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I Overcame Severe Social Anxiety Disorder

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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 35 Responses Feb 12, 2009

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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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    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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    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 2 Responses 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 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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    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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    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 have always had to deal with this my whole life! It is a hard thing to deal with, but I'm getting through it! I've realized now that I am who I am and if someone doesn't like...
    jamystery jamystery 18-21, F Mar 22

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    I am sick of this social anxiety and social phobia. I am a shell of what I once was. I have always suffered from anxiety and depression but seemed to manage with the help of...
    GroundedButterfly81 GroundedButterfly81 31-35, F 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    basicly i suffer from a severe anxiety disorder. i tend to avoid people because iam so nervous and shake alot. i would like to know how i can stop these shakes i mean its really so...
    pinkglitteress pinkglitteress 22-25, F 18 hrs ago

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    I just turned 34, and I am seeking treatment for social anxiety, in earnest, for the first time in my life. It was pretty severe and is still at least moderate. I've made some...
    bewareofpity bewareofpity 31-35, M 2 Responses Apr 5

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    Social anxiety is from low self esteem and self shame. Tell me, have you ever seen someone who thought highly of themselves have social anxiety? I don't think so, I never have. Or...
    trippyprincess trippyprincess 13-15, F 1 Response Apr 1

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    So it's got to that time of night where I feel like a big ball of sadness yet again, it's day in day out...I'm getting tired of feeling like this constantly, I guess most of my...
    leahmusic96 leahmusic96 16-17, F 2 Responses Apr 11

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    Social anxiety basically anxiety induced people. People cause anxiety. Even my family causes me anxiety people I've known for years and years I don't understand it just live with...
    Slackergirl Slackergirl 31-35, F Mar 29

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    Let see this year makes it... 5 years now. It's been the most difficult path I could ever imagine. At first it was all a fear of me throwing up in public but now it's so much more...
    rayelizabeth rayelizabeth 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 20

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    I have social anxiety. From my experience social anxiety is shame related and this is what I learned so far: For example if your fat and your telling yourself every day that "I'm...
    ReliK ReliK 18-21, M 1 Response Mar 24

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    Having social anxiety is pretty much one of the worst feelings ever. It's horrible when you have to do presentations or talk to strangers. Mine is a bit extreme. I have issues...
    lovelyalchemy lovelyalchemy 16-17 Mar 25

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    I can't go to college, I can't work, I can't do anything anymore, I'm to anxiety to go outside. I spend all my days almost 2 years in front of books and on computer. I finished...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Mar 22

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    I am at a lost for words at the moment. For now I will Just say thank you for this place and the opportunity to speak freely without fear of extreme judgement. It is easier to...
    DuckyGirlHawaii DuckyGirlHawaii 18-21, F 7 Responses Mar 26

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    I have recently been diagnosed with social anxiety, and I tried to talk to my friends about it, but they think I'm "over reacting" or "faking it" and I'm scared to even talk to...
    daniemcw daniemcw 16-17, F 5 Responses Mar 28

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    I don't have many friends due to my small anxiety problem. The only friends I have are those who I have made 5 years ago. I really would like to talk more but I just can't...
    LoneWolf2001 LoneWolf2001 13-15, F 1 Response Mar 28

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    To those that have social anxiety, I want to remind you that you are not your anxiety. Do not let it define you. I know behind those irrational fears and involuntary impulses is a...
    athion64 athion64 18-21, M 4 Responses Apr 7

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    and depression and ocd. but, lately the social anxiety just gets worse and worse. i cant even keep a job because i cant stand that people see me. it makes me want to hide.. i get...
    lt623 lt623 22-25, F 2 Responses Mar 24

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    The only people I could ever befriend in high school up were other people with social anxiety or guys that wanted to use me. I can't make friends. People feel awkward around me. I...
    Nessybabi Nessybabi 18-21, F 3 Responses Mar 25

