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I Have Social Phobia

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    I Use To Have Social Anxiety, Clinical Depression, And OCD - I mean technically I still do have these problems, because in my case it had a lot to do with genetics. but there...
    Andrewpb Andrewpb 22-25 Oct 16, 2013

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    I Need Advice - I have social phobia and I'm too scared to get help. What's the first step to treating social phobia? Who do I talk to? What should I say? Also, is the treatment...
    InevitableCombustion InevitableCombustion 22-25, F 2 Responses Oct 8, 2013

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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...
    JBI JBI 21-25, F 5 Responses Sep 16, 2007

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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...
    Swearbyallflowers Swearbyallflowers 22-25, F 11 Responses Aug 17, 2008

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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...
    kaylakeb kaylakeb 13-15, F Feb 3

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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...
    BeefStromi BeefStromi 18-21, M 2 Responses Mar 16

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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...
    miibay miibay 26-30, F 3 Responses Feb 25

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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...
    Forgotten000ghosts Forgotten000ghosts 18-21 2 Responses Feb 13, 2013

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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...
    Bunny214 Bunny214 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 24, 2013

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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...
    Lifeafterpanic566 Lifeafterpanic566 31-35, M Mar 4

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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...
    madelinemaryann madelinemaryann 16-17, F 1 Response Mar 23

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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 Also Have Social Phobia... - and therefore i have no friends.i used to take a medication called Zoloft (generic name Sertaline) but my ex shrink put me of off that cause of my...
    Mihael122 Mihael122 18-21, T Jul 30, 2013

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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...
    shyguy1482 shyguy1482 18-21, M 2 Responses Jul 30, 2012

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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...
    lyladiana lyladiana 36-40 5 Responses Jul 9, 2013

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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...
    cavalierprince cavalierprince 18-21, F 26 Responses Jun 9, 2010

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    A Question I Received About Overcoming Panic Attacks. - Question: Can u give me an advice?i love how u explained that to overcome anxiety,u shud rely on urself and not on others...
    Lifeafterpanic566 Lifeafterpanic566 31-35, M May 7, 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...
    akatsuki123 akatsuki123 16-17, F 10 Responses Dec 23, 2013

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    Rebirth - 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...
    CatalinaMD CatalinaMD 22-25 7 Responses Jun 23, 2010

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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...
    teaaddicted teaaddicted 16-17, F 1 Response Jan 28

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    Social Phobia Is The Worst - I have what you might call social phobia, it has ruined my life over the years. I was always popular in school, girl's were always interested me and...
    zoomfan zoomfan 26-30, M 4 Responses Oct 13, 2013

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    Time To Change ? But I Cant ! - Click Above The link:EP Link
    townd townd 16-17, M May 10, 2013

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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...
    RavenHearts RavenHearts 16-17, F 1 Response Mar 14

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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...
    Lifeafterpanic566 Lifeafterpanic566 31-35, M Feb 23

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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...
    marylight098 marylight098 13-15, F 2 Responses Dec 2, 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...
    roots2life roots2life 46-50, M 11 Responses Dec 30, 2011

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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...
    DiesSomnium DiesSomnium 31-35 3 Responses Oct 1, 2011

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    Just Want To Overcome It Already - Having this is horrible. So I like these guy a lot, but I can not even stare at his eyes. I have always have more problem talking to the guys, I...
    marylight098 marylight098 13-15, F 2 Responses Jun 18, 2013

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    I Have Never Knew That I Had Social Phobia Never Knew The Word Or Herd Of It Before - On Monday August 15th 2011, I never knew I would have Social Phobia plus I didn't even know...
    jdoggs jdoggs 16-17, M 1 Response Aug 16, 2011

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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...
    lisajane1987 lisajane1987 26-30, F 1 Response Feb 5

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    My Biggest Pain - been dealing with social anxiety/phobia since elementary school. got bad in middle, & then severe in high school leading me to drop out. i rarely leave my house...
    MadsLuvk MadsLuvk 22-25, F 1 Response Jul 9, 2013

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    How I Overcame Panic, Fear, Hypochondria And Agoraphobia! - I struggled with panic, fear, hypochondria and eventually even agoraphobia for years. It seemed like my mind just got...
    Lifeafterpanic566 Lifeafterpanic566 31-35, M Nov 25, 2013

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    Help Me! I Obsess Over Everything! - Question: I have been living with panic attacks and anxiety for about 16 years. It started after I stopped using drugs. I constantly thought I...
    Lifeafterpanic566 Lifeafterpanic566 31-35, M Sep 9, 2013

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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...
    SirenSong13 SirenSong13 26-30, F 2 Responses Mar 25

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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...
    LylaRocks LylaRocks 26-30, F 2 Responses Jun 12, 2008

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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...
    JusLykU JusLykU 41-45 3 Responses May 24, 2009

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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...
    QWVBL98 QWVBL98 51-55, F 1 Response Jan 3

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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...
    vinnyblade57 vinnyblade57 22-25, T 2 Responses Sep 14, 2011

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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...
    HeartBigBeatsQuiet HeartBigBeatsQuiet 16-17, F 5 Responses Dec 4, 2013

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    Had This For Years - I've spent many lonely years due to social phobia. I'm very quiet, rarely talk, and I'm very scared to be myself and open up to others out of fear I will be...
    annabelle37 annabelle37 26-30, F 1 Response Jul 5, 2013

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    The Avoidant Me. - I worry too much about what people may think about me. And in the office is worst, manage to be in the same room with +/- 20 people talking, and talking. I have...
    fadedawaylife fadedawaylife 22-25, F 2 Responses Nov 24, 2011

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    ??? - Had you ever feel like you're so afraid of people that you can not even talk to them on the Internet?...it just that i feel like i'm the only one...people send me messages...
    marylight098 marylight098 13-15, F 4 Responses Jul 6, 2013

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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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    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...
    MochaBlue MochaBlue 16-17, F 9 Responses Oct 8, 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...
    IAimForHonor IAimForHonor 18-21, M 2 Responses Mar 26

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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...
    lenaz lenaz 41-45, F 5 Responses Jan 20, 2010

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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...
    Onanotherplanet Onanotherplanet 36-40, F 3 Responses Aug 5, 2011

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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...
    butterfly628 butterfly628 51-55, F 7 Responses Dec 26, 2010

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    Scared Of Society - I have been diagnosed with social phobia I can't do anything social UNLESS my best friend and/or my girlfriend are with me they understand For what seems...
    arllry arllry 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 16, 2012

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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...
    Randompenguin3 Randompenguin3 16-17, F 1 Response Jan 7

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