I Am a Shut-in

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 373 People

    I feel like there's no point to my life.

    My life has been crap for 4 years, longer, but noticeably downhill for 4. It doesnt seem to get any better. I'm moving home for 6 months to pay off a credit card where I will likely be more of a shut-in. I currently only go out for groceries and have major social anxieties. I'm...
    benslost benslost
    41-45, M
    2 Responses Feb 22, 2015

    Terrified To Leave The House

    i have been inside the house for nearly two years and now i have to go and get a job i have no income coming in so i really have to get out i have my lisince but havent driven for nearly 2 yrs i am so terrified of driving and unfimiliar surroundings and people that...
    taurus71 taurus71
    36-40, F
    2 Responses Feb 28, 2010

    Where Am I

    In my apartment, I get stuff delivered sometimes. The shop is within walking distance but I don't really talk to anyone. I have two cats. I work from home. Sometimes I have no feeling for others. I skype with my parents and brother who live far away. I am married though and my...
    cathead72 cathead72
    4 Responses Dec 3, 2010

    In the Truest Meaning of the Word.

    I haven't been out in society in over a month, before that it was close to 6 years. I get my groceries, meds, and anything else I may need delivered. I have 4 people in my life at this point and none of them have any true relationship to me, well my therapist does.... kinda. It...
    Sylverwynd Sylverwynd
    31-35, F
    10 Responses Apr 7, 2008

    Im Boring

    i used to spend everyday at the skatepark where i had a lot of aquitances i thought were friends. but now that i can no longer partake in skateboarding I (body got old) I have not seen those people since. i now find myself doing nothing all day but surfing the net. im not a good...
    dogbuttcat dogbuttcat
    1 Response May 12, 2013

    Not Sure Where I'm Going With My Life

    I'm not really sure where to start with this, the only reason I'm writing this is because I want to get it off my chest I suppose. Though perhaps not a complete shut-in, I can safely say if it weren't for my family chances are highly likely I would hardly ever see sunlight.It's...
    QuestionableExistance QuestionableExistance
    18-21, M
    4 Responses Aug 20, 2012

    Trying To Reach Out But Misunderstood

    Im a 29 your old single mom of one son (11) and a poodle. Almost 2 years ago I decided I wanted to live a life with little to no drama so slowly I started cutting people out of my life that I felt were inviting it in not because of one or two or even three situations but just by...
    ufcgurl34480 ufcgurl34480
    31-35, F
    2 Responses Mar 11, 2013

    My name is Daniel, I am 24 years old.

    I grew up living with my grandparents in the Florida Keys before moving to rural Indiana around 10 years old, I've never met my father, and my Mother, bless her heart, is a wreck half the time, having taken many year's worth of abuse from her various boyfriends and years worth...
    Heretekdan Heretekdan
    26-30, M
    1 Response Apr 23, 2014

    I Have Become A Recluse And Am Having Trouble Connecting With People.

    Hello, I'm a 26 year old college student. I've always been a little bit of a loner but 4 years ago I had a few friends and a job. Life was pretty good.Today I'm unemployed, and have an apartment on my parents property to live in. My day consists of going to school then coming...
    Fastrin Fastrin
    26-30, M
    2 Responses Sep 16, 2011

    Today was painful I thought too much about

    every action of each individual while on the bus. I don't even know what else to say, but it psychically made me sick. I just want to stay inside. I don't want anyone to bother me. I'm fine talking to you all through here because its just words on a screen. You don't see the...
    burrowbunni burrowbunni
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Mar 5, 2014

    Yup. When I was a kid i had a bad experience

    with fellow kids. Never had a close friend my whole life. Today it's snowing like crazy so I have an excuse to stay inside but if I'm going to fulfill my goals I'll need to get out more.
    Raptorpsychologist Raptorpsychologist
    22-25, M
    Feb 5, 2014

    I never know what to write,

    so I guess I'll just start with that. I have a tendency to overthink and have been dealing with depression for quite sometime. My life is pretty complicated, I got an arranged marriage when I was in my early 20s and I have a child. Communication is unbearable and the fact that...
    invisiblemask invisiblemask
    26-30, M
    Feb 21, 2014

    I once felt my intuition would lead me to my

    dreams. I once felt the noble goal of understanding my self would entail a positive existence. I once felt an awareness of how my mind shapes my reality would guarantee success. I have not experienced my dreams. My existence is not positive. I no longer feel I am on a path...
    novalucas novalucas
    31-35, M
    1 Response Mar 2, 2014

    Everyday I sit inside.

