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I Overcame Severe Social Anxiety Disorder

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 116 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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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 5 Responses Jun 2

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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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    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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    When You realize become Daria.
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    When you're the only person in your family with social anxiety .. So then everyone thinks you're faking it .. But you're not. 😫😫😫😔😔😒😒😢😢
    KaylaCherie KaylaCherie 18-21, F 3 Responses 1 hr ago

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    Honestly, IT SUCKS! Sometimes it makes you feel like no one it here to make you feel protected or okay.
    KaylaCherie KaylaCherie 18-21, F 4 hrs ago

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    it really affects me when others are hurting...I literally feel others pain
    heyimokay heyimokay 26-30, F 1 day ago

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    I haven't been able to get over this man that died. I watched this show called snapped and they usually don't show the people on their dying day but they showed a surveillance...
    ihatebeingblack44 ihatebeingblack44 18-21, F 2 days ago

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    Is it normal to have chest pains when I'm anxious?
    k179 k179 16-17, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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    No one that doesn't have social anxiety can really understand the effort it takes to get up and go somewhere you know has people everywhere... My social anxiety makes me feel like...
    PlanetGaia PlanetGaia 18-21, F 6 days ago

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    I have social anxiety and adhd combined im a ball of confusion and never endins thought im good at everything and nothing at the same time its frustating
    imperfectSassMaster imperfectSassMaster 18-21, F 1 Response a week ago

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    i have been through a lot in my life. after my parents divorce and harsh seperation i lived with my dad who was a bit aggressive. he never let me talk to guys or even say hi. he...
    jessy55 jessy55 18-21, F 2 Responses a week ago

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    all of my attempts to become a socially functional person have made me miserable. they haven't been extraordinary attempts. but, they are contrary to my character and have made me...
    chaekowski chaekowski 26-30, M Jun 25

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    It's not easy. It really isn't. From my POV, social anxiety is an incurable disease that not even therapy can remedy, regardless of how hard you try to conquer it.
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses Jun 24

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    I saw a guy walking his dog when i was walking my dog, so of course i turn around and go home. It surprised me cause i felt confident in how I looked today, but maybe that has...
    SaintInHell SaintInHell 18-21, F 3 Responses Jun 24

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    Over the past year being a freshman in college I feel like I have found my group of lifelong friends. Hopefully its not just me but I feel like I've never been so close to a group...
    Lytt14 Lytt14 18-21 Jun 24

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    Dear anxiety, thanks for ruining my life, thanks to you I can't live my life comfortably like everyone else can, I always have to give everything more than a second thought I'm...
    slipknotisamazing slipknotisamazing 18-21, F 6 Responses Jun 23

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    It's really hard for me to socialize with people in my personal life. It's weird because I'm a sales person & at work I have no problem talking or dealing with people but when I'm...
    DeskDorkly DeskDorkly 18-21, F 1 Response Jun 23

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    Does anyone in this group also date someone with social anxiety? What's the relationship like?
    akaShaun akaShaun 16-17, M 4 Responses Jun 23

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    I had been doing very well recovering from one of the lowest points in my anxiety roller coaster, but then I left for college and my whole world fell apart. I found myself having...
    AddieJazz AddieJazz 18-21, F Jun 23

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    does any one get breathing problems like yawning and always a need to sigh like u cant ever get a good breath in?
    js2231 js2231 31-35, F Jun 22

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    I was so tired so I decided to go to bed, fell asleep fast and woke up 20 min later to a full fledged panic attack. It's been over an hour my heart is still racing along with my...
    mysteri123 mysteri123 18-21, F 1 Response Jun 22

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    "Drowning" A plush blanket of comfort and destruction bound tightly around my frail body. My breathing is constantly labored and my toes curled under bracing for the next mental...
    writingmyrelease writingmyrelease 26-30, F 3 Responses Jun 21

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    I thought online would be a good place to start getting used to talking to people (since I can't face to face) but I'm having just as much anxiety sending messages as I would...
    momenti momenti 18-21, F 2 Responses Jun 20

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    Went to donate blood today. I stopped making appointments, because I'll get anxious about it the days before. I felt my stomach go empty and my heart start racing when I was...
    chaekowski chaekowski 26-30, M Jun 20

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    Anyone ever feel just physically sick from their anxiety? I was diagnosed last month but my anxiety has been a problem for about 7 months. Everyday I feel like I'm going to be sick...
    furelise furelise 18-21 Jun 19

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    People have been ostracizing me and excluding me all my life. I felt like whenever I spoke I was being ignored; so I stopped speaking. I lost the ability to converse with people...
    Purrkittyy Purrkittyy 18-21, F 3 Responses Jun 19

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