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I Overcame Severe Social Anxiety Disorder

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 121 People

    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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 2 Responses Mar 18, 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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    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 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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    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, 2015

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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, 2015

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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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    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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    Are you perfectionist and do you think it's common among the people with social anxiety?
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    Just to let everybody know benzodiazepines makes things worse
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    Theres times where I can go days without verbally talking to someone, like not even say a word to anybody all day. Its not that I don't like anybody, it's just.. I don't really...
    Hipstercatlover Hipstercatlover 16-17, F 4 Responses 4 days ago

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    This anxiety is bad on me and bad on my husband . He doesnt treat me like he used to, If i had a better man who knows anxiety and be willing to take me in Id be willing Am...
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    Im so, so proud of myself! Today I had my college audition, and I had to wake up at 5am to get ready, (I didn't go to bed until 1am last night, so I'm running off not even 4 hours...
    Hipstercatlover Hipstercatlover 16-17, F 6 Responses 6 days ago

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    Sometimes I just feel like giving up. Waking up everday carrying this pain of social anxiety is ruining my life. I have days where im positive and optimistic, then I have days like...
    painfullyconfident painfullyconfident 22-25, M 3 Responses 6 days ago

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    The only way out is through.
    ogkev ogkev 26-30, M 1 Response a week ago

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    It's my friend's birthday tonight. I'm all ready to go out and drink with her family and friends. Then it hits me; I have never been to this bar, never met these people before...
    mlamla mlamla 26-30, F 5 Responses a week ago

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    I have to make a phone call to set up an appointment for a PET scan but I can't get up the courage to do it. :(
    sikkacyanide sikkacyanide 22-25, F 8 Responses Feb 4

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    New ppl new places, never sure the right things to say. I usually come off as stupid or the person that says silly things that then they can pick on me with. Even my family does it...
    mlamla mlamla 26-30, F 2 Responses Feb 3

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    I hate when you hear someone say "Hi, how are you?" And you respond and it's awkward as is then you turn and see someone else standing there too and you don't know which of you the...
    ACWK226 ACWK226 22-25, F 3 Responses Feb 3

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    There is this one guy in my class who I have worked with in some group projects (groups chosen by teacher), who I think really shares my humor and is really easy to talk to, but I...
    RiverMountain RiverMountain 22-25, F 3 Responses Feb 3

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    I hate doing presentations with people and solo. I legit wanna cry sometimes
    StrangeMusings StrangeMusings 18-21, F 4 Responses Feb 3

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    It happens so many times where I have an event that I planned on going to. I get outside the building clam up and go home.
    Lacrimosadies Lacrimosadies 18-21, F Feb 2

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    Today I had to do a group presentation in my french class. The group I was in had my friends in it so they knew about this issue I have and because it was a short presentation and...
    Jessica4729 Jessica4729 16-17, F 1 Response Feb 2

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    I used to go to a gym class twice a week with my neighbour but I moved and she stopped going so I stopped too. I HATE going places alone. I feel like a clown with all eyes on me...
    ACWK226 ACWK226 22-25, F 5 Responses Feb 2

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    Ive been off my anxiety medications for a month now, school is slowly killing me once more.
    Jess9798 Jess9798 16-17, F Feb 1

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    I keep staying nervuos aruond people and am very insecure, what to do ?
    Yviroc Yviroc 22-25, T 1 Response Jan 31

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    I'm psyching myself out right now when I shouldn't be. This will destroy me so much.
    Peterpansxwifey Peterpansxwifey 16-17, F 1 Response Jan 31

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    I can't stand when people use this as an excuse to avoid life by choice. Too many people claim social anxiety when, really, they're just lazy and don't want to have to do things...
    omgwut omgwut 41-45, M 4 Responses Jan 30

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    I'm not sure if anyone feels or has felt this way too but I'm feel so anxious that I can't even express myself on social media in fear of what people will think of me. It seems...
    aquamoongoddess aquamoongoddess 22-25, F 1 Response Jan 30

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    I start a course tomorrow and I'm so anxious new classmates new teachers it's making me sick thinking about it
    anestacia anestacia 18-21, F 5 Responses Jan 30

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