name is Catalina, I'm a Medical student, and well I also have social phobia. I found out about it 1 year ago while I was taking my psychiatry classes, it wasn't very shocking to be honest, I kind of always knew there was something "different" about me, I didn't look for...
    CatalinaMD CatalinaMD 22-25 7 Responses Jun 23, 2010

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    I'Ve Never Been Good With People

    I have always been an introvert. I can't start a conversation. The other person always has to aproach me.... I just can't talk . It's like my vioce disapears. But online I am fine though. I can type no problem. In big groups I never talk. Unless it's a short cconversation with...
    Bunny214 Bunny214 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 24, 2013

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    I Lost My Passion For Life....

    The winter blues and SAD are well upon me now, each year gets worse and with the ever changing climate I find myself excluding and hiding away even in the warmer months.  I ask myself constantly what's the point in existing, the doors are locked to the outside world, I don't...
    roots2life roots2life 46-50, M 11 Responses Dec 30, 2011

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    Im A Teenager And I Think I Have A Social Phobia.

    Im 18 yearsold girl. I don't have any friends at school now and Im really alone. I feel so uncomfortable being around people and I feel that the only place or people I feel comfortable is at my house with my family. I do have two close friends ...
    cavalierprince cavalierprince 18-21, F 26 Responses Jun 9, 2010

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    I tried hanging out with this really spunky

    talkative girl, but because I worry too much, I kept thinking about how boring I must seem or that I said the wrong things. I would've liked to keep her around but I feel I'm just too lame. I wish I could be amazing with people. Really truly amazing
    IAimForHonor IAimForHonor 18-21, M 2 Responses Mar 26

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    I've Never Benn Good Wi...

    I've never benn good with people. Never know what to say, what to do, how to look...
    numisiro numisiro 36-40, M 2 Responses Jul 9, 2008

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    Social Phobia Frustrations

    Social Phobia is the driving factor behind nearly every frustration I have ever had in my entire life. I excel at pretty much everything else that I've wanted or needed to do. I've always been a good student and a hard worker. I've always been responsible and gotten things done...
    shyguy1482 shyguy1482 18-21, M 2 Responses Jul 30, 2012

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    I can't even go out my front door to go

    and get the mail without feeling all eyes are on me. That's just one example of the little every day things that make uncomfortable.
    MDillon MDillon 18-21, M 3 Responses Apr 19

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    Social Phobia (torture for the brain)

    I am 36 now but my SAD started when I was 11.  I didnt know that was my problem until like a few years ago.  My parents struggled with me as I didnt want to go to school since people made me so uncomfortable. So I ended up drinking alcohol, skipping school , running away...
    Onanotherplanet Onanotherplanet 36-40, F 3 Responses Aug 5, 2011

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    Having panic attacks?

    Here's some advice from Tyler Durden. 
    Lifeafterpanic566 Lifeafterpanic566 31-35, M Mar 7

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    I just can't stand being in a public place with

    lots of people. I just feel like i'm being judged, watched, or compared to. I just hate meeting new people and I just can't stand being the center of attraction, so when ever I go out, I always where my headphone and almost blast the volume right up- it helps me cope and keeps...
    NicoBunny6 NicoBunny6 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 20

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    For Reasons Perhaps That I Don't Understand

    I'm not sure how it started or even why I feel this way now. Of what I do know is that I have had bad bad social experiences and I don't know how to respond to bad social situations, usually it is with passive aggressive anger. :( I try to formulate my words as precises and...
    madeofstars madeofstars 26-30, M 3 Responses Nov 20, 2011

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    What is a Panic AttackA very important question

    if you're struggling with this condition. You should really understanding exactly what's going on behind the scenes.So what is a PA?A sudden feeling of acute and disabling anxiety.`Ok, that's the textbook definition, but i don't think that clears things up too much so let's go l...
    Lifeafterpanic566 Lifeafterpanic566 31-35, M Feb 23

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    I always was shy and never had much friends.

