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I Overcame Severe Social Anxiety Disorder

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    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 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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    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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    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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    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 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 Nov 15

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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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    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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    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 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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    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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    Related Experiences

    I fear I have social anxiety disorder it would explain a lot about my behaviour..I keep myself distanced from friends and they moan at me for not being friends to them and I don't...
    Mustangkid2020 Mustangkid2020 26-30, M 2 days ago

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    I told my mum about my social anxiety. I'm not going to school, school is a place full of judgemental *** holes and so is this stupid house ._. I hate home more than I hate school...
    0Worthless0 0Worthless0 13-15, F 2 Responses Nov 25

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    I HAD social anxiety. I'm somewhat antisocial (Not in the literal sense. I meant in the very very introverted sense) and I can be somewhat socially awkward. But I no longer feel...
    topsykrit topsykrit 18-21, F 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    I hate people. its better to be alone. chat online. people expect to much from you. I like it this way. I'm grateful for my social anxiety. people should stop messaging me saying...
    tobethin666 tobethin666 18-21, F 10 Responses Dec 3

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    I have major social anxiety and its hell!
    SuicideMascara SuicideMascara 18-21, F Nov 18

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    Short poem I wrote recently.. Thumb war with social anxiety. My open palms trustingly push the dust ridden, french shutters from ajar to open. Tantalizing gusts of winter...
    LegitimateRabbit LegitimateRabbit 18-21, M 3 Responses Nov 22

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    I feel like nobody else understands how I feel, my social anxiety has gotten so bad that I can't even be around my family... My mom just calls me disrespectful because I always...
    Bflyboo14 Bflyboo14 13-15, F 6 Responses Nov 25

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    I had social anxiety until I took shrooms
    MooreVandervale MooreVandervale 18-21, M 1 Response Dec 3

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    Having social anxiety really sucks iv had it my hole life and still fighting it everyday I'm on meds they don't help I always got to change them it's hard to get a job cuz u can't...
    vicky170 vicky170 16-17, F 1 Response Dec 3

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    I have had social anxiety for awhile now, but it hasn't been too bad until lately. I'm usually a straight A student in school but now I can hardly concentrate there's so many...
    LopsidedLollipop LopsidedLollipop 13-15, F 1 Response Dec 3

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    I have social anxiety and I'm going to live on my own for the 1st time.I lived with my mom my whole life and now she's moving with her boyfriend and is telling me that I'm going to...
    isaiahZ isaiahZ 18-21, M 1 Response Dec 4

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    Volunteering helped with my social anxiety :)
    Paleandpolluted86 Paleandpolluted86 26-30, F Dec 4

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    There are reasons why I have social anxiety, and I know that for part of it, it's all just in my head and me worrying... But there are times when you're disproven by people and...
    Redbeard74 Redbeard74 18-21, M 1 Response Dec 7

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    I'm 19 suffering from social anxiety,I currently work and it has gotten better , but it's still there.I am looking for people to talk to,maybe be friends ? I get pretty lonely. If...
    zeak18 zeak18 18-21 4 Responses Dec 9

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    How have you handle your social anxiety, if at all? Do you feel the fear and do it anyway? Or do you avoid these situations altogether? Like everyone, I've been in very...
    WearOutKyd WearOutKyd 26-30, M 6 Responses 6 days ago

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    Social Anxiety... It has taken over my life, happiness, and me. To the point I've isolated myself from the world. I'm so confused with my life. I hate not being able to open up to...
    cvtz cvtz 18-21, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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    My life has been a recurring circle of high point after downfall after high point after downfall. All coming back to (at least so I think) my anxiety. Things start getting great...
    SweetSerendipity14 SweetSerendipity14 22-25, F 3 days ago

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    When I'm feeling socially anxious, which isn't too often, I feel it's often in response to some perceived threat or competition. I'm not sure about anyone else, but I often find...
    mrdane415 mrdane415 26-30, M 1 Response Nov 18

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    Suffered from IBS for as long as I can remember. Have memories of having a stomach ache after every lunch in the first and second grade. Growing up it was mostly IBS attacks...
    K14A07M K14A07M 22-25, F Dec 2

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    So today there was his guy at work and he was so loud and distracting and upsetting that he ended up setting off my anxiety and I messed up really badly. I didn't mean to mess up...
    luna1912 luna1912 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 3

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    It's so bad that I never take my sunglasses off cuz I can't look in peoples eyes when they are talking to me creeps me out and It hids my face I hid behind them I get strange look...
    vicky170 vicky170 16-17, F Dec 3

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    It's getting worse to the point where I am avoiding leaving the house because it is difficult to function normally around people. Soon as I am out in public I am on edge, even when...
    SubcultureSellout SubcultureSellout 18-21, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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    I start to get tunnel vision. My ears start burning. My face gets really hot. The world seems to drop away and I feel like my whole body is floating. Couldn't even walk properly. I...
    bedroomthief bedroomthief 22-25, M 1 Response Nov 19

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    It takes so much energy to be social. I get so nervous even when I have to pick a place to sit in a crowded area. I can only last for so long before I want to be by myself.
    Wsmith3 Wsmith3 22-25, M 1 Response Nov 19

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    Hi,i'm new to here.what happend to me completely changed me and my life.and never can be the same.i think i have to accept that reality,but it's still hard to deal with it..in my...
    juryandrews juryandrews 31-35, F 9 Responses Nov 20

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    If I could change my mind I'd do it in a heartbeat. Locked up in a cage till I come home, my comments never reach the finishing dot. My heads filled with anxiety, all because of...
    RianneK RianneK 16-17, F Nov 22

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    It's hard for me to look into people's eyes for long periods of time, and it's even sometimes hard to say things online. On here, I feel better, but I still get really shy. I'm...
    RhinosaurusRex RhinosaurusRex 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 22

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    Sometimes I don't want to go outside...I dont even want to talk to my mom nor anyone....Just be all alone. It freacks me out thinking about going outside, buying something at...
    Wewerethereinthattime Wewerethereinthattime 18-21, F 3 Responses Nov 23

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    I have now missed three weeks straight of school. I have missed so much. My science projects needs to be started and done, and tests and exams are soon. Facing all those people...
    maiomeN maiomeN 16-17, F 2 Responses Nov 24

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    I'm curious how I look like when socializing
    MooreVandervale MooreVandervale 18-21, M Dec 3

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    This is the first post I've made but, I have really bad anxiety and I've been out of school for almost a week because of it. I need someone to talk to, anyone. Online is so much...
    thisismyusername01 thisismyusername01 16-17 6 Responses Dec 3

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    The feeling when you are already broken but trying then anxiety descends.. As though your heart has become lead, it's pace ever increasing and it's surrounding made small. Every...
    shadowweep shadowweep 31-35, M Dec 3

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