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I Overcame Severe Social Anxiety Disorder

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 111 People

    From Zero To Hero

    I have being bullied my whole life. Between the ages of 4 and 7 I was just called a weirdo. From 7 to 11 it was loser, geek aswell. When I started high school I felt as though everything had being taken away from me by bullies. After the years of being put down I didnt even feel...
    r9517 r9517 18-21, F Sep 27, 2012

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    Social Anxiety Disorder Is Curable! I Did It. Here's My Story. :)

    (I copy and pasted this from The I have Social Anxiety homepage) So this is my Social Anxiety story (it has a good ending!): I've always been shy since I was a little girl. In the 8th grade, I started to slowly get out of my shell and make lots of friends. But then I had to...
    minnie22mouse minnie22mouse 18-21, F 43 Responses Feb 12, 2009

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    Beating Social Anxiety In 30 Seconds

    How To Cure Anxiety In Under A Minute Using Your Body’s Natural Calm Switch Yep, sounds like bullshit, but I assure you - this is it happened for me. For 3 years I suffered from high levels of anxiety and increasingly regular panic attacks. I remember vividly my first panic...
    beatsocialanxiety beatsocialanxiety 26-30, M 5 Responses Mar 18, 2013

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    I Want to Beat My Anxiety!!!

    Hi, new to this forum so just finding my way... I have suffered with social anxiety for 5 years now and it's really getting me down as I know my life could and should be much better! So this is why I have joined this forum to share/chat about my experience... This is a big step...
    MineralWater MineralWater 22-25 1 Response Aug 16, 2009

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    I finally beat it and feel SO FREE!

    I'd tried everything: counselling, prescription meds, behaviour therapy, visualization. Read all the books and did all the activities. Nothing worked for me. I was still having panic attacks almost daily and very high generalized anxiety. I had no friends and it was...
    crochet4fun crochet4fun 31-35, F 1 Response Nov 15, 2014

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    I Want to Beat My Anxiety!!!

    Hi, new to this forum so just finding my way... I have suffered with social anxiety for 5 years now and it's really getting me down as I know my life could and should be much better! So this is why I have joined this forum to share/chat about my experience... This is a big step...
    MineralWater MineralWater 22-25 5 Responses Aug 16, 2009

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    Social Anxiety I Feel Alone

    i feel like people dont understand me ,i wanna be happy i hate feeling like iam being judged all the time,i feel like iam gonna say or doing something wronge,i try to hard to fit i,i want to be liked,i care to much what people think,iam also a drug addict b.c of muh anxiety and...
    sexylilbabie97 sexylilbabie97 22-25, F 2 Responses Mar 28, 2012

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    Severe Social Axiety

    Ive had very severe social axiety for the last 8 years. Recently, its gotten worse where I cannot look at people even in public. It almost seems like borderline agoraphobia. I think its because I have no good support group.
    Rachael0987 Rachael0987 22-25 1 Response Aug 14, 2012

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    Any Of You Interested In Writing A Guest Post ...?

    I suffered sever social anxiety for about 4 years until recently overcoming it. It was social anxiety that partly inspired a website that I created for people who feel disconnected, alienated and outcasted from the people around them: it's called http://lonerwolf.com . The...
    LunaAle LunaAle 22-25, F Feb 4, 2013

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    I Haven'T Overcome It Yet...

    I would like some advice from those of you who have... Please give suggestions? My social anxiety makes me feel like I'm making everybody feel uncomfortable if I don't say the right thing at the right time with he right tone. I have NO idea how to make friends.. I've always had...
    freeebird freeebird 18-21, F 1 Response Oct 15, 2013

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    I Did Overcome It For A Time Then Every Now And Then It Creeps In

    there are little triggers that set it off... too much stress and anxiety are the main thing and depression then bullying can make me go very nervous to the point I am shaking and making mistakes spelling mistakes and work mistakes... I left my last job due to sudden anxiety...
    czaristacrystals czaristacrystals 36-40, F 1 Response Jul 24, 2011

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    It Seems To Get Worse With Age

    I have had social anxiety disorder for most of my life. In fact, the older that I get the worse that it gets.When I was in elementary school I remember sitting at the very edge of the playground watching every one else play with someone. I tried to mix with the other kids a...
    lyricaldemise lyricaldemise 36-40, T Mar 18, 2013

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    My Number One Goal

    When I overcome my anxiety disorder, the rest of my life will fall into place. This is the hugest inhibitor in my life. I've recently taken to constantly telling myself that I have anxiety so that I'm aware of how my behavior and emotions are consequences of this disorder instead...
    mmmcookies mmmcookies 26-30 4 Responses Aug 29, 2008

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    IM Tire

    i didn't know what i had until about 6 months ago.i just lived with it almost all my life.i dont go no where but to work.it all started around 9th grade .i couldnt speak out in class.worry evey day the teacher would want me to read out loud.its was like that every day.ismoke alot...
    jeffnn jeffnn 36-40 2 Responses Jun 30, 2013

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    It Is Possible.