    While I grew up I had other bad experiences and I ended up isolating myself in high school. Today, I am at the university and that's when I first came to realize that I may have social phobia. I feel sad and I'm afraid of what future will bring me :(
    miibay miibay 26-30, F 3 Responses Feb 25

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    Social Phobia Prisoner

    I am a 44 year old, educated, white, middle class, semi-attractive, working mother.  Proof that phobias and mental illness have no boundaries.  Today, I acknwledged that I have a social phobia.  Some people who know me might agree but most would be very...
    JusLykU JusLykU 41-45 3 Responses May 24, 2009

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    I am 30 this year and still don't talk to

    strangers. Hope phobias don't plague me for ever.
    fluke19 fluke19 26-30, F 2 Responses Aug 31

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    Fear Of Society

    I remember my fear of people and social phobia began in middle school. I remember that i had a very difficult time making friends and i rarely talked to anyone. It became even worse in high school, in high school i was mostly a loner and and very quiet. I was very different from...
    vinnyblade57 vinnyblade57 22-25, T 2 Responses Sep 14, 2011

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    You'd never guess....

    . well, YOU might - if you suffer too. My happy life ended age 13 when we moved house. I went to a different school to all my friends. I was the kind of boy who wanted a quiet life and thought the best way to avoid fights was to keep my head down....I now know it's the surest way...
    talkinaftermidnight talkinaftermidnight 36-40, M 3 Responses Jul 15

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    Social Phobia

    I've had this since I was little, I think I was just born with it. I remember the first day of kindergarten and feeling so different, just knowing that I was weird and everyone else was normal. I just couldn't relate, and I became friends with a boy who had one leg alot shorter...
    lyladiana lyladiana 36-40 5 Responses Jul 9, 2013

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    I have social anxiety,

    Hoping to meet others here. I had anxiety since i was 8, I moved to the U.S and it caused my anxiety. I have deppresion too, and barely had any friends :/ I just feel like.. nothing.. a loser a lot. Talking to people is my last attempt to stay sane. I am 19 now, male, and live...
    Lambertt Lambertt 18-21, M 3 Responses Jul 7

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    I'm having an extremely hard time making

    friends... I'm not sure how to approach people at all.... I'm super lonely but I can't find the courage to talk to anyone... In real life anyway...
    SirenSong13 SirenSong13 26-30, F 3 Responses Mar 25

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    I don't care to be out of the house much.

    I'm 19 and live with my folks. When I was in middle-high school I was bullied so badly that I grew to just fear and hate people. To this day I have 2 great friends but I'm still so afraid of the world and people that I make excuses just so I don't have to leave the house.
    BeefStromi BeefStromi 18-21, M 2 Responses Mar 16

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    I Feel Stuck

         I was very shy as a child. My mother was hyper-critical which just made things worse for me. I became very self-conscious of everything I did. I started to come out of that after I got married. The marriage didn't last and I ended up getting divorced. I got remarried and...
    butterfly628 butterfly628 51-55, F 7 Responses Dec 26, 2010

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    Social Phobia And Work

    Hi Everyone,I am a 43 year old college educated woman and have been suffering with social anxiety from about the age of 12.  At least, this is when I first remember it affecting me so badly. I'm wondering how everyone deals with social anxiety in the workplace.  I've...
    lenaz lenaz 41-45, F 5 Responses Jan 20, 2010

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    Does fear cause real diarrhea

    or does it cause the feeling only ? http://livelifetothefullest.live-panic-free.com/2014/03/03/does-fear-cause-real-diarrhea-or-does-it-cause-the-feeling-only-.aspx Hey guys, sorry if this seems spammy, not my intention at all. I used to just paste my experiences in several...
    Lifeafterpanic566 Lifeafterpanic566 31-35, M Mar 4

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    I Have Social Phobia and It Blows.

