I Am Beating Social Anxiety

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 210 People

    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
    CEB32 CEB32
    31-35, M
    2 Responses Apr 8, 2014

    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

    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

    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

    Night.

    I like the dark part of the night, after midnight and before four-thirty, when itโ€™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
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Jul 29, 2010

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    I once ran away but now I stay

    and get angry ๐Ÿ‘ฟ๐Ÿ‘ฟ๐Ÿ‘ฟ
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    Aug 22, 2015

    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, 2014

    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
    22-25, M
    4 Responses Jul 31, 2007

    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

    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

    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

    Related Experiences

    Today I shopped. I shopped!!!! which I have never done by myself before! :D. I brought myself new clothes (ALL BY MYSELF). I can't feel more happy about that :'). Small things are...
    nousernameindeed nousernameindeed
    18-21, F
    3 Responses Apr 21
    I've spent entire nights shaking from fear of rejection. My only friend distanced herself and I had to battle my anxiety so that I wouldn't be alone. Sometimes it just seems so...
    lmaguire333 lmaguire333
    16-17, F
    1 Response Apr 19
    Wrote this last night before going to meet some friends of the girl I'm seeing, to discuss with my therapist: "I'm invited to hang out with a group of ppl I don't know. Fear of...
    ogkev ogkev
    26-30, M
    2 Responses Apr 19
    I hate that feeling when you go to the store and break down crying because everyone's looking at you and you don't belong there and everyone hates you and you're a burden to the...
    shybot shybot
    16-17, F
    Apr 17
    I've denied it for years. But admittedly, it's something I have and can't seem to rise above. It effects much more than most can imagine. So last night, I was at my cousins' 19th...
    TheMasterMan1 TheMasterMan1
    16-17, M
    1 Response Apr 17
    I went on the Ferris wheel in downtown Atlanta (no clue what the name is, sorry) and I had anxiety really bad. my stepbrother and stepdad were with me as well as my mom. I have a...
    sxvenfxld sxvenfxld
    13-15, F
    2 Responses Apr 17
    I sometimes feel paranoid. I don't know what to do, or how to get over it honestly. I worry about the littlest things and I overthink and overanalyze things I shouldn't even be. I...
    lydiastilinski lydiastilinski
    16-17, F
    7 Responses Apr 17
    Right now I'm online schooled (because I used to do gymnastics), but next year, for senior year, I'm going to a normal high school, and it's already all I can think about. I know...
    BellaGrace1 BellaGrace1
    16-17, F
    3 Responses Apr 16
    My friend had a surprise party yesterday. She is such a close friend to me and I love her to death but I have terrible anxiety and the last few days were horrible on me. I didn't...
    Blurryface5936 Blurryface5936
    13-15, F
    2 Responses Apr 16
    Unless I know really really really well, I have to spend anywhere from 5 secs to a few mins mustering up the courage to have a conversation. Once the convo starts, I've no idea...
    AsYetNameless AsYetNameless
    13-15, T
    Apr 16
    Oh well... My life is drifting and drifting. I live another day in this lonely world wondering if there is someone for me. But it seems like with all this lack of communication...
    YourSecretAdmire22 YourSecretAdmire22
    22-25, M
    Apr 15
    EVER REMEMBER THIS - - > JESUS LOVES YOU.
    Lincoln98 Lincoln98
    16-17, M
    Apr 14
    I want make new friends anyone lives around largo or Seminole? Hit me up
    missystout missystout
    22-25, F
    Apr 14
    I have a big drama exam tomorrow all day its not my year but im running the sound and lighting i have to communicate with people i dont know all day im sh**ing myself
    trentwitherspoon trentwitherspoon
    18-21, M
    1 Response Apr 14
    I really need to make friends hopefully some in my area but I can't talk to anyone in person without crying