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    As long as I can remember... Social anxiety is a pain in the butt i always feel like I'm being watched when I'm outside also feel like everyone is staring at me not fun...
    babyface12345 babyface12345 22-25, F 2 Responses Mar 25

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    Also.. I have trouble watching TV and movies.. I think too much about it. Most people can watch TV and movies and not think about it.. It's just like being in another reality,, if...
    freeebird freeebird 18-21, F 9 Responses Mar 29

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    This has totally changed my life in everyway. I can't just easily talk, walk, think, etc. without over-analyzing it has seriously opened my eyes to all of the amazing things I...
    freeebird freeebird 18-21, F 4 Responses Apr 2

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    My public speaking is 0% I have social anxiety and am self conscious
    Maddya Maddya 18-21, F Apr 5

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    My public speaking is 0% I have social anxiety and am self conscious
    Maddya Maddya 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 5

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    Is there anyone else who deals with social anxiety/awkwardness I can talk with?
    DarkGoddesss DarkGoddesss 16-17, F 5 Responses Apr 6

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    How I view Social Anxiety ^^
    athion64 athion64 18-21, M Apr 7

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    I'm in nursing school, i've been required to go to these meetup groups once a week for the past 4 months. I never thought of this as a place for friendships to be made..but i...
    7Saren 7Saren 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 7

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    I wish I had a friend who I can too but making friends always been hard. Some try to talk to me but I choke up and run away. I feel like I would live off better in the woods then...
    KimberlyGarcia KimberlyGarcia 16-17, F Apr 9

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    I've always had this when I was little. I've had low self esteem since I was a child. It didn't help that my sister was emotionally abusive and my parents were generally dismissive...
    preeez preeez 18-21 3 Responses Apr 10

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    My friends are OFFICALLY sick of me talking about issues due to social anxiety. and now I feel like I'm completely alone. AGIAN!
    daniemcw daniemcw 16-17, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    Okay not extreme social anxiety... but I am honestly afraid to ask anyone to hangout with me. I get so nervous to ask people to do stuff. And it's starting to really bother me.
    Girlinthefloweredskirt Girlinthefloweredskirt 16-17, F 2 Responses 1 day ago

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    It's not too severe where I can't function, but I really dislike being the center of attention unless I'm very comfortable with the people I'm around. It's taken 4 years, but I'm...
    JesseJamesXIII JesseJamesXIII 31-35, M 10 hrs ago

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    And I'm bustin it square in the chops... Okay check it out social mizfitz... You're a wreck in the world some days right? People seem all frakked up around u and ud like some...
    SShawnO SShawnO 41-45, M Mar 24

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    Okay so I'm feeling really anxious. I'm so overwhelmed with anxiety, hopelessness and confusion. I have no friends and I have no idea how to make them. Also, idk when it's...
    freeebird freeebird 18-21, F 4 Responses Mar 29

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    Hope there are others that live with shyness and anxiety and can relate to this...nobody really understands people with shyness and anxiety
    shyguy07 shyguy07 26-30, M Mar 23

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    This is probably my worst problem. I want to be social so effing bad. My boyfriend is a social butterfly. He is THE social butterfly. He isn't scared to talk to anyone, he is so...
    Nessybabi Nessybabi 18-21, F 4 Responses Mar 23

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    living with my dad has worsened my anxiety by maybe 4 times as much. I can't do this. I really can't. I don't know what it is.
    aftersomeday aftersomeday 13-15, F Apr 6

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    When I feel over whelmed my anxiety takes over. I get scared... Shake and sometimes don't eat. Wishing things didn't make me feelings like a ticking time bomb but it is.
    Sam151 Sam151 18-21, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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    Today my anxiety is very bad and I'm only sitting in my own house how dumb is that I'm sweating buckets just watching TV and On my laptop :(
    pardz pardz 22-25, M 1 day ago

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    It may not be as bad as others, but social situations scare the crap out of me. I hate being around a lot of people, but I'll tolerate it if needed. I just don't like big groups of...
    AjLeePunk AjLeePunk 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 20

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    I would rather socialize online than in person,