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I Overcame Severe Social Anxiety Disorder

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 115 People

    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 5 Responses 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 1 Response Aug 16, 2009

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    How I overcame my anxiety problems: well .

    .. One evening, I was having a severe panic attack. I had been having them back to back by then. I'd have 5 - 10 attacks per day. I could barely leave the house... This attack was particularly bad; I was trembling, crying, gasping for breath - feeling like this time I was really...
    DreamChristine DreamChristine 31-35, F 4 Responses Jun 2

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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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    Any one else feel this weird sometimes ? I love love love my close friends . They are like my sisters . I love hanging out with them . But I hate being in large crowds . I was at...
    Jini25 Jini25 22-25, F 2 Responses 1 hr ago

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    I was signing up for my classes and i started thinking how the whole scenario in me being there will play out. Feeling so anxious, my heart racing, slowly getting sweaty. There are...
    reversethetime reversethetime 18-21, F 1 Response 5 hrs ago

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    I really really need to work on overcoming, dealing with, or at least managing it.. And I feel like the more I talk about it, the more likely I am to overcome it. It's really been...
    chaekowski chaekowski 26-30, M 17 hrs ago

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    I walk through the grocery store and I realize all the people I am passing are going to die and dissolve and be scattered in every direction of the universe.. And all that...
    chaekowski chaekowski 26-30, M 4 days ago

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    As an intern, I think it's expected that we will say and/or do stupid ****. However, sometimes I think I go beyond that and have to suffer the consequence of humiliating myself in...
    crypticcrime crypticcrime 18-21, F 3 Responses a week ago

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    It's strange how good I can actually be socially yet my brain can't seem to comprehend that and doesn't shut the **** up when I'm trying to leave the house.
    akaShaun akaShaun 16-17, M 2 Responses a week ago

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    I have a very deep seated fear of being socially rejected. I had an abusive father and got bullied as a child. I also got bullied in high school and am now in very bad...
    Justventingg Justventingg 18-21, F a week ago

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    A lot of times, when talking to new people, and before they approach, I feel this fear well up inside of me...it makes me blush and falter when speaking and it's impossible to be...
    winglessdove winglessdove 13-15, F 1 Response Jul 19

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    My anxiety has been ragging off the charts lately. I've recently been very sick with a virus that has caused my immune system to plummet and my spleen to swell. I quite my job and...
    Charper44 Charper44 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 18

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    My dad calls me an old lady cause I don't want to leave the house. I don't like crowds and new people. I hate eating in front of people even my friends. I'm not good at socializing...
    Anaaaaa345 Anaaaaa345 18-21, F Jul 18

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    Many social situations can be quite awkward to me but I have made some good progress over the years with on and off help from therapists and anti-anxiety medication. But, hands...
    NickCavefan NickCavefan 31-35, M Jul 18

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    I refused to go to a store with my mom today, and her response was "wow, I've never met a 15 year old who doesn't like shopping." "You're a REAL piece of work.." Thanks mom...
    Bflyboo14 Bflyboo14 13-15, F 6 Responses Jul 15

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    When you have social anxiety about sitting alone at a restaurant table because you're waiting on the other person to show up
    spence96 spence96 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 15

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    My rommate is sick and he said he was healthy just before he got sick. This really scares me how u can be healthy one day and all the sudden be sick
    ihatebeingblack44 ihatebeingblack44 18-21, F Jul 15

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    I have a hard time in groups of people. Or talking to people that I don't know. I get so overcome with anxiety that I now often tend to stay away from anything social. I spend a...
    Runnergirl0722 Runnergirl0722 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 15

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    I also have social anxiety and it's really hard for me to be socialable
    nbp78 nbp78 36-40, M 2 Responses Jul 14

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    Okay, so I haven't been diagnosed or anything, and I know it's dangerous to self-diagnose yourself with things. But I'm pretty sure I have this to some degree at least. All the...
    dwyli33 dwyli33 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 14

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    When I was younger I thought I was just a little shy. After all that's what people would tell me. I got into a long distances relationship when I was almost 16. I loved her very...
    cifer21 cifer21 22-25, M 1 Response Jul 14

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    All my life I have dealt with social anxiety. and because of this i havent been able to keep a job or have many friends. i use music as a way to feel better. My mom doesnt...
    ravenlindsay ravenlindsay 18-21, F 3 Responses Jul 13

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    I got 124 on the Liebowitz Social Anxiety Scale. If I get stuck in a social situation, especially with lots of people looking at me, I freeze. I can't stand having people look...
    BattlingDepression BattlingDepression 13-15, F 3 Responses Jul 13

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    I get scared of almost everything. I just saw these two files on my aunts computer that said "sicko" and "sick around the world" and im scared.
    ihatebeingblack44 ihatebeingblack44 18-21, F Jul 11

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    My mom finally said she would consider taking me to a psychiatrist, not that I've been begging her to take me for 2 years now or whatever. No big deal. The only real issue now...
    Bflyboo14 Bflyboo14 13-15, F 6 Responses Jul 8

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    Hi there! I wanted to say hello and introduce myself. I suffer Social anxiety since I was adolescent and I'm 43 now. That's why I found hard to make friends and feel more...
    mmorgam mmorgam 41-45, F 1 Response Jul 8

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    About 2 and a half months ago I met a lot of new people, it was amazing, no social anxiety, nothing. I started dating one guy that I met in that group of friends, and we've been...
    EmeraldCat EmeraldCat 18-21, F Jul 8

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    I guess it's severe, it's affected my life this much after all.
    tsubakiblossom tsubakiblossom 22-25, F 1 Response Jul 6

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    So on Sunday I had to attened a family meal for my Gran's birthday. There were 15 of us in a resturant I'd never been too and since my anxiety started I was unable to eat in public...