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I Overcame Severe Social Anxiety Disorder

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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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    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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    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 41 Responses Feb 12, 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 Mar 18, 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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    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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    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 3 Responses Mar 18, 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Related Experiences

    I promised myself that when I felt that I had truly overcame my disorder, that I would share my story with those that are currently suffering Let me give a little background...
    dnicolee dnicolee 18-21, F Sep 2

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    I am currently seeking therapy for it. It's strange to say that I have social anxiety because I am a private person, and I enjoy spending time by myself. However, there are times I...
    Close2You Close2You 26-30, M Sep 14

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    I suffer from anxiety disorder from my teens and the doctors told me that i had anxiety depression years and years i was taking drugs for depression in the end my brain analyse...
    blackweirdcat blackweirdcat 46-50, F Sep 10

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    The main problem with social anxiety is a lack of connectivity with emotions, which leads to the inability to formulate a firm set of beliefs and consequently the inability to act...
    Close2You Close2You 26-30, M 1 Response 6 days ago

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    Entry # 1 Hello All :), Here is my attempt to record my progress toward becoming anxiety free. Ive been a shy person way before I could even comprehend what shy was. A shy...
    athion64 athion64 18-21, M 2 Responses Aug 28

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    I have online social anxiety. Honestly, talking is easy for me, I can do it for hours (though some people might get bored and weirded out by me), but when I'm online, my SA makes...
    justicehero justicehero 18-21, M Sep 5

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    hi everyone ever since i was little i have always had social anxiety....but it didnt start showing until high school, i tired making friends but i felt awkward because i never knew...
    momoayami momoayami 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 23

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    Social anxiety showed up in me about 10 and since then it has made my life living hell, I can't talk to anyone without my face going completely red and getting embarrassed. Looking...
    Rachsong348 Rachsong348 13-15, F 3 Responses Aug 31

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    Can someone who has been diagnosed with social anxiety please message me. I have a lot of questions.
    Kimberlynnn Kimberlynnn 13-15, F 4 Responses Sep 1

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    Yup I have social anxiety. I'd shake when I'm out of my element and seem like I'm being judged. I'm a very awkward person and I feel like I'm going to end up doing something...
    Mattsdragons Mattsdragons 13-15, M 3 Responses Sep 6

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    Well, having read some other people's stories, I feel stupid even suggesting that I have social anxiety. I mean, I can leave my house and everything. I manage to go to school. I...
    SuspendYourDisbelief SuspendYourDisbelief 13-15 2 Responses Sep 12

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    hello, i have been suffering from social anxiety for a few years. and it's now at it's worst. my SA is a result of a combination of my quiet shy personality and my fear of walking...
    vitotheclutchhand vitotheclutchhand 18-21, M 1 Response a week ago

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    I hate having social anxiety, I feel like there's something wrong with me..
    sunnysideupp sunnysideupp 16-17, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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    Entry #2 Why am I doing this? or better yet, what is keeping me going? I am challenging myself, my thoughts, behaviors, my ANXIETY because I know what it feels like to be...
    athion64 athion64 18-21, M Aug 29

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    As hard as I want to make new friends my anxiety Is always killing me, I'm afraid that people will just reject me... I always tell myself like "Wake up, you're in the real world...
    Keyyuhn Keyyuhn 13-15, F 1 Response Aug 24

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    Just a quick question, so if someone can or is relating to this, can you please notify me? Or comment down below. (not relating to myself personally) Anyways; Has anyone felt so...
    RickaylaBeard RickaylaBeard 22-25, F 4 Responses Sep 14

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    I have serious anxiety attacks
    elabella17 elabella17 13-15, F 4 days ago

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    I was volunteered to help today at a church function without my knowledge or permission, so I decided to not go. Partly because I was afraid and partly because I was pissed that...
    myblumoon myblumoon 31-35, F 3 Responses 1 day ago

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    I really hate when my friends tell me stuff like "Being social isn't that hard" or "You are just being dramatic." Its hard for me to talk to anyone and to deal with a lot of social...
    Teresag2875 Teresag2875 16-17, F 2 Responses Aug 24

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    I've always been extremely worried about what others think of me and how I come across, and the more I do so, the more I'll appear socially inept, which in turn drives my anxieties...
    aj1996 aj1996 18-21, M 2 Responses Sep 4

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    (all names have been changed from real names) When I was younger I never had social problems, I loved talking to everyone and being around people, but when I got into school...
    XandraElise XandraElise 18-21, F 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    Today, I am horribly anxious and self-conscious. I don't want to socialize. I want to wear a hoodie and become a turtle in a very cold room.
    Apirne Apirne 18-21, F 4 Responses Aug 23

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    I'll admit; I do. I know it is because I have low self-esteem and I feel like the biggest goober in social situations even though that may not be the case. It all ties back to my...
    jlynnaz jlynnaz 31-35, F 4 Responses Aug 24

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    I want to be more sociable but I've been alone for so long I get terrified when it's time for me to socialize and it's extremely frustrated. I went to ask for a job at a local...
    justalea justalea 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 28

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    My mother in law took it upon herself to sign me up to work at our church festival. I'm assigned to cashier at the raffle table. I remember last year specifically saying to her I...
    myblumoon myblumoon 31-35, F 2 Responses Aug 29

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    I'm pretty sure I know how I got my anxiety. I used to get bullied really badly throughout elementary. Now I am totally shy with new people. I'm scared of them. I can't even go...
    undeadblackhawk undeadblackhawk 13-15, F 2 Responses Aug 31

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    I seem rude at times, & I seem so anti-social. It sucks bc Im really a nice person and i love people and my goal is to lift spirits, and if i could talk to you I would. Im pretty...
    eeeosborne eeeosborne 16-17, F 3 Responses Sep 2

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    It's my first week of college. I'm starting from ground zero; my high-school friends aren't around to save me anymore. I never realized how hard it is to freaking talk to people...
    ihugcats ihugcats 18-21, F 5 Responses Sep 4

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    Totally passed my comfort zone tonight. We had a school hockey game, our college against our rival university. Didn't know anyone going, showed up and sat with some people that...
    TheSongPlaysWithin TheSongPlaysWithin 16-17, F 1 Response Sep 7

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    Walking home from school today, I had an anxiety attack. I've been having this a lot lately, but this one was one of the worst. I was walking with my best friend and his little...
    Theycallherelly Theycallherelly 13-15, F 1 Response a week ago

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    I smoke pot to help calm me down. I hate it when I have none. It irritates me. I would rather smoke pot then take Xanax or Zoloft forever
    Jackiebh Jackiebh 22-25, F 1 Response Aug 24

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    It's all I can think about, worrying that it's not going to work out, can't sleep or eat. It's ruining my relationship.
    Trionak1993 Trionak1993 18-21, F Aug 30

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    Sometimes i feel like everyone is looking at me......
    animelover1990 animelover1990 22-25, F 1 Response a week ago

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    When I was on my PS3, I tried talking to this girl I talked to yesterday, and all of a sudden, I had looming thoughts of you're being incompetent shroud my consciousness. This is...
    QuietFreedom QuietFreedom 22-25, M 1 Response Aug 24

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