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I have moderate social anxiety.

Just a little bit about my condition:

- Walking in public challenges me
- I suffer existential crises weekly
- I have a tendency toward depression
- Dislike talking on the phone and prefer text; don't get me started on Skype
- Asking random strangers for help bothers me
- I get nervous around certain friends or certain types of people, those who I see clearly have self-confidence
- Particularly dislike silences; they feel awkward to me
- I constantly worry about offending people, or saying the wrong thing
- Constantly worry about being exposed as a moron, a failure, or a fake
- Very often feel that people don't like me
- If I make a good impression, I practice "avoidance" for fear of wrecking that impression
- I can be very amiable and funny if I'm not nervous or anxious, and I'm enthused about a situation
- I enjoy solitude mostly
- My social skills seem to come and go with the days
- I feel that my anxiety stems from a deep-seeded inferiority complex, the subtleties of which I won't get into here
- I was a part of another social anxiety forum years back and haven't had an outlet to express my woes since. My anxiety has gotten worse recently, so I made my way here

Otherwise:

I like video games, movies, music, art, literature, science and tech, nature, exercise, and martial arts.

Nice to meet y'all!

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Nice to meet you. I like all of the things you mentioned except for martial arts too.
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Hi Hot_Tamale! Thanks for the greetings.
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Greetings

I can relate to most of the things listed, especially
- If I make a good impression, I practice "avoidance" for fear of wrecking that impression
- I can be very amiable and funny if I'm not nervous or anxious, and I'm enthused about a situation

Seems like typical SA traits. Very good with some people/situations, but "horrible" with others, which makes for a very confusing ride in life.
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Hi!

I hate SA, but who doesn't right? At least we live in a time where places like this exist that allow us to vent about it. I agree, it can be incredibly confusing.
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Hello Miserum,

Welcome to SPW, I used to have most of these, add stuttering to that.
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Hi Jungle!

Glad you got over your phobias. I tend to stutter, but only during the most inopportune times.
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