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I Overcame Severe Social Anxiety Disorder

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 110 People

    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 4 Responses 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 42 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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    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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    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 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 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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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'm super into music. It's one of those things that are therapeutic for me. There's this one group that I really love and whom I religiously follow - tweets, instagram, interviews...
    ManicPanicx ManicPanicx 22-25, F 1 Response a week ago

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    I'm far too childlike for my age. I've been the innocent kid that adults liked, and it seems I'm still young today. Honestly? I hate it. Because I'm childlike I don't date. Not...
    aeinhardt aeinhardt 18-21, M 3 Responses Apr 17

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    I have extreme social anxiety due to peers bullying and abusing me. I was normal to begin with. So, it all started when I was about 5. I was living in gapview trailer park. And...
    fallenangel0421 fallenangel0421 13-15, F 3 Responses 9 hrs ago

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    I'm a bit unsure of this one. I know for a fact I have Generalized Anxiety Disorder as I was professionally diagnosed when I was 10. But over the past 4 years, things have been...
    HazzaBoo HazzaBoo 16-17, F 3 Responses Apr 19

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    Im currently looking for a job but its really hard. I have general and social anxiety and even the thought of strangers sends me into a panic. My mom doesnt get it and she think i...
    noseatbeltsong noseatbeltsong 18-21 1 Response Apr 15

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    When I developed Social Anxiety during middle school I became extremely isolated, socially and physically. I stopped going to school and stopped talking to people, even my family...
    KnightOfJustice KnightOfJustice 18-21, M 1 Response Apr 4

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    I used to associate shyness as a bad thing. There was never day month or year that people would point that out about me. I didn't have too many friends when I was little. I shyed...
    Candycane711 Candycane711 22-25, F 2 Responses Apr 14

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    I am a very gifted communicator. How ever I have social anxiety. Not as bad as I used to because I have worked on it. But most importantly I have social sham and social grace...
    louisthe17th louisthe17th 46-50, M 1 Response Apr 4

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    Having social anxiety and being an introvert is tough. Is so hard to talk to people and when I do I can't carry a conversation. It's awkward going into social settings. I rarely...
    hiddenjem hiddenjem 22-25, F 1 Response Apr 20

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    Having social anxiety and being an introvert is tough. Is so hard to talk to people and when I do I can't carry a conversation. It's awkward going into social settings. I rarely...
    hiddenjem hiddenjem 22-25, F 2 Responses Apr 20

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    Friendships don't ever seem like enough. I don't know if this has to do with my social anxiety or it's just normal. But I've never been able to have a friendship I feel good in...
    lipstickonmycaprisun lipstickonmycaprisun 22-25, F 1 Response Apr 9

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    Until just this moment I was a bit bummed that I'd lost the ability to put people at ease just by smiling and saying something I think they'll find amusing. It's an important skill...
    ambivalentFriability ambivalentFriability 18-21 3 Responses Apr 15

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    Today in English i had to read my essay... So person with social anxiety's WORST NIGHTMARE. I was so nervous, i couldn't sleep. While i was reading, my face got all red and i...
    JustineMusey JustineMusey 13-15, F 10 Responses Apr 16

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    I have social anxiety but it gets better every now and then. I haven't had it as bad as I do now in a long time. I think last time I had it was some time in 6th-7th grade. I'm in...
    ICanDoMyOwnThing ICanDoMyOwnThing 13-15, F 1 Response Apr 20

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    After falling behind in classes due to outside problems, my social anxiety has come back and I'm afraid to face my teachers... I thought I was done with this... apparently not...
    Dakavu Dakavu 18-21, M 2 Responses Apr 22

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    Am a 23 year old male in college and i struggle with shyness.social anxiety and depression.this led to another problem of isolation and anger.The anger mostly stems from not being...
    oteki1 oteki1 22-25, M a week ago

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    I feel sometimes uncomfortable around some people. If im nervous around people, i try to make myself calm and normal, but it didnt work. Im so nervous that i just want to run away...
    tokyo60s tokyo60s 31-35, F 4 Responses a week ago

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    Social anxiety really has a way of ******* up your personal development.
    ambivalentFriability ambivalentFriability 18-21 1 Response 3 days ago

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    It's not that obvious. I'm not really super lonely in which I don't have friends...but real friends? Like the ones who will really stay by your side because you have developed and...
    Wewerethereinthattime Wewerethereinthattime 18-21, F 1 Response 12 hrs ago

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    I have general anxiety just lately in my life. It's basically the least of my worries right now.
    dja811213 dja811213 31-35, M 15 hrs ago

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    I need help! I was diagnosed with schizoid personality disorder a few years ago, so I have a hard time dealing with people, after I tried to commit suicide with 15 years old I used...
    Chtulhu Chtulhu 18-21, F Apr 12

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    I am also suffering from severe SA, I am telling this because next thing I will tell is about something different from this topic but not too much. What I am saying is, if you don...
    IMSAF1991 IMSAF1991 22-25, M 2 days ago

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    I am regressing. I had some people I thought were my friends do some mean things lately. Such as not letting me eat with them, laughing when I sit with them, and even sending a...
    shootdownthestars shootdownthestars 16-17, F 3 Responses Apr 7

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    I hate having to struggle so I can talk to other people. I was born with a mental disorder that prevents me from having a actual conversation with people outside of one or two...
    paperman123 paperman123 22-25, M Apr 13

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    I just wanted to reach out to those who are struggling with this debilitating disorder. I have anxiety and depression :/ The past year has been an uphill battle for me. Changing...
    DanniSwtSn DanniSwtSn 26-30, F 2 Responses Apr 13

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    Because of my abusive father, I grew up to be very shy. This made it easy for other kids to take advantage of me and bully me. I started to hate people. My young innocent mind...
    Alexandur Alexandur 16-17, M 1 Response Apr 5

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    What people who don't have SA fail to understand is that anxiety is physical. "Your chest tightens, your head feels cloudy & you are acutely aware of the effort behind every breath...
    BasAllah BasAllah 13-15, F 7 Responses 4 days ago