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I Overcame Severe Social Anxiety Disorder

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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 4 Responses Jun 2

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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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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 5 Responses Aug 16, 2009

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    My anxiety has been getting worse since class has started. I keep feeling out of place especially because of my appearance.
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    I hate class room anxiety. I hate classes that are full. :/
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    Today I beat my anxiety for good! AT LEAST On the driving part! I can whole heartedly drive distances without having a panic attack,I first had an attack trying to drive a few days...
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    I went to a wedding the other day and it actually wasn't going that bad. Until the dancing started... It made me feel really awkward and self contious because I can't dance in...
    escapemyreality escapemyreality 22-25, F 6 Responses 4 days ago

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    School starts in two days and I have no idea how I'm going to handle it. I've never actually been diagnosed with social anxiety but talking to people has been daunting since I was...
    captivating23 captivating23 22-25, F 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    My social anxiety is a huge problem in my life and is the reason I cry most nights thinking about my life. My social anxiety is rooted in a possible case of Aspergers. I say...
    NicoNicoNii NicoNicoNii 18-21, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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    i dont know what else to do. this has been giving me anxiety for days https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhhYJXV508A
    ihatebeingblack44 ihatebeingblack44 18-21, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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    I need serious help. Please message me.
    ihatebeingblack44 ihatebeingblack44 18-21, F 5 days ago

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    I tried to be social for a friend's birthday, but the whole time I was there I hated it, and I could tell I wasnt wanted their. I feel as if all friends are lost. I guess that what...
    4u2dreamabout 4u2dreamabout 22-25, F 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    I saw this commercial for Rosewood and i have been having anxiety since then.
    ihatebeingblack44 ihatebeingblack44 18-21, F 6 days ago

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    My social anxiety is really effecting my life. I've been with my dad for a week and now I'm feeling sick going back to my mum.
    conflictinglives conflictinglives 13-15, M a week ago

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    I don't know if I actually have social anxiety because I am too scared to mention my thoughts to my parents. I'm an insomniac and take medication for that. I'm almost positive...
    sk8rkm77 sk8rkm77 13-15, F 3 Responses a week ago

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    And it has ruined my life ever since. Anxiety sucks ***.
    SparkleSwirl SparkleSwirl 18-21, F a week ago

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    I understand if you post something inappropriate on a social media- but when it's appropriate and only defines me and my life- there's no need to criticise
    Jaazz1987 Jaazz1987 16-17 1 Response a week ago

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    I may be socially awkward or self-conscious, but at the same time , i deeply desire a connection with someone who'll understand me.
    KaylaCherie KaylaCherie 13-15, F 3 Responses a week ago

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    Classes start again tomorrow. I've been going to my college for two years now already and I'm familiar with the campus and my Biology teacher, but I'm still nervous about being in...
    sunshinebucky sunshinebucky 18-21, F Aug 25

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    I'm going into my third year of nursing soon and can't even think about how I'm going to deal with everything. I've spent 4 months of break pretty much doing nothing and got too...
    ashhh25 ashhh25 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 25

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    Back in the times when technology had not taken over people's minds and lives, people used to live in colonies. As a group. Large cities were not prevalent then. So, each...
    kasiyat kasiyat 26-30, F Aug 24

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    I'm perfectly fine talking in front of people. I have play theater whit audience over 400 people. I can talk to strangers and ask what time it is. But I can't go to parties or...
    Stanpines Stanpines 18-21, F 3 Responses Aug 23

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    MY BIGGEST PET PEEVE: When people act 'depressed' or think they have 'social anxiety' to fit in or do it for attention, when there are others out there who are actually diagnosed...
    Hipstercatlover Hipstercatlover 16-17, F 5 Responses Aug 23

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    My life is becoming a struggle between living the life I have and am not anxious in, and the life that I want so bad but has so many anxiety bridges that I have to cross.
    Bean2015 Bean2015 18-21, M Aug 23

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    It's truely sad. I want so badly to have friends and hang out with someone. But every time I attempt to make friends... I some how **** it up. I'm afraid to speak up in...
    Discordiah Discordiah 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 22

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    Today I tried to quit band and my director shamed me for wanting to quit saying that i had made a commitment. The reason I want to quit is because of social anxiety and low self...
    AllieKat17 AllieKat17 16-17, F 2 Responses Aug 21

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