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I Overcame Severe Social Anxiety Disorder

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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 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 38 Responses Feb 12, 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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    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 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 Mar 18, 2013

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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 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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    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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    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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    I've had severe social anxiety since I was about ten or eleven (so about five years now) and it just keeps getting worse. I can barely leave my house without feeling like I'm...
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    My boyfriend thought this would be a good idea but I fear I'll just be a voice lost among many here. I don't know that I have social anxiety. I haven't seen a doctor. And I don...
    PrivateB PrivateB 18-21, F 3 Responses Jun 30

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    Hi, I am 13 (my birthdays in the summer) I am going into highschool this coming school year. I have been diagnose with social anxiety for a really long time but it start truly...
    katieerika katieerika 13-15, F 1 Response Jun 28

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    Today is July 4th..another holiday spent alone. i spend all holidays alone. people have stopped inviting me over because i always make up an excuse to not go. i get so anxious and...
    welcome2myworld welcome2myworld 41-45, F 5 Responses Jul 4

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    My social anxiety has gotten worse. I get horrible panic attacks and sometimes I become angry ( not entirely sure why angry but it happens...) I can't even go outside without...
    CaliforniaPsycho CaliforniaPsycho 18-21, F Jul 7

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    A message to all parents. Hi. I haven't been diagnosed, not yet but I'm pretty sure I've had it for nearly 4 years now. In the recent years though, my situation has significantly...
    mayhems mayhems 36-40 1 Response Jul 17

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    I certainly have social anxiety but not to the point that I cannot function socially at all. But each time that I go into a social situation, I do need to mentally prepare myself...
    NerdyGirl78 NerdyGirl78 36-40, F 4 Responses 18 hrs ago

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    Social Anxiety: Who else experiences this: -When you leave the house to go to work and come in contact with a stranger you automatically think what he is thinking about you - is...
    theworldasitis theworldasitis 26-30, M 3 Responses Jul 6

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    To those that have Social Anxiety and feel trapped, here is a message that I sent to one of my friends on here. I want you guys to read it: "Hey!, Thank you. I used to be a gamer...
    athion64 athion64 18-21, M 1 Response Jul 14

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    I have really bad social anxiety. I was at the food store the other day and my friend had to go grab something so I was left alone with the cashier. Then the cashier started...
    PrincessAphrodite PrincessAphrodite 13-15, F 2 Responses Jul 17

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    This weekend I have been visiting my grandfather on he fathers side. And of course that meant multiple visits from my dad's cousins and other people I have never met. Add to that...
    Skywalker1979 Skywalker1979 31-35, M 1 Response 2 days ago

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    Took the test. Got the diagnosis. I have social anxiety. I am in therapy one or two hours each week. It helps to talk, but I have a tight family who simply can't stop having social...
    Skywalker1979 Skywalker1979 31-35, M 4 Responses Jul 19

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    I have been diagnosed with clinical depression from the age of 15. I guess what got me started was the constant bullying I endured through my school years. At the age of 14, I...
    Gemz2411 Gemz2411 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 10

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    I have Generalized anxiety disorder for over 15 years. It took many years out of my life and paralyzed my ability to have a job or normal life. I tried all the medications they...
    support4life support4life 31-35, M 2 Responses Jul 16

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    Once upon a time my social anxiety was so bad that I couldn't ask the time, couldn't order a pizza... I still have a little problem making phone calls... I had panic attacks at...
    Drechavo Drechavo 26-30, F 2 Responses Jun 28

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    I've always been an introvert. A regular introvert isn't necessarily shy or lacks social skills, but I eventually grew to be a little more than that. Now I am not only an...
    EmIntrovert EmIntrovert 16-17, F 6 Responses Jun 29

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    I have only just really discovered this, I always thought I was just extremely shy but I have looked over the symptoms of it and I'm pretty sure I have social anxiety, I have panic...
    JustJess97 JustJess97 16-17, F 3 Responses Jul 4

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    I've had it throughout all of secondary school and up until the start of my second year in college. It's not even been that "look at me I'm socially awkward but cute" kinda thing...
    littlelionlady littlelionlady 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 6

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    So it's my bestie bday on Thrusday so we are having a girls night(I'm assuming bar/clubs) on Friday with a few of us from school. I'm kind of feeling anxious. I know a lot of...
    muffinpowers muffinpowers 22-25, F 3 Responses Jul 8

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    Do you know exactly when you realized you had social anxiety? For me I couldn't say, it just sort of happened and then proceeded to get worse over the years. I can pin point my age...
    silentlily13 silentlily13 22-25, F 5 Responses Jul 10

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    I have debilitating social anxiety. I am 29 and have had this problem ever since i could remember. It got worse during high school. I would not be able to eat during lunch over the...
    rangelb85 rangelb85 26-30, M 9 Responses Jul 17

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    I am really happy, today is 4th of July and I am walking a parade, for a political campaign. (My mom has been a campaign manager for several campaigns over the years so were...
    katieerika katieerika 13-15, F 1 Response Jul 4

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    I started college last week. I enjoy class but everything else is so hard. It is an accomplishment just to get to the dining hall for a meal. I feel awkward around my roommate and...
    Babaghanouj Babaghanouj 22-25, F 1 Response Jul 5

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    I seriously cannot stand the way I look. I am so darkskinned. Im manly looking because im tall. And Im so skinny. My face is also not beautiful. I have nrvef had a boyfriend and I...
    horridlife horridlife 18-21, F 9 Responses Jul 12

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    Um who else hates/hated Socratic seminars.. My English teacher never called on me to speak in front of the class and I never even told him I had social anxiety.. I assume he just...
    Niqua0507 Niqua0507 16-17, F 1 Response Jul 16

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    Anybody have any tips or advice to overcome social anxiety? I have a hard time communicating so I can't make any friends. Or if I do, I feel super uncomfortable and boring.
    Maq98 Maq98 16-17, F 5 Responses Jul 18

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    i have social anxiety and it hurts me so much. it hasn't gone to the point that i can't even come up to somebody and speak to them, but every time i talk to someone or dress...
    meowshelbs meowshelbs 16-17, F 3 Responses 5 days ago

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    As you can probably guess from the title. I suffer from social anxiety. For years now SA has ruled my life, dictating where I go, who I speak to and what I do; but now, and I...
    SubjectiveXPerfection SubjectiveXPerfection 16-17, F 1 day ago

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    Sometimes it's hard to remember that I used to be comfortable around people as a kid. Since I was 9 or 10 years old I've had trouble going to school. At first I had no idea why. My...
    Nakuki Nakuki 22-25 2 Responses Jul 13

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    I havent been diagnosed yet but Im pretty sure I have it. Doctors say I have disorder. It sucks. I started feeling this way almost at the end of my first year in college. I had a...
    flight12 flight12 18-21, M 3 Responses 3 days ago

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    I have Borderline Personality Disorder and OCPD, which means I'm super anxious. I find, as time goes on, that my anxiety grows. A few months ago, I moved in with a boyfriend...
    DanicaER DanicaER 36-40, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    Ehhhhh. I guess I do have it...Just a bit? Hehehe. I am an introvert. I have no problem with making friends and talking to people...But there are dome issues I have seen. I have...
    Wewerethereinthattime Wewerethereinthattime 18-21, F 4 Responses Jul 7

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