Post
Experience Project iOS Android Apps | Download EP for your Mobile Device

I Am Beating Social Anxiety

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 206 People

    Happy About My Achievements

    Hi, I was diagnosed with social phobia a few months ago, I knew there was something "different" about me, but I couldn't name it, so I just guessed: hey, this is my personality, and I continued living with S/A, I didn't like to go out, or leave home, even when I started the...
    CatalinaMD CatalinaMD 22-25 1 Response Jun 28, 2010

    Your Response

    Cancel

    Outside of Comfort Zone

    When i was in the supermarket the other day i was thinking to myself why do i feel anxious and paranoid here, whereas when im at home i feel so comfortable and confident.  I came to the conclusion that im outside of my comfort zone. So as a test i imagined my comfort zone...
    AdamDavids AdamDavids 26-30 5 Responses Jan 15, 2009

    Your Response

    Cancel

    You Can Do It Too

    for most of my life i thought i was stuck with it. when i was younger, i could not even imagine doing the things that i do now. i also thought that i was broken and had no idea that anyone ever felt the way i did. it was a terrible secret and i worked so hard to fade into the...
    kittten kittten 46-50, F 5 Responses Jan 26, 2008

    Your Response

    Cancel

    2 weeks ago I went back to china to visit my

    relatives, I had been praying hard for it, hoping god will use this experience for good, not like the previous time I went back(which was 2 years ago and when I was still deeply entangled in the web of this SAD thing) Today is the day I go back to singapore and so many things...
    annaxz annaxz 18-21, F Feb 25

    Your Response

    Cancel

    I'm Beating It - But Its Not Mine

    My wife is the one with the general anxiety disorder we both suffer as a result.  I'm fighting the battle to stay supportive and positive.  this site is my relief.  I hate anxiety but I battle it daily
    deleted deleted 26-30 Jun 4, 2010

    Your Response

    Cancel

    No One Is Talking . . . How Ironic.

    Come on, people, let's get talking. I hate being around people, because everything I say or do is going to be judged.  A joke might not be funny, I might bring up a movie or song no one likes, I might act in some way that's not socially acceptable. That's why, I have...
    vagabondwind vagabondwind 21-25, M 4 Responses Jul 31, 2007

    Your Response

    Cancel

    Pushing

    I used to actually think that, deep down, everyone hated me, whether they were nice to me to hide it or not.  I realize now that this was a result of my abuse from when I was a child.  I was beaten whenever I questioned the things my mom did, because she felt...
    SeraphicWannabe SeraphicWannabe 22-25, M 4 Responses Mar 1, 2009

    Your Response

    Cancel

    My Life With Social Anxiety

    Social anxiety runs in my family. Most of my family has it: my maternal grandmother, my mother, my brothers, etc.... I even have a cousin who is afraid to leave her house. My mother tells me that I was once very social. I don't know when that changed or why, but as far back...
    Marivela Marivela 22-25, F 5 Responses Sep 20, 2009

    Your Response

    Cancel

    Night.

    I like the dark part of the night, after midnight and before four-thirty, when it’s hollow, when ceilings are harder and farther away. Then I can breathe, and can think while others are sleeping, in a way can stop time, can have it so - this has always been my dream - so that...
    ashlynnx ashlynnx 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 29, 2010

    Your Response

    Cancel

    Major Transformative Period

    It all began when I was born...Well, that's a long story, and I'll cut that part short and say I'm a socially awkward schizoid who has usually been incapable of relating to other people or understanding ordinary things as a child, and learned my social skills and learned about...
    ChesterBSchizoid ChesterBSchizoid 26-30 3 Responses Sep 16, 2012

    Your Response

    Cancel

    My Testimony

    I just want to share my testimonial and what helped me become a happy, healthy person. I used to feel so tired and fatigued every day no matter how much sleep i got. I also suffered from horrible anxiety and depression as a result. Someone told me about a protein molecule...
    aBETTERtomorrow aBETTERtomorrow 26-30, M Jun 24, 2011

    Your Response

    Cancel
    CEB32 CEB32 31-35, M 1 Response Apr 8

    Your Response

    Cancel

    A Visit to the Grocery Store

    Terence McKenna, a really out there philospher and botanist, would get anxiety attacks around people.  He came up with the reality grip test/check:  If you can walk into a grocery store (at least a busy one), find what you are looking for and purchase the item...
    blankethead33 blankethead33 31-35, F 2 Responses Mar 1, 2009

    Your Response

    Cancel

    I'm Getting There.

