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I Have Social Phobia

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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 stuck in this loop in which I just kept worrying. As soon as my panic kicked in, my heart started racing and I was absolutely convinced that I was on the verge...
    Lifeafterpanic566 Lifeafterpanic566 31-35, M Nov 25, 2013

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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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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 not a problem anymore because they don't control my life, i do. I may feel down or anxious or scared or crazy. but I don't act on these emotions. I do what I...
    Andrewpb Andrewpb 22-25 Oct 16, 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 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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    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 was going to or was in the act of having a heart attack. Then, it started me checking windows and doors repeatedly every night, and the...
    Lifeafterpanic566 Lifeafterpanic566 31-35, M Sep 9, 2013

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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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    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 1 Response Feb 5

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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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    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, i don't work, i sit at home day after day, hating my existence!. i fear being alone more than anything, but isolate...
    MadsLuvk MadsLuvk 22-25, F 1 Response Jul 9, 2013

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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 16-17, M 3 days ago

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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

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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 but i feel scared cause i dot want to mess up... Everyone with social phobia says that they are just scared...
    marylight098 marylight098 13-15, F 4 Responses Jul 6, 2013

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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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    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'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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    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 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 effective? Anyone with experience would be greatly appreciated.
    InevitableCombustion InevitableCombustion 22-25, F 2 Responses Oct 8, 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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    Having panic attacks?

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

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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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    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 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 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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    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 guys respected me but over the years i had more and more embarrasing experiences involving anxiety which changed all of that...
    zoomfan zoomfan 26-30, M 4 Responses Oct 13, 2013

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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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    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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    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 like forever now I could not talk to anyone and like no one of any authority like teachers, mangers.police, etc... I...
    arllry arllry 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 16, 2012

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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 5 Responses 5 days ago

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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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    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 epilepsy.(apperently it's not safe to take that along with epilepsy).but thare is something that is bothering me,yet another reason i...
    Mihael122 Mihael122 18-21, T Jul 30, 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 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...
    RavenHearts RavenHearts 16-17, F 1 Response Mar 14

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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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    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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    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'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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    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 the word or saw it until that day but it did make sence after reading it after seeing what it ment & it goes back to grade 10 2nd semester. I was all normal at the beginning but as few...
    jdoggs jdoggs 16-17, M 1 Response Aug 16, 2011

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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 10 Responses Dec 23, 2013

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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 1 Response Jan 7

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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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    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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    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 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 13-15, F Feb 3

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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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    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 rejected. I'm hoping to meet others like me here, so that maybe I can bond with people who understand me.
    annabelle37 annabelle37 26-30, F 1 Response Jul 5, 2013

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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 start getting sweaty and I can't look the person at the eye and if he asks me something I get so nervous that I start saying random...
    marylight098 marylight098 13-15, F 2 Responses Jun 18, 2013

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    Related Experiences

    I am sick of this social anxiety and social phobia. I am a shell of what I once was. I have always suffered from anxiety and depression but seemed to manage with the help of...
    GroundedButterfly81 GroundedButterfly81 31-35, F 2 Responses a week ago

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    I just turned 34, and I am seeking treatment for social anxiety, in earnest, for the first time in my life. It was pretty severe and is still at least moderate. I've made some...
    bewareofpity bewareofpity 31-35, M 2 Responses Apr 5

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    Social anxiety is from low self esteem and self shame. Tell me, have you ever seen someone who thought highly of themselves have social anxiety? I don't think so, I never have. Or...
    trippyprincess trippyprincess 13-15, F 1 Response Apr 1

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    I have social anxiety. From my experience social anxiety is shame related and this is what I learned so far: For example if your fat and your telling yourself every day that "I'm...
    ReliK ReliK 18-21, M 1 Response Mar 24

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    I recently told my dad i have social anx and he said i will grow out of it and that im just shy. I want to go to therapy but everyone will think im overreacting.
    RichyF RichyF 16-17, M 8 Responses Mar 31

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    My public speaking is 0% I have social anxiety and am self conscious
    Maddya Maddya 18-21, F Apr 5

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    My public speaking is 0% I have social anxiety and am self conscious
    Maddya Maddya 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 5

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