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I Overcame Severe Social Anxiety Disorder

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 110 People

    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 feel like **** all the time. I feel inferior and act like I am guilty of something when I am around people. I wasn't born with any anxiety or phobia.I blame this world for my...
    karmicsouls karmicsouls 31-35, F 1 Response Mar 20

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    When i was younger i noticed that crowds made me nervous. Now, i can't even walk in to a room with less than 5 people without hyperventilating...
    Anika1258 Anika1258 13-15, F 1 Response Mar 9

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    I thought I had social anxiety and depression but recently diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. BPD can be mistaken for depression and/or anxiety. I believe a lot more...
    hannahrobinson1993 hannahrobinson1993 18-21, F Mar 19

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    I used to wake up terrified every morning wondering if my son had died in his sleep. I would lay in bed with my heart slowly pounding until I heard him whine and then I would...
    Earthboundmisfiti Earthboundmisfiti 22-25, F Mar 18

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    I use to think social anxiety was something that I would have to live with forever. I thought it was just simply fear of people. But what helped me was understanding that 1. Social...
    Besillybeyou Besillybeyou 26-30, F 2 Responses Mar 17

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    Along with social anxiety I also have major depression, which was initially triggered by the anxiety and I hate it when after a major depressive episode and I start feeling better...
    ces588 ces588 26-30, F 4 Responses Mar 18

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    Can people with social anxiety just be friends with other people with social anxiety that would be great
    Theblackassassin Theblackassassin 18-21, M 4 Responses Mar 21

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    Ok so I do suffer from social anxiety and I had to literally just let some coworkers know that they needed to fall back a bit because I've always been scared to stand up for myself...
    imissdnce imissdnce 31-35, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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    My social anxiety is a huge pain in the *** but I think I'm sort of improving my social skills. Even online I'm worried if I'm boring someone, being annoying, or just sounding like...
    WhatTheFrenchToast WhatTheFrenchToast 18-21, M 10 Responses Mar 6

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    Would love to be in a relationship but social anxiety and shyness won't let me
    Mitchhhhh Mitchhhhh 18-21, M 1 Response Mar 5

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    I've suffered from social anxiety for years now. I've been trying my best to get over it, but because of it I have been unable to bring myself to get a job, or even start driving...
    Dustyroses Dustyroses 18-21, F Mar 7

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    I've had it since I was really little and high school is making it so much worse. I don't want 2 more years of high school. I don't want social anxiety. I feel like I can't get...
    SadLittleFlower SadLittleFlower 13-15, F 1 Response Mar 9

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    For as long as I can remember, I have had social anxiety. I never let anyone know what's going on inside my head because I'm afraid of the reactions. Normally I never post things...
    charliethepuppetpall charliethepuppetpall 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 11

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    I've come to the conclusion that I'm never gonna get a girlfriend until I deal with this social anxiety but it's gotten so bad lately I don't know if I can ever escape
    Dynamite500 Dynamite500 18-21, M 1 Response Mar 18

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    I'm afraid that my social anxiety will effect my don. I don't have zany female friends and don't know anybody with kids. Neither my siblings or my husbands' have kids so he has no...
    restartnow restartnow 31-35, F 2 Responses Mar 23

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    I have social anxiety and I hate it but I can't change the way I act. What I hate is that I get EXTREMELY nervous around someone of the opposite gender. I can't even speak...
    infiniteJourney infiniteJourney 18-21, F 1 Response a week ago

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    I just wish people could understand what it's like (mainly my bf), and realize their yelling and ****** "just deal with it" advice doesn't help. Believe me I'd love to just "get...
    bbygrlashes bbygrlashes 18-21, F 3 Responses 6 days ago

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    I got bullied pretty badly while I was in school. I pin most of the blame on the fact that I was in an all girls school for primary and secondary ( for those of you who are not...
    nainaii nainaii 18-21, F 2 Responses 9 hrs ago

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    I don't have the disorder...but I experience separation anxiety a lot . whenever I say good bye even if its just like going home I feel it (an example) every single time
    ilovemyself777 ilovemyself777 18-21, F Mar 8

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    I hate my anxiety, for example, everyday, I sit in school everyday I'm stressing over stupid petty things, like each class I worry over having to work w people, because all my...
    SweetcakesJr SweetcakesJr 13-15, F Mar 17

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    Strange thought trying to understand why my anxiety vanished in 2011 could it have been the grief of losing a parent that consumed me was I so wrapped up in that feeling I didn't...
    xshilx xshilx 41-45, F 1 Response Mar 16

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    I know that not all of the bits and pieces of anxiety are there, which is why I'm doubtful. I can have a conversation with people online or offline and do well. My thoughts on me...
    Niran3 Niran3 22-25, M Mar 18

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    My youngest daughter came home from college this weekend and brought a new female friend with her to visit. I immediately became nervous and anxious at the thought of a stranger...
    rolywynne rolywynne 46-50, M 3 Responses Mar 8

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    I can't remember when it started but I know that as I grow older it is getting worse. Everyday I go throw the motions trying to keep my face in a calm smile, but inside I am...
    Cogsy Cogsy 16-17, F 3 Responses Mar 21

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    Even though I was a loner in middle school, it was never an issue till JrHigh. I didnt learn how to make like minded friends till highschool. Thankfully, by my junior/senior years...
    LivingToLearnLearningToLove LivingToLearnLearningToLove 22-25, M Mar 10

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    If you are suicidal, please get help if you can't find help within yourself. But, please, do not seek help from your teenage friends, especially if they struggle with their own...
    junipersun21 junipersun21 18-21, F Mar 12

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    Does anyone have anxiety so bad that they can't leave their house?
    TJPink TJPink 26-30, F 7 hrs ago