    I think it all started when I started school. I always had issues trying to make friends. I went from school to school without being able to make friends with the exception of one school. I was able to make lots of friends after I beat up some guy in my class. Then the next year...
    JBI JBI 21-25, F 5 Responses Sep 16, 2007

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    I have social anxiety

    and people do notice it, but it doesn't matter to me I guess I like being alone. Well I mean if I get to know you I'll start talking
    bloodonblood bloodonblood 16-17, F May 13

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    Iv alwase been a loner iv never really had

    friends so guess it didn't help with the fact that I get bullied a lot witch contributes a lot to my social phobia it all started when i was much younger.. Our English teacher had a weird hatred for me I guess it's BC I'm a smart *** with no respect for ****** like her ... She...
    YouAreAllPesants YouAreAllPesants 16-17, F 1 Response Mar 14

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    Pathetic Me

      When I was young I don't really talk to people, but my parents said I was shy so I thought it was normal. Just that I wasn't aware of how much I want to be alone on that time. When I started secondary school, there were camps which I had to go to. Every time I was...
    MochaBlue MochaBlue 16-17, F 9 Responses Oct 8, 2010

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    Miserable Person

    So I've been having social phobia throughout my life now. It began in kindergarten. I don't remember ever talking to no one! Although I saw other kids talk and whenever they talked to me, I never seemed to response. I was in elementary school by 2000. When I was in second grade...
    Forgotten000ghosts Forgotten000ghosts 18-21 2 Responses Feb 13, 2013

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    I have had social phobia

    for as long as I remember it is another reason why im lonely I cant order food,talk to friends, go out in public places,eat in front of others and just about everything to do with socialising I find it hard to make friends because im scared I'll say something wrong or mess up I...
    akatsuki123 akatsuki123 16-17, F 8 Responses Dec 23, 2013

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    I have a difficult time working

    because of my social phobia and anxiety. I have a great personality friendly kind and funny but my anxiety holds me back from so much. I figured i would figure it out by now in my late 20s but i am as lost as i was a teenager trying to socially fit in yet i always found friends...
    tb2985 tb2985 26-30, F 7 Responses Apr 18

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    I've got such bad social anxiety,

    any sort of socialisation scares me to death unless it's someone I know very well. I can't talk on the phone at all, I can't order at a restaurant without having a panic attack, I can't really go anywhere all by myself in fear that someone will talk to me. I have no idea how to...
    x0UnionJack0x x0UnionJack0x 22-25, F May 13

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    I have social anxiety

    and Tourette's. That just about covers how I feel. And because of these diagnosis I'm also depressed a lot. And I'm naturally single. Alone. Miserable. Frustrated. Angry. Sex deprived. Desperately seeking someone to love. Being unable to socialise. Disliking my life right now...
    Skywalker1979 Skywalker1979 31-35, M 1 Response Aug 9

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    i'm sick of this feelings.

    today is the day where i should doing my Academic communication presentation. but i didn't come because i'm having bad fever right now maybe due to the excessive anxiety and afraid that people would judge me. I’m scared of losing marks for the presentation but the word...
    alia94 alia94 18-21, F May 22

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    AH!

    Basically I have one hell of a time around people. I don't know how to talk or act around them. And sometimes I do or say things other people find weird or strange and so I'm instantly made an outcast, in which case, I usually end up talking to nobody. I get weirded out around...
    LylaRocks LylaRocks 26-30, F 2 Responses Jun 12, 2008

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    It has been a while since I don't do this,

    but I really needed to ask... Does anyone, out there, share this feelings with me? -Feeling like I can't handle going out with friends, forcing myself to it but have 0 fun, because you just can't seem to stop being so self conscious... -Wanting to LIVE but can't manage to relax...
    Giella Giella 18-21, F 4 Responses Aug 23

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    I've had social phobia all my life

    and still suffer with it badly. I'm on medication, but it doesn't remove the anxiety at all. It used to help a bit, but it doesn't anymore. I am a natural introvert, but I strongly believe it was my upbringing and bullying amongst peers that made it as bad as it is. My only...
    1lonelydaisy 1lonelydaisy 70+, F 3 Responses May 15

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    Imagine: Social Phobia (The Poem Is Not Written By Me, I Just Wanted To Show It)

    Imagine: Social Phobia by Bella14 (from devian art) Imagine being afraid Imagine being afraid every time you have to talk to people Imagine being afraid every time you have to call someone Imagine being afraid every time you have to answer the door Imagine being afraid every...
    marylight098 marylight098 13-15, F 2 Responses Dec 2, 2013

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    People scare me , big crowds especially .