    I'm 32 years old, and just recently, for the first time in my life, I initiated the first kiss with a new girl without any obvious prompting from her. It's not the first time I've ever kissed a girl, of course. I've even managed to sleep with a few on occasion. But in the past...
    CleverScreenName CleverScreenName 31-35, M 1 Response Dec 19, 2009

    Your Response

    Cancel

    The Fear We Must Let Go...

    Social anxiety...what a strange, unusual fear... Being afraid that whatever you say it may be considered stupid, weird by others... Being afraid that if you try to get closer to them and tell a joke...that joke will make them consider you strange, boring and with lack of...
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses Jan 14, 2009

    Your Response

    Cancel

    Panic. Attack.

    Walking into a classrrom gave me a panic attack. Walking into a mall made me cry. learning I had to go out to eat for dinner meant my nerves kept me from eating anything until lunch the next day. Lunchrooms set me eating in the school psychologists room. How many times a day did...
    ShopGirl ShopGirl 18-21, F 5 Responses Mar 1, 2009

    Your Response

    Cancel

    Related Experiences

    I HAD social anxiety. I'm somewhat antisocial (Not in the literal sense. I meant in the very very introverted sense) and I can be somewhat socially awkward. But I no longer feel...
    topsykrit topsykrit 18-21, F 2 Responses 4 days ago

    Your Response

    Cancel
    I told my mum about my social anxiety. I'm not going to school, school is a place full of judgemental *** holes and so is this stupid house ._. I hate home more than I hate school...
    0Worthless0 0Worthless0 13-15, F 2 Responses Nov 25

    Your Response

    Cancel
    I hate people. its better to be alone. chat online. people expect to much from you. I like it this way. I'm grateful for my social anxiety. people should stop messaging me saying...
    tobethin666 tobethin666 18-21, F 10 Responses Dec 3

    Your Response

    Cancel
    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 3 Responses Nov 22

    Your Response

    Cancel
    I feel like nobody else understands how I feel, my social anxiety has gotten so bad that I can't even be around my family... My mom just calls me disrespectful because I always...
    Bflyboo14 Bflyboo14 13-15, F 6 Responses Nov 25

    Your Response

    Cancel
    I had social anxiety until I took shrooms
    MooreVandervale MooreVandervale 18-21, M 1 Response Dec 3

    Your Response

    Cancel
    Having social anxiety really sucks iv had it my hole life and still fighting it everyday I'm on meds they don't help I always got to change them it's hard to get a job cuz u can't...
    vicky170 vicky170 16-17, F 1 Response Dec 3

    Your Response

    Cancel
    I have had social anxiety for awhile now, but it hasn't been too bad until lately. I'm usually a straight A student in school but now I can hardly concentrate there's so many...
    LopsidedLollipop LopsidedLollipop 13-15, F 1 Response Dec 3

    Your Response

    Cancel
    I have social anxiety and I'm going to live on my own for the 1st time.I lived with my mom my whole life and now she's moving with her boyfriend and is telling me that I'm going to...
    isaiahZ isaiahZ 18-21, M 1 Response Dec 4

    Your Response

    Cancel
    Volunteering helped with my social anxiety :)
    Paleandpolluted86 Paleandpolluted86 26-30, F Dec 4

    Your Response

    Cancel
    There are reasons why I have social anxiety, and I know that for part of it, it's all just in my head and me worrying... But there are times when you're disproven by people and...
    Redbeard74 Redbeard74 18-21, M 1 Response Dec 7

    Your Response

    Cancel
    I'm 19 suffering from social anxiety,I currently work and it has gotten better , but it's still there.I am looking for people to talk to,maybe be friends ? I get pretty lonely. If...
    zeak18 zeak18 18-21 4 Responses Dec 9

    Your Response

    Cancel
    How have you handle your social anxiety, if at all? Do you feel the fear and do it anyway? Or do you avoid these situations altogether? Like everyone, I've been in very...
    WearOutKyd WearOutKyd 26-30, M 6 Responses a week ago

