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Old 06-19-2008  
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I feel that i am a burden to everyone so i feel very uncomfortable and somewhat guilty.
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Old 06-19-2008  
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I think social phobics are probably the most misunderstood people on the planet!
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Old 06-19-2008  
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I feel like my family doesn't really quite know me that well deep down. I also feel like my anxiety causes me to put on a fake persona when i'm around them. So it's more my fault and not theirs.

My older brother has been a huge influence to my SA though in the past years. I never really knew him growing up, then he just sort of appeared out of nowhere when I was 18 and acted very intimidating, phonie and decieving towards me. He recently found out about my SA and has thrown a couple venomous comments at me about being a hermit or whatever. But it really doesn't bother me much coming from someone I hardly know or care about, to be quite honest.

The best thing I ever did was move out and live on my own. I love it, and I'll never go back.
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Old 06-20-2008  
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I am an only child, and I feel the MOST socially phobic whenever my parents are around. This causes me to be very secretive. I barely tell them anything about my life.

Maybe I have good reasons to be secretive, maybe it's all in my head, I don't know. I just know that there are very few people in my family that I can fully trust, and I hardly ever see those people.
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I know what you mean. I wouldn't say I'm necessarily shy around my immediate family, but I'm usually not incredibly talkative. I live out of state from any of my family. I usually only talk to my parents about once a week for 10 to 20 minutes. Other than work there just isn't a whole lot going on in my life to talk about. Most of the conversation is just me asking them what they have been up to. I don't even talk to my older sisters once a month. I love my family and I wish I could be more talkative. I almost feel like it's too late now though. When I come home to visit it's usually a lot better in person though.

I almost never talk to any other family members outside of my immediate family. I used to talk to my grand parents on the phone every once in awhile, but they have passed away.
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I can talk with my mother about anything except my SA, but with my father i am like a 5 year old child, only answering yes or no, having this strange voice like a baby. I guess its because he got this personality i cant get along with and he always tries to make me feel bad and joke about me. I got a lot of anger in me because of that that. But I know he doesnt mean it like that and if he knew how much it hurts me he wouldnt do it I guess. But its strange he doesnt realize its hurting me my mother always tells him to stop when he goes to far. I guess he is like that because he got his own issues and just wants to feel good about himself and doesnt care about other peoples feelings.

My brother is another problem, he is a real bitch, when my SA wasnt so bad and i had friends he always made me feel like shit around my friends, everyone was makin fun of me because I couldnt do anything about it. I cant believe I got a brother like that.

I guess thats why i got SA now. Bad people around me
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I can't function around my family. I couldn't bring myself to say "Happy Mother's Day" so my mom thinks I hate her. Couldn't be further from the truth. She's the only person who tries to understand me, but she does a bad job of it because she doesn't know how serious of a problem SA is. I can't just tell her to let me see a doctor because she'll try to convince me there's nothing wrong... again.
With my family in general, I don't look at them when they talk to me, so everybody thinks I'm being rude. I don't talk to them unless I have something funny to say or they ask me a question. I always feel better on days when they just leave me alone.

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