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I Overcame Severe Social Anxiety Disorder

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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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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 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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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 5 days ago

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    its disabling my life. i want to get my life back
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    For as long as I can remember I've had social anxiety disorder. As a child i was labeled as being "shy" and that I would grow out of it. Growing up I never had any friends until we...
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    rose114 rose114 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 15

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    Earlier this year, I was initially diagnosed with a severe anxiety disorder and was scheduled for another appointment to determine what, if any meds could be used to help me cope...
    XaNaX1988 XaNaX1988 26-30, M Jan 15

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    In addition to recently starting therapy, I bought a book: "Overcoming Social Anxiety" The book recommends keeping a notebook and writing certain things down. I'm going to share...
    ludix ludix 41-45, M Jan 2

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    I have social anxiety and it's getting to much for me to handle anymore. I hate going to school, my grades suck and I barely have any friends anymore because i always blow everyone...
    hans167 hans167 18-21, F 5 Responses Jan 19

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    Being an adult sucks sometimes. It sucks even worse with social anxiety. Everybody prefers to just go to the fridge when you're hungry and see that your mom just stocked it. Now I...
    Leannaix Leannaix 18-21, F 2 Responses Jan 8

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    In 2014 I have been fighting depression. Towards the end of the year I've been healing from it. But through the whole process I've developed social anxiety. I didn't realize how...
    Diamondgirly Diamondgirly 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 12

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    Not really social anxiety.. I am comfortable around others, I'm just not to keen on interacting. I feel right at home in large crowds and bars watching the ants at work in there...
    NihilSineNefas NihilSineNefas 22-25, M Jan 17

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    Social anxiety runs my life. I can barley go out sometimes without feeling everyone looking at me and judging me. Then my family wants me to get a job. I know I need to but it's...
    crimsonrosebud crimsonrosebud 18-21, F 4 Responses Jan 18

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    I was not a normal teenager. I was terrified when I was forced to go to public places alone. Anytime I was told to go grocery shopping or buy lunch for myself, I got this feeling...
    ComplicatedGirl18 ComplicatedGirl18 18-21, F 5 Responses Jan 18

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    Sometimes I think my social anxiety is weird, too me it is. People respond differently too social situations, so its all not exactly the same. But for me, it all depends on where i...
    AfraidOfMyOwnMind AfraidOfMyOwnMind 16-17, F 1 Response Jan 20

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    Ever since I can remember, I've always had a lot of trouble talking to people. I only had one friend up until my freshman year in high school. I didn't even know what social...
    ElvenQueenKayla ElvenQueenKayla 16-17, F 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    I have extreme social anxiety and I feel like it's killing me. If I go to a restaurant like subway or anything, I won't eat.. Because that involves talking, I'm better about it...
    Bflyboo14 Bflyboo14 13-15, F 2 Responses Jan 2

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    This past week a friend of my host came to stay here, a seven day visit. I started feeling nervous for no apparent reason two days earlier, which I noticed because I was smoking...
    NeonBlueMidnight NeonBlueMidnight 26-30, M 2 Responses Jan 16

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    I was around 8 when I was diagnosed with social anxiety, from a young age I've always been scared of crowds, being in front of people,put on the spot,embarrassing myself. No matter...
    musicforlife0321 musicforlife0321 18-21, F 4 Responses a week ago

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    Today I just got accepted into cooking school today and I'm really excited except.... It's in Wellington the capital city in nz, so i Have to move, I have no where to live, no...
    lifeisnottoobad lifeisnottoobad 18-21, F 2 days ago

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    I get social anxiety when I have to mix with new groups of ple who are very different from me. I overthink the implications of what I say n what they think n basically insecure...
    Kletsgo Kletsgo 26-30, F 2 Responses Jan 8

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    This is the fifth month I have been at my new job and social anxiety has made me suffer in every way at work. The other people who have joined the company in the same period have...
    littlemacintosh littlemacintosh 22-25, F 1 Response Jan 8

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    Inside my head, I can think fluently and explain things deeply to myself. Inside my head I feel confident, and depending on the situation I feel intelligent. However when it comes...
    loishola loishola 18-21, F 3 Responses Jan 9

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    I honestly get lonely and want to talk to people but then again I don't want to talk to people because I have social anxiety so yeah I wanna talk to people and meet one amazing...
    Roxxie16 Roxxie16 16-17, F 2 Responses Jan 11

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    More of what I have learned... This comes from my recent therapy session as well as what I have learned from the following book: (I highly recommend it!) "Overcoming Social Anxiety...
    ludix ludix 41-45, M Jan 13

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    Having social anxiety has hindered me in so many ways. I hate myself for not even being able to order my own food at restaurants.
    HurricaneAshlyn HurricaneAshlyn 18-21, F Jan 23

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    I've always been pretty shy but I just recently got diagnosed with social anxiety. I am now at the point where I don't even want to leave my house. Is there anything I can or...
    mandadelilah mandadelilah 16-17, F 4 Responses a week ago

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    Because of my social anxiety, I have become jaded and cynical. I tell myself I don't need to be popular, I don't need to have lots or friends, I don't need to be the life of the...
    GrimCreeper0150 GrimCreeper0150 22-25, M 3 Responses 6 days ago

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    i hate that i have social anxiety and i cant face my fears
    itsstephybitxh itsstephybitxh 18-21, F 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    I think I have social anxiety because of I'm in a class where I have no friends I literally almost cry.... Once I did cry bc I had to talk in front of my class.
    KaylaBVB KaylaBVB 16-17, F 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    I have really bad social anxiety. I sweat, panic, stutter, etc. just being in front of people. I can hardly stand going out in public, but I'm working on it.
    Leofflaed Leofflaed 18-21, F 5 days ago

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    High school has been absolute HELL with my social anxiety, and with how badly people treat me. I have 5 more months until I graduate and I don't know how i'm going to cope, cause I...
    heyidontknow heyidontknow 16-17, M 20 Responses 5 days ago

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    I know I have social anxiety and my parents just don't understand. My mom asks me why I'd rather talk to people online and why all of my friends are pretty much online. It's hard...
    jalexiss jalexiss 16-17, F 3 Responses