    There's nothing for me outside, in my lonely city. Each day life feels a little more empty. I've always wanted a few friends who really got me, who were similar to me and who I would truly get along with. Someone that actually wants to be my friend, someone I could be around...
    Syflan Syflan
    22-25, M
    1 Response Aug 14, 2015

    I am physically disabled with a lot of physical

    problems so most of the time when I am online I am supporting other ladies with physical problems in a chat room with lots of clean humor. Humor doesn't take away my problems but gives a bit of relief and I will take whatever relief I can get LOL If you are a lone having caring...
    ChattyMe ChattyMe
    61-65, F
    5 Responses Oct 23, 2015

    I Feel Like Im Going Crazy From My Agoriphobia But Cant Overcome My Social Anxiety.

    I have been basicly cut off from the rest of the world for the most part of 16 months,i hate doing the same things day in and day out and i hate the fact that i have become a shut in,ive always been introverted but this is rediculous...I would like to get out and enjoy life and...
    sizzahands86 sizzahands86
    26-30, M
    3 Responses Jun 13, 2012

    Shut In

    I used to get invited to a lot of parties, until people realized I would never show up. I'm quiet and shy, but I do my best to be very polite. I'm too quiet though, sometimes too polite. People often can't hear me. In the past I've had room mates on trips think I was asleep and...
    AwkwardLady AwkwardLady
    2 Responses Aug 25, 2012

    Collapsing in on my self,

    I watch as the world slowly crawls by. hour after hour, my mind is either silent, or its screaming at me to fix what's happened. I wish I had the answer, but maybe that's why. There are just to many questions.
    LexiTroll LexiTroll
    70+, F
    2 Responses Mar 2, 2015

    I wouldn't necessarily call myself a shut-in.

    I'm more of a neet I guess. The longest I've spent shut in my room was about a year, probably the year that I completely lost my mind. The thing with me is that I haven't been able to find any stability in my life, these past 4 years I haven't been able to keep a job or a...
    Enzanx Enzanx
    22-25, M
    Aug 21, 2014

    To all the people who suffer

    for a wide and varied degree of reasons, there will always be those whose only response, is to inflict criticism, and cruelties. One can say this is tough love but the other side has always been to create a clear division in the pecking order by putting somebody lower then...
    LexiTroll LexiTroll
    70+, F
    1 Response Mar 7, 2015

    One of my favorite things to do is sit in my

    room with my head down, eyes closed, and music in my ears. I try so hard to forget who I am for just a moment so I can feel the blissful weightlessness of amorphous existence. For a substantial amount of time, I missed out on experiencing that for myself. Now that I can return...
    MarimbaJake MarimbaJake
    18-21, M
    Dec 20, 2014

    New Shut-In

    I'm a new shut in. Just recently diagnosed with schizo affective and bi-polar II. Currently waiting for doctor to fill out disability forms, and anxious and uncertain about life. Now that I'm diagnosed it fits with problems I've had throughout my life. There's very few people I...
    benslost benslost
    41-45, M
    1 Response May 6, 2013

    Sophi's Choice

    Home is my sanctuary. My day dreams are spent on visions of my dream home. It is not a mansion or luxurious, but it has all the conveniences I want, and it is laid out and decorated the way I want it to be. It has quaint garden areas and patios surrounding it, and it is close...
    Sophora Sophora
    May 14, 2012

    Often I can't sleep for days,

    and everything seems so far away. I wonder when and if I will wither away, close my eyes fall asleep and say goodbye. I dream of being free of my self inflicted prison.
    LexiTroll LexiTroll
    70+, F
    1 Response Mar 1, 2015

    I dont know why but i always shut myself in my

    room and close the door not leaving it i guess with the situation my family is in its more comfy up here my dad left us on new years day thats when this got worse i don't know why i did it before that though...
    otakugamerwolf otakugamerwolf
    16-17, F
    2 Responses Jun 1, 2014

    Need to Find People Who Understand Me.

    I am a shut-in by choice. I am very disappointed in my choice of being one. I know that there are people who have no choice in being one because of medical reasons and I understand how they wish they could break out of their world of solitude and can't or it's too difficult. I...
    Carlos0418 Carlos0418
    31-35, M
    5 Responses May 30, 2009

    My husband is actually a shut in.

    I'm not so much, I like staying at home instead of vacationing, but I would rather work out of the home and have a social circle. This is his story. He was born to a mom and dad, Mom was always bubbly and dad was a fun loving individual. Mom got a stay at home job so she could...
    sharkrocket sharkrocket
    26-30, F
    Jan 26, 2016


    I've felt at times that I'm becoming a solitary people-fearing pale slug of a humanoid, but then I remember how much I like talking to people, despite how terrifying it is. I like people, I like going places, but I just don't like where I am, and have no money! I make a...
    Geza Geza
    26-30, M
    1 Response Dec 1, 2007

    I'm 19, and a shut in.

