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I Have Social Phobia

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    Should I tell my psychologist

    who helps me with my social phobia, that I used to self harm? Or don't I need to? I don't feel it' been a good time to bring it up, but I have only meet him a couple of times.
    Fenriis Fenriis 18-21, T Jun 16, 2015

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    If pushed, I will run

    and hide like an animal trying to protect itself. It doesn't matter how attached I am to a person. You will lose me. I will be behind the walls peering through the blinds but you won't see me. I will become but a memory.
    SocialHermit SocialHermit 41-45, F 2 Responses Jul 14, 2015

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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 3 Responses Jul 9, 2013

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    I know it sounds weird

    but i want to develope schizophrenia. I have scizophreniform but that's not enough i want to know why I think like this
    deleted deleted 26-30 Apr 27, 2015

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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 31-35, M 1 Response Nov 20, 2011

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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 24 Responses May 24, 2009

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    My best friend got married

    and I couldn't stay the whole time. I felt as if I couldn't breathe. I hope I didn't lose a friend and if I did then maybe it will be a wake up to fix my life that I feel is going astray. I'm tired of hurting and hurting others by my actions. I wish I was different.
    tvismyonlyfriend tvismyonlyfriend 26-30, F Nov 1, 2015

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    • Talking in front of people
• Not

    knowing how to comfort people
• Trying clothes on in a changing room
• Answering the door
• Talking on/answering the phone
• People asking questions
• Walking past people
• Eye contact
• Going into stores
• Going outside the house
• Busy...
    1lonelydaisy 1lonelydaisy 46-50 1 Response Jul 11, 2015

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    I want to say things

    but i can't speak them and it kills me because i feel like i'm drowning and can't call for help.
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Jul 15, 2015

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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 18-21, F 5 Responses Dec 23, 2013

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    How should I tell my father

    that I have social phobia? my mother alredy know because I live with her and I have told her, but I have started taking medication and talking to a doctor on a regular basic and I feel I have to hide it from him and I often visit him, and I want to tell him but am scared and don...
    Fenriis Fenriis 18-21, T Jul 6, 2015

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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 25 Responses Jun 9, 2010

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    For as long as I can remember I've been overly

    sensitive to rejection. Any smallest bit of negativity aimed my way can put me into instant tears and I avoid the person who looked down on me as much as possible if not completely. I've learned over time that this response is not a productive or healthy way to deal with the...
    Morrgin Morrgin 31-35, F Feb 1

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    I'm having a hard time relaxing tonight.

    Events of my day are haunting me. I hate feeling like this. I feel on the very of a panic attack. I'm trying to meditate it away. I had to face a lot of fear today and will again tomorrow. Deep breaths, focusing on something else. Ugh.
    SocialHermit SocialHermit 41-45, F 4 Responses Apr 16, 2015

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    I have social anxiety,

    but I'm being treated now and I'm much better. Just here to remind you all that it does get better, but things only get better once you reach out for help and start pushing yourself! I know you'll pull through~
    PendulEmPlum PendulEmPlum 18-21, F 3 Responses Sep 19, 2015

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    mildly agoraphobic. due to PTSD issues,

    I don't like crowds and sometimes get frozen and have a hard time leaving the house
    dragoneyes35 dragoneyes35 36-40, F 3 Responses Jan 11

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    There is this girl in my gym class (youth)

    that I have been wanting to talk to for the entire 8 weeks I've known her. She is 2 years younger than me, I love her, and I think she may like me. I really want to ask her out, but I don't know how.
    Codyguy123 Codyguy123 22-25, M Aug 14, 2015

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    Most people don't know I have it,

    but it controls my life. I stay to myself most of the time. I fear the phone and refuse to answer it unless I have to, even if I know who is on the other line. I will avoid people who push me into social situations. I fear being judged. What if I can't think of anything to say...
    SocialHermit SocialHermit 41-45, F 3 Responses Mar 18, 2015

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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'm frightened of people

    but i'm also so lonely and it hurts
    abnormalbrain abnormalbrain 41-45, M Dec 25, 2014

