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I Overcame Severe Social Anxiety Disorder

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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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Related Experiences

    I just looked up today the mental disability "social anxiety," or "social phobia," and after seeing many symptoms that match mine, i went on to take an online test to see how...
    Otokonoko Otokonoko 16-17, M Sep 25

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    My social anxiety is so severe that I basically have no friends except a couple people online, I rarely leave the house, and I have no job and no life. I can't function in the...
    asariblue asariblue 26-30, F 5 Responses Oct 15

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    My whole life I thought I was shy, but over the past year or so I'm realizing that I may have social anxiety. It seems like I am way more than just shy. If anyone can let me know...
    Dreamer32 Dreamer32 26-30, F 4 Responses Oct 6

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    It's been three long years of self harm,depression, schizophrenia and social anxiety. I started self harming when I was 11, when I started high school. I've cut, burned, threw up...
    imtoughbutimnocookie imtoughbutimnocookie 13-15, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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    I began the first day of school, woke up more excited then ever. I picked out the clothes I'd wear the night before, I could barely sleep, constantly visualizing my friends and...
    looking4chances looking4chances 18-21, M 2 Responses a week ago

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    I've had social anxiety for as long as I can remember. I've been on and off medicine with some helping more then other. I've started to feel a bit more confident in myself since I...
    Orion594 Orion594 18-21, M Oct 8

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    Do you take medication for your Social Anxiety/Phobia? If so what do you take and how does it affect you? Do you like/hate it?
    MMckay15 MMckay15 22-25, F 4 Responses Oct 8

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    Complete the sentence... My social anxiety means...
    MMckay15 MMckay15 22-25, F 8 Responses Oct 12

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    I have crippling social anxiety. I have the worst times during the day because I am afraid to ask for help at work even when I really need it. Or even at stores. Even when a group...
    nwrner nwrner 16-17, M 5 Responses 4 days ago

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    Has anyone developed sudden food allergies when having a severe anxiety relapse?
    bellfalls bellfalls 22-25, F a week ago

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    It's been little over a year now since I unwillingly dropped everything because of my anxiety. I stopped doing the things I truly loved and I stopped going to my favorite places...
    Anonymousgirl8 Anonymousgirl8 16-17, F 1 Response Sep 24

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    I've always had anxiety. Recently exactly 2 weeks ago I was hit by a car and my anxiety has completely gotten out of control.
    Amy1MM Amy1MM 18-21, F 1 Response Sep 25

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    If I'm with people I know I can feel outgoing almost loud sometimes. But without them I get pretty shy and have some anxiety about talking to people in a social way outside of...
    DizzyGreenEyes DizzyGreenEyes 18-21, F 1 Response Oct 4

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    Overall, my anxiety has pretty much subsided since being on Zoloft but for the deeper parts of my anxiety spectrum, the harder parts, the anxiety powers through and the rapid...
    EngulfingBreeze EngulfingBreeze 22-25, F 2 Responses a week ago

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    I spoke with my therapist the other day and she always says instead of moving away from the discomfort, to move towards it, so it can be worked through. Unfortunately... every...
    moontreats moontreats 22-25, F 1 Response Sep 26

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    Five years ago i get my first anxiety and panic attack, it takes me one and a half year to understand what it is, doctors were wrong in my case, what i needed is a psychiatric and...
    whispersgod whispersgod 26-30, M 6 Responses Sep 30

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    I suffer with anxiety and have done for what seems like forever, I either come off very chatty in order to dominate and control the situation or I am very reclusive. I live in a...
    ultimatehacker ultimatehacker 26-30, M 1 Response 4 days ago

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    I hate to go out in public, especially in crowded places. I just feel like everyone is judging me because I'm overweight. It's something that I've felt ever since I was in school...
    brady120378 brady120378 31-35, M Oct 1

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    I don't really know why I sign up for this website. I guess I just needed a place to receive some sort of feedback about... Whatever I write about. I would like to put into words...
    Andrea091 Andrea091 22-25, F 2 Responses Oct 4

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    Trying to leave the house to simply go the shop but the anxiety inside is stopping me. And my heart is pounding. I hate the outside world, wish I couldn't give a flying **** what...
    Sensesfailed Sensesfailed 22-25, M 3 Responses Oct 10

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    I feel it after I socialize. I relive the nonsense I've said. Ah I'm stupid Grunts
    NotApplicable NotApplicable 22-25, F Oct 12

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    I have suddenly realized how much this has and will set me back. I get beyond terrified to go into new social situations. So now my friends have started leaving me behind. And that...
    marchz13 marchz13 16-17, F 1 Response Oct 13

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    i have some major issues with this. just the other day i had a job interview. meditating and rehearsing did not do me any favours. my mind always seems to trigger this reaction...
    theAnonMouse theAnonMouse 22-25, M 1 Response Oct 15

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    I'm 21 now and just starting to get that I'm probably bipolar and didn't get xanax for my anxiety until 18. I feel like I missed out on all the parties in Highschool and the cool...
    Woods93 Woods93 18-21, M 1 Response 6 days ago

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    I came from the park and seen many children at the playground. I have an emotional support dog so I get a lot of eyes and stuff. And to begin with I generally do not like kids. I...
    vanessamoomoo vanessamoomoo 22-25, F 6 days ago

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    I hate it. I always want to run away from every social experience I have. I can't stand being near people, and recently I have started homeschooling, and that's made it 100 times...
    Jasperelliott Jasperelliott 16-17, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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    Why do ppl try to burst your bubble when all you do is try to live a normal life really can't stand it when negativity is thrown in my face
    weeshil weeshil 41-45, F Oct 9

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    You know when you miss a step on the stairs and your heart drops and you panic??? That's what I feel like all the time.
    madi917 madi917 18-21, F 3 days ago

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    There are 500 people on this site who have GAD! Most GADDERS seem to be loners. But if you'd like to join me in forming a community for GAD folks, consider joining this private...
    worldbeat99 worldbeat99 56-60, M 1 day ago

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    ****, I'm such an idiot :( I can never have a conversation with anyone (especially girls) without getting nervous and ******* up............only to appear weird to the other...
    SgtRecker97 SgtRecker97 16-17, M 2 Responses Sep 25

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    I have always loved being around people and was always really sociable.. like literally the person who laughed the loudest, had the most fun and didn't care what others thought...
    minrevolution minrevolution 22-25, F 2 Responses Sep 26

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    And this week I went to the bank and got a loan with my husband to help put him through school. He doesn't know how to do these types of things, so I had to take the lead. I was...
    PirateM PirateM 26-30 Sep 28

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    Is there any winning to this? I don't understand sometimes, It's like when I'm alone I'm feel like I'm one of the smartest and prettiest girls, but when I'm in public I start...
    alwayswatchingu alwayswatchingu 18-21, F 3 Responses Sep 28

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    i cant gather the strength to talk to most people, and if i'm forced to go out in front of someone, i have a panic attack. i don't know what's worse... having everyone see you as a...
    rxcxrds rxcxrds 16-17, F 2 Responses Oct 2

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