    It started during sophomore year of high school, when I dropped out and started taking classes online because I was too depressed and anxious and tired to get out of bed and trudge through my small town school anymore, where everybody knew everybody and where gossip was as...
    batterbeetle batterbeetle
    2 Responses May 2, 2014

    How Did This Begin?

    All my life I have felt just a little off. Afraid of not being accepted. Afraid of being left alone. Afraid of gaining weight, getting sick, bad relationships. I think what you dwell on you become. Besides the fact that I have been very blessed. I have become a shut-in. I would...
    sherrydf sherrydf
    56-60, F
    4 Responses Nov 7, 2013

    I Live In One Constan Day

    Hello I'm Daniel I'm 23. My story starts at the age of 7. I was never like the other kids i'd rather play by myself it wasn't the fact i was scared of the kids they did not just interest me. So i stayed mostly to myself through out school. I have met a few people who became my...
    DanielGolden DanielGolden
    26-30, M
    Jul 19, 2013

    can drive but afraid.

    leave my home 1 day aweek for 3hours. this started 14 years ago when my son was killed. it came on slow. theres more to my story. i could wright a book. just clean what i have too. no roaches
    danae1 danae1
    61-65, F
    1 Response May 15, 2014


    Hi, my name is Patricia. But people call me Trish. I have become a shut in. I am to the point now I don't even want to leave my bedroom. I ended up in Florida in 1999. I was recovering from a very bad car accident. I found work and slowly got on my feet. I was a rocky bad road to...
    Trisha67 Trisha67
    46-50, F
    1 Response Sep 25, 2013

    I Just Prefer To Be Alone

    I rarely feel lonely I have the telephone to speak to my closest friends: a small circle of women that I have known a very, very long time and who I know don't judge me or put prefer on me to leave my flat I also speak to my Mum and Oldest Sister on the phone but these...
    TenaciousT TenaciousT
    1 Response Oct 15, 2012

    My name is Phillip. Ever

    since high school ended I've become a shut in. I guess around the end of high school I began to veer away from the world and into the world of gaming and internet maybe a year or two before. I don't haven't talked to any old classmates since graduation, none were even close...
    ThatOneGuyInThere ThatOneGuyInThere
    22-25, M
    1 Response Jan 2, 2015

    The Shut In

    its true i can be a bit of a shut in.i should go out more but i have no interests in places like bars but i do like eating out.its always good to lock the front door & feel secure in my safe happy place that is home
    clayantony clayantony
    41-45, M
    2 Responses Sep 29, 2013

    I Have Been For A Long Time.

    I am 55 and I am shut in . Can not walk to well and get out . And get tired. Have mental illness. And noise is to bad for me. So I come home and have to rest for the rest of the day. And then I have care giver . And 2 lady for companion so I won't get lonely. And then feel...
    bronica bronica
    51-55, F
    1 Response May 12, 2013

    How I Became A Shut-In And Where I Am Now

    When i was 17 i dropped out of high school and cut off all social ties (threw away phone, deleted facebook). During the glory days of elementary and middle school i used to have a group of close friends but when i entered high school things changed. My first year of highschool...
    gettingstuffoffmychestiguess gettingstuffoffmychestiguess
    1 Response Jun 25, 2013

    In The World At Home

    This is new and I never thought I would actually tell anyone. I hope that I am not making a mistake. 14 years ago I found out about my first time through cancer. After radiation, chemo and 7 surgeries later, including full hysterectomy, I was back on my feet. I fought hard...
    Kaywhy01 Kaywhy01
    41-45, F
    2 Responses Jun 3, 2012

    My Name is Uriah, I recently moved to Shoreview,

    MN and I'm 21. One of the reasons I was excited about moving down here was the prospect of getting to see my old highschool friends, I even said that I was moving close to alot of them on Facebook, did anyone come to visit me without an invite? Not one, ok one, but it was for an...
    UriahXG UriahXG
    Jul 20, 2014

    I Don'T Know Where I Belong

    I am a part time shut in. I had to run away and hide for my life on a regular basis since I was only two years old. I spent hours and sometimes days locked in my closet/room not knowing if it was safe to come out. I did this until the day I moved away from home in my senior year...
    ladybug347 ladybug347
    41-45, F
    4 Responses May 13, 2013


    But I like it! Occasionally I'll want someone to be alone with. Someone that can sit quietly with me, sip coffee and suddenly burst out laughing at the pretention.
    Mdear Mdear
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Oct 20, 2010

    Day after day, I wonder will I ever go out

    there in the world again?
    LexiTroll LexiTroll
    70+, F
    1 Response Mar 1, 2015

    When the moment arrives,

    the one that you realize that what has transpired was undesirable. I'm tired of waiting for answers when I'm not sure my question were even valid in the first place.
    LexiTroll LexiTroll
    70+, F
    2 Responses Mar 4, 2015
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