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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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    I find that talking is a very difficult thing

    for me to do. I can't help it every time someone starts talking to me I get so nervous my hands start shaking and my palms get sweaty. I usually can't control my voice I always start talking too fast or my voice starts sounding shaky like I'm on the verge of crying. most of...
    WanderingSoul22 WanderingSoul22 22-25, M 1 Response Nov 3, 2015

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    I want to go for a walk

    because my health is really bad. I got dressed to go for a walk but I'm terrified. I stood at the door awaiting to go but couldn't. The fear gripped me. Heavy breathing and afraid. My mother went on about stupid stuff I didn't need to hear which didn't do me any good. I just...
    1lonelydaisy 1lonelydaisy 46-50 2 Responses Dec 14, 2015

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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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    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 18-21, F 2 Responses Jan 7, 2014

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    i feel nauseaus wen amongst crowd.

    ...my head starts spinning n i feel lot nervous so i mostly try to avoid social gathering or market places n prefer being at my room
    phoenixangel1802 phoenixangel1802 22-25, F 3 Responses Dec 15, 2015

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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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    Has anybody experience a crippling anxiety?

    First, I should tell you that I am asian and live in Southeast Asia. I live in a village to boot. Not in the city. Therefore, life in here is very communal. Individualism is not something you can be proud of. It is looked down as negative, brought by the westerners. The problem...
    kiBraziki kiBraziki 18-21, F Feb 3

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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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    TheAvenue TheAvenue 18-21, M Jan 11

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    I have had social anxiety

    since I was seven. I used to "freeze" every time a teacher asked me a question in class or ordering in a restaurant. I wasn't aware of my social anxiety until I was 13. For many years I believed that I was a freak. Everyone told me to just get over myself and the people who were...
    Han123xxx Han123xxx 16-17, F 1 Response Jul 19, 2015

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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 16-17, F 2 Responses Dec 2, 2013

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    Some days I'm positive.

    I remember how far I've come, how I have a job, am married, went through uni and have at least managed to keep my very best friend. Other days are much, much worse. I look forward to a day where I don't have to feel like I do anymore.
    Nenmir Nenmir 22-25, F Apr 17, 2015

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    Well, recently I had a panic attack

    because I accidentally posted my face into my social media, and I actually have low confidence about the look of my face, and a lot of people saw my face, and not only just friends, but strangers. I posted it a night ago, just to test in internet (which failed), but this...
    azurevanilla azurevanilla 13-15 1 Response Jun 30, 2015

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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, 2014

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    I think social phobia is a more accurate

    diagnosis than social anxiety for me (correct me if I' wrong). I don't feel too anxious or panicky when in social groups but more afraid. Last night I was with my boyfriend and a couple of his friends and their girlfriends. I felt so stupid and out of place because the 2 other...
    peacesoullove peacesoullove 22-25, F Aug 12, 2015

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    Do you feel like you are the spotlight

    everywhere you go& that everyones judging you? Even for small little things? Do you feel your heart racing & your blood rushing up to your ears which then make you blush? Do you sometimes stutter? Do you avoid eye contact or you walk with head down slouching a bit? Do you...
    XXLovelyPoisonXX XXLovelyPoisonXX 18-21, F 2 Responses Jan 8

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    This song really speaks to me.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=2iToumqSEdQ
    SocialHermit SocialHermit 41-45, F Mar 22, 2015

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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, 2014

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    Today I was at a psyciatrist,

    I thought I had social anxeity, but apperently I have social phobias.. Well it's good to be comfirmed at least..
    Fenriis Fenriis 18-21, T 2 Responses Jun 9, 2015

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    TickleMeCell TickleMeCell 18-21, T Mar 24, 2015

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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 18-21, F 5 Responses Dec 4, 2013

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    Even online I am nervous about meeting people.

    I avoid interaction as much as possible until I'm in a mania like now. These are the days I feel like I can do more. I make friendships with people and put myself out there. Then, I freak out because I'm supposed to meet these people online for a chat. I'm so nervous. I don't...
    SocialHermit SocialHermit 41-45, F 2 Responses Sep 18, 2015

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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 22-25, M 2 Responses Mar 26, 2014

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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 2 Responses Mar 25, 2014

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