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I Overcame Severe Social Anxiety Disorder

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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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Related Experiences

    I have social anxiety since I was a teenager and I came to know that I have that disorder only at the age of 26. So, that disorder made me pretty much friendless and now I want to...
    cdef12 cdef12 31-35, F 4 Responses Nov 2

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    So yeah, I have social anxiety. It began way back a year and a half ago, where I started to realise that if I was on my own around a large group of people, I would begin to start...
    GamerGrimace21 GamerGrimace21 22-25, M 1 Response Nov 1

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    I have Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Only feel comfortable around people I know well. Brand new settings and new people don't go well with me.
    SentimentalMood SentimentalMood 36-40, F 6 Responses a week ago

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    Other people don't get it. They don't understand that it just isn't that easy. They don't understand why I don't like to go to crowded places or why I avoid social situations. They...
    Jessica4729 Jessica4729 13-15, F 2 Responses Oct 31

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    I mostly stick to myself because going out and trying to be social, well, always ends badly. I have social anxiety. I hate it but live with it. I freak out when I meet people. I...
    southerngirl15 southerngirl15 16-17, F 2 Responses Nov 2

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    I'm up to week 6 of a 12 week social anxiety course. Each session is 2 hours. I am noticing some improvements already. But I wouldn't recommend doing this kind of therapy until you...
    lisadee87 lisadee87 26-30, F 1 Response Nov 2

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    I feel like every year my SA gets a little bit worse than the previous year. Right now i feel like i have hit rock bottom. I can't start or maintain a conversation, I can make any...
    snowtwhite snowtwhite 22-25 2 Responses Nov 10

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    I'm afraid of talking to other people and answering/making phone calls but my job requires that a lot. It's only been a week since I started my job and I cry each day. Whenever I...
    rabblemagic rabblemagic 18-21, F 4 Responses Oct 25

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    Hearing people laugh near you. Not talking because you're afraid that what you say will be judged. Keeping quiet in a conversation with three people. Not being able to go anywhere...
    JustSomeTeenagerr JustSomeTeenagerr 13-15, F 7 Responses Oct 26

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    I have really bad Social Anxiety. Once i was in class and my teacher told me to present infront of the class and i started shaking and I had a metal break down and fainted..
    Melissa072302 Melissa072302 13-15, F 9 Responses Oct 28

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    Its so bad, my social anxiety is crippling me.
    15ShadesOfBlue 15ShadesOfBlue 13-15, F 1 Response Nov 3

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    ive struggled with social anxiety for a while now.I rarely leave my house or interact with people because if I do I know ill break down even though I really want to.I feel so...
    inthisdayinage inthisdayinage 26-30, M 2 Responses Nov 3

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    I realized that I had social anxiety my freshman year of highschool. I've struggled with it for a long time and I still do. I am now 17, junior, and the more I think about my...
    AcousticSoul17 AcousticSoul17 16-17, F 1 Response Nov 5

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    I've had social anxiety for almost as long as I can remember. It's exhausting going through the day always trying to be on, trying to feign normalcy. And it never seems like enough...
    wovenlife wovenlife 31-35, F 5 Responses Nov 6

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    i am 27. guy from india. social anxiety is hitting me very hard these days. i've told my parents what i've been going through lately. but i guess they dont seem to understand. they...
    maubunt maubunt 26-30, M 3 Responses Nov 8

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    I have social anxiety! And it has increased over the years. I have always been uncomfortable in gatherings but did not know until last week that this is what it was. I could not...
    LaraLuulu LaraLuulu 26-30, F 10 Responses Nov 10

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    I don't understand why people with social anxiety have to present stuff in class
    s31fharm3r s31fharm3r 13-15, F 12 Responses Nov 11

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    I've had social anxiety for as long as I can remember. Its the worst when I have to talk to someone I don't know or I have to confront someone I'm close to about something, whether...
    kassilikescookies kassilikescookies 13-15, F Nov 12

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    I have major social anxiety and its hell!
    SuicideMascara SuicideMascara 18-21, F 5 days ago

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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 2 Responses 1 day ago

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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 12 hrs ago

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    I don't think I fall under the clinical disorder, but I find it very difficult to reintegrate back in to socializing after I've been isolated for a while. This happens a lot when I...
    starasong starasong 22-25, F a week ago

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    I was diagnosed with anxiety and panic disorder when I was 13. I recently went off to college where my anxiety spiraled out of control. I no longer can go to any new places without...
    oliveyou123 oliveyou123 18-21, F Nov 1

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    Recently my anxiety has got a lot worse and I've struggled with all social relationships. Previously I struggled with new social situations but recently when I see people I've...
    b752u b752u 22-25, F 3 Responses Oct 26

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    And driving anxiety. Not to mention when the lights Go out. I'm all alone. I have anxiety of being alone. I have anxiety.
    Sierrasmith Sierrasmith 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 4

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    I'm having an anxiety attack right now because I have to clean the kitchen. Imagine your kitchen and then imagine the dirtiest its ever been times ten but added to dead insects...
    TheBellaBubbles TheBellaBubbles 16-17, F 1 Response Nov 5

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    I HATE HATE HATE this. It gets so bad at night regardless of how my day went.. Bad or good my anxiety at night is overwhelming and I can't deal anymore. I can't sleep!
    anxietygirl101 anxietygirl101 18-21, F 3 Responses Nov 7

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    I have realized the more I pretend to be ok, never really resolving my issues, never talking things out, stressing and crying when no one is looking no longer just affects me...
    Shygirl917 Shygirl917 18-21, F Nov 11

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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 5 days ago

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    It is easy to feel down and alone when you realize that no one (maybe not even you) really knows you, they only know the version of you that has gone through the anxiety filter...
    Friability Friability 18-21 Oct 25

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    My ex broke up with me 4 months ago and I think I will be alone for ever, I can't date, I don't know what to do. I tried online dating and I like it because I find I can chat...
    Asguard Asguard 31-35, M 2 Responses Oct 25

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    I am going through depression right now, and it's affecting everything in my life. From my appetite, to my social life-everything. And the reason for this is: Acne. I had no...
    carolina37 carolina37 16-17, F 1 Response Oct 26

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