    When I was in the 3rd grade I had two girlfriends who I considered were my "best friends". At one point during our friendship, they decided to that because of old traditional views they were not going to be my friends. For months, I stayed in the administration office...
    lynnee21 lynnee21 18-21 2 Responses May 5, 2009

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    maybe not 100% "cured"

    but better than I ever thought I could be. Feels amazing not being so crippled with anxiety.
    LazyApe LazyApe 31-35, M Jan 26

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    ManicPanicx ManicPanicx 22-25, F 1 Response Apr 26

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    I have disorder connected to my Social Anxiety Disorder called Selective Mutism. I don't know if I want to quit or not, I'm planning on taking a sign language class on September.
    ariettaxsydney ariettaxsydney 18-21, F 1 Response May 11

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    No one knows how bad my social anxiety is. I'm not sure they even see it as a "real" problem. My family, we don't talk about these things. We avoid most confrontation. We don't...
    ambivalentFriability ambivalentFriability 18-21 1 Response 6 days ago

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    I didn't know how bad my social anxiety was until recently. It has effected me negatively in the following.. I recently declined a career altering job interview because I was just...
    kikimayes kikimayes 22-25, F 4 Responses 5 days ago

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    I have extreme social anxiety due to peers bullying and abusing me. I was normal to begin with. So, it all started when I was about 5. I was living in gapview trailer park. And...
    fallenangel0421 fallenangel0421 13-15, F 3 Responses May 4

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    I start my new job next week. I feel as I'm getting older my social anxiety has gotten much easier to handle but it does affect me every now and then. Now I have a job where I'm...
    ComplicatedGirl18 ComplicatedGirl18 18-21, F 4 Responses 6 days ago

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    I have always been socially awkward ever since I was younger and I spent almost all of my high school years just trying to fit in. I did 'fit in' for a while. It wasn't that...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response May 8

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    Soo I'm coming to you all vulnerable as hell. All the gloves coming off now. I have to say one thing that triggers my social anxiety is the feeling of embarrassment and total utter...
    ElSabre101 ElSabre101 26-30, M 1 Response May 5

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    So my friend who has anxiety herself told me that I might have social anxiety.....**** :/
    Wompy52 Wompy52 18-21, M 1 Response 2 days ago

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    After falling behind in classes due to outside problems, my social anxiety has come back and I'm afraid to face my teachers... I thought I was done with this... apparently not...
    Dakavu Dakavu 18-21, M 2 Responses Apr 22

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    Am a 23 year old male in college and i struggle with shyness.social anxiety and depression.this led to another problem of isolation and anger.The anger mostly stems from not being...
    oteki1 oteki1 22-25, M Apr 27

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    I feel sometimes uncomfortable around some people. If im nervous around people, i try to make myself calm and normal, but it didnt work. Im so nervous that i just want to run away...
    tokyo60s tokyo60s 31-35, F 3 Responses Apr 27

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    Social anxiety really has a way of ******* up your personal development.
    ambivalentFriability ambivalentFriability 18-21 1 Response May 1

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    My social anxiety is so bad that I feel anxious about posting on here.
    EK94 EK94 18-21, M 3 Responses May 5

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    My social anxiety had gotten so bad one day that I could barely go up and get myself something to eat for lunch. I kept thinking what if people start looking or staring at me as if...
    ShyKidz ShyKidz 16-17, M 5 Responses May 6

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    What's difference between shy and social anxiety
    noname107 noname107 18-21, F 2 Responses a week ago

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    Interesting article. I am an empath. I am looking forward to future findings. http://www.spiritscienceandmetaphysics.com/new-study-links-social-anxiety-to-being-empath/
    AmyOnEP AmyOnEP 41-45, F 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    I have really bad social anxiety and my school don't that it's a serious problem and they punish me for not going into lessons and it's now that bad I couldn't do my gcse exam...
    zib131 zib131 16-17, M 5 Responses 3 days ago

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    I am also suffering from severe SA, I am telling this because next thing I will tell is about something different from this topic but not too much. What I am saying is, if you don...
    IMSAF1991 IMSAF1991 22-25, M May 1

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    What people who don't have SA fail to understand is that anxiety is physical. "Your chest tightens, your head feels cloudy & you are acutely aware of the effort behind every breath...
    BasAllah BasAllah 13-15, F 7 Responses Apr 30

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    It's not that obvious. I'm not really super lonely in which I don't have friends...but real friends? Like the ones who will really stay by your side because you have developed and...
    Wewerethereinthattime Wewerethereinthattime 18-21, F 2 Responses May 4

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    Is it real? sometimes I am lead to believe, due to the way people comment on me, that my anxiety is just me trying to catch attention. I can't control it, but the way people are...
    stabbedtoceasersalad stabbedtoceasersalad 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 25

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    I gave my 10yr old step daughter some advice a month or so back and have only noticed now how much of it she took onboard. Things are so much better and her anxiety and guilt have...
    stormmistress stormmistress 31-35, F May 3

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    I get so much anxiety around new people and am so shy I never wanna venture out of my comfort zone out side of my bf. I love him and he is my best friend and I wouldnt trade the...
    bigkidkelli bigkidkelli 22-25, F 2 Responses May 2

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    I have general anxiety just lately in my life. It's basically the least of my worries right now.
    dja811213 dja811213 31-35, M May 4

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    Does anyone deal with anxiety? And how they got out of it? Please help I would like to know
    FreeSpirit02 FreeSpirit02 18-21, F 1 Response May 7

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    I am very stressed out. I was assigned a group project, I had to do the video, my friend Michael did the Poster, and this other girl was meant to do the brochure. But the other...
    TheBellaBubbles TheBellaBubbles 18-21, F 1 Response May 13

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