    Your Response

    Cancel
    I fear I have social anxiety disorder it would explain a lot about my behaviour..I keep myself distanced from friends and they moan at me for not being friends to them and I don't...
    Mustangkid2020 Mustangkid2020 26-30, M 4 days ago

    Your Response

    Cancel
    Last night I went to dinner with some very good friends who I hadn't seen in a while. Just sitting there waiting to order, my body temperature shot through the roof as I started...
    pnw21 pnw21 22-25, M 2 Responses 1 day ago

    Your Response

    Cancel
    Suffered from IBS for as long as I can remember. Have memories of having a stomach ache after every lunch in the first and second grade. Growing up it was mostly IBS attacks...
    K14A07M K14A07M 22-25, F Dec 2

    Your Response

    Cancel
    So today there was his guy at work and he was so loud and distracting and upsetting that he ended up setting off my anxiety and I messed up really badly. I didn't mean to mess up...
    luna1912 luna1912 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 3

    Your Response

    Cancel
    It's so bad that I never take my sunglasses off cuz I can't look in peoples eyes when they are talking to me creeps me out and It hids my face I hid behind them I get strange look...
    vicky170 vicky170 16-17, F Dec 3

    Your Response

    Cancel
    Hi,i'm new to here.what happend to me completely changed me and my life.and never can be the same.i think i have to accept that reality,but it's still hard to deal with it..in my...
    juryandrews juryandrews 31-35, F 9 Responses Nov 20

    Your Response

    Cancel
    If I could change my mind I'd do it in a heartbeat. Locked up in a cage till I come home, my comments never reach the finishing dot. My heads filled with anxiety, all because of...
    RianneK RianneK 16-17, F Nov 22

    Your Response

    Cancel
    Sometimes I don't want to go outside...I dont even want to talk to my mom nor anyone....Just be all alone. It freacks me out thinking about going outside, buying something at...
    Wewerethereinthattime Wewerethereinthattime 18-21, F 3 Responses Nov 23

    Your Response

    Cancel
    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 2 Responses Nov 24

    Your Response

    Cancel
    This is the first post I've made but, I have really bad anxiety and I've been out of school for almost a week because of it. I need someone to talk to, anyone. Online is so much...
    thisismyusername01 thisismyusername01 16-17 6 Responses Dec 3

    Your Response

    Cancel
    The feeling when you are already broken but trying then anxiety descends.. As though your heart has become lead, it's pace ever increasing and it's surrounding made small. Every...
    shadowweep shadowweep 31-35, M Dec 3

    Your Response

    Cancel
    I've been so depressed and suicidal lately, with little to hold onto. My friends don't understand when I try to tell them how I'm feeling. They are hurt when I cancel plans over...
    nuttyduck nuttyduck 18-21, F 5 Responses Dec 7

    Your Response

    Cancel
    If anyone suffers from anxiety at work or anything like that I could do with some advice, really struggling in my new job.
    deejay2605 deejay2605 22-25, M 6 Responses Dec 11

    Your Response

    Cancel
    I often get these extreme hot flashes from anxiety sometimes almost so bad I feel like I am about to pass out. When I walk around in public my face gets so red because I think...
    bexk bexk 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 11

    Your Response

    Cancel
    When I was younger I was bullied nothing too traumatizing, at least I don't think, but I was always loud and bubbly. Which naturally offends others... For a while I thought I had...
    ofthisgirl90 ofthisgirl90 22-25, F 1 Response a week ago

    Your Response

    Cancel
    Does anyone else have a mini anxiety attack when knocking on someone's front door or calling them on the phone? Or is it just me...
    beautifulmind14 beautifulmind14 18-21, F 3 Responses 3 days ago

    Your Response

    Cancel
    My anxiety is getting worse by the second. Whenever I go out I feel like people are judging me on what I wear, how I wear my hair, what sort of makeup I have on and even my...
    notyourbitchxo notyourbitchxo 13-15, F 12 Responses 2 days ago

    Your Response

    Cancel
    It's hard for me to look into people's eyes for long periods of time, and it's even sometimes hard to say things online. On here, I feel better, but I still get really shy. I'm...
    RhinosaurusRex RhinosaurusRex 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 22