    I think its a mix of true untrust in human kind and the fear if the worst happening.
    Yungbug Yungbug 18-21, F 5 days ago

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    I avoid people like the plauge i won't go into

    certain shops if it feels wrong, i don't go anywhere crowded or with drunk people there and can stay in for long periods of time, if I'm out walking in the nature i feel tense and horrified if i see people. Sometimes i feel lonely but I've always felt like this but lately it has...
    Paulchanning Paulchanning 41-45, M 2 Responses Aug 30

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    Crippling Social Phobia...

    I was always an outgoing child, and it wasn't until my early teen years that I started to develop an intense shyness. It's not that I hate talking to new people or going places - it's that I always feel like I'm doing something wrong. I hate driving. I hate feeling like everyone...
    Swearbyallflowers Swearbyallflowers 22-25, F 11 Responses Aug 17, 2008

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    i'm a student so school experiences like

    presentations and similar are the worst. i'd rather stay in my bedroom, alone and read books, drink tea. i have some friends and i don't know how i made it. well, when i see them everyday at school it's a bit simpler. idk how will i function in the future if i will be alone...
    teaaddicted teaaddicted 16-17, F 1 Response Jan 28

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    Currently working on my 'graded exposure' list

    to show my therapist next week, even the experiences at the bottom of the list chill me to the core just thinking about it, for instance having coffee with a neighbour. At the top would be my high school reunion this year, sing karaoke (without alcohol), job interview, dress up...
    lisajane1987 lisajane1987 26-30, F 2 Responses Feb 5

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    i don't go out much anymore.

    it's gotten worse ever since I've moved back to my home town. lost my old friends, and haven't met anyone new. i am doing online school so i don't it'll be easy meeting anyone. especially with my anxiety... i am afraid of rejection so its gotten to the point where i don't even...
    kaylakeb kaylakeb 16-17, F Feb 3

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    I'm not sure i actually have social phobia

    or not, but the other day my friend said that I was showing "classic signs of social phobia." I've always been very shy and find it very hard to talk to people, but I don't know if that's developed into a phobia or not
    madelinemaryann madelinemaryann 16-17, F 1 Response Mar 23

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    hi members, my name is shirley

    and im 51 yrs old, i have always felt different from other people since i was very young, although i had friends at infant school and junior school things started to change when i reached high school, all the people i knew from junior school started hanging out with other people...
    QWVBL98 QWVBL98 51-55, F 1 Response Jan 3

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    I have really bad social anxiety.

    I used to have a few of close friends, but then I moved and lost them all. Now I can't meet new people. I'm extremely awkward, holding a conversation is so so hard. It just drains all the energy out of me. I always feel that people are watching me, and making fun of me in their...
    Randompenguin3 Randompenguin3 16-17, F 2 Responses Jan 7

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    I can't order my own food,

    I can't go to job interviews, I can't call places over the phone. I'm pretty useless! I have to have someone else help me and do it for me. If not I get scared, cry, sweat, shake, swear like a sailor and break down.
    HeartBigBeatsQuiet HeartBigBeatsQuiet 16-17, F 5 Responses Dec 4, 2013

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    I Am Who I Am.

    From an early age i was afflicted with an incurable medical condition that left me both physically and mentally scarred, even though i was friendly, funny and kind i was treated as an outsider, to be mocked and whispered about. I was the focus of peoples jokes and the victim of...
    DiesSomnium DiesSomnium 31-35 3 Responses Oct 1, 2011

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