    fmlcooper fmlcooper
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Apr 14
    I was fine for me anyways and suddenly I was hit with an anxiety attack about getting food poisoning and now I just feel really depressed.
    fallenstar23 fallenstar23
    22-25, F
    Apr 13
    After three years of trying to battle these panic attacks alone and being basically house bound, I'm back on meds. Since a visit to the psychiatrist can cost a fortune in this...
    BlueJinx BlueJinx
    26-30, F
    Apr 13
    I am recently having trouble with anxiety and major depression I feel as though there I no point in my existence. I don't have much confidence anyway! I have never felt this way...
    demo111 demo111
    18-21, F
    5 Responses Apr 13
    I am depressed and find it challenging to beat my depression when I have to be social. Having to be social with people I don't know makes me self conscious and I act robotic and...
    agirl987 agirl987
    26-30, F
    3 Responses Apr 11
    I am, well, socially isolated. I live alone with a cat. Rather than friends I have a bunch of people I used to know, some who I've spoken to or seen in recent years, most I haven't...
    catnamedcheese catnamedcheese
    31-35, M
    6 Responses Apr 11
    i am raging with anxiety right now. It's more like a catastrophic anxiety wherein my mind always leads different happenings to catastrophe. O feel really helpless. I have felt this...
    thebloodyshank thebloodyshank
    13-15, F
    2 Responses Apr 11
    So my brother just told me he was depressed because of work and stress. I wish I could open up to him and tell him that I have been battling anxiety since I was 2 and since I was 4...
    writingforlife6 writingforlife6
    18-21, F
    1 Response Apr 11
    Read a lot of stories under this group and my heart goes out to you all. I struggle with social anxiety as well and it's gotten a lot better throughout the years. My advice is...
    bawstenbrewin bawstenbrewin
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Apr 10
    I'm going to a doctor to get prescribed some anxiety and depression medication after many appointments with a therapist, but I'm scared. I realize that it's an irrational fear, and...
    robinnoodles robinnoodles
    13-15, F
    Apr 10
    **Not Feeling Helpless Anymore - Gaining Control Of My Anxiety And Thoughts** Hey guys, I'm relatively new to this thread but I looove the support this community has. Wish I found...
    SyazKhan SyazKhan
    18-21, M
    2 Responses Apr 10
    Since the fall of my relationship, I have had extreme anxiety. I guess because I know It's the end. I'm scared of not being in a relationship. It has been rare moments I have not...
    ptsdlady ptsdlady
    31-35, F
    1 Response Apr 10
    I have this friend that I text all the time and I can't seem to talk to her in person. Any advice to help me talk to her?
    martyy88 martyy88
    13-15, F
    3 Responses Apr 10
    (I refer this to Christians going through TRIALS or/and TEMPTATIONS, lest a fellow wishes to wrongly counter the write-up) Dear Christians and whomever this may concern, God...
    Lincoln98 Lincoln98
    16-17, M
    1 Response Apr 10
    Social phobia is like when you hold onto trash because you're scared to throw it away, or wait for an hour to do something because you don't want other people to think you did it...
    NyBrid NyBrid
    13-15, F
    Apr 10
    I'm having it really bad right now. I've been trying to contact my bf for the past few days but he isn't responding. We're in a long distance relationship so it's not like I can...
    Marie107 Marie107
    22-25, F
    Apr 10
    When it comes to relationships, looks only matter so much. People fall in love with personality, which is where I feel like I lose out due to SAD. Making friends and dating was...
    ManicPanicx ManicPanicx
    22-25
    3 Responses Apr 9
    From around age six I've battled with depression and anxiety. I of course had a stressor: abuse and the death of my mother. Her death was sudden and unexpected and the lives of my...
    MoonChild01 MoonChild01
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Apr 8
    Does any one hands shake all the time because of anxiety or im the only one?? im really afraid to be sick my hands shake alll time :'(
    Maritta19 Maritta19
    22-25, F
    5 Responses Apr 7
    for some reason when I walk into a room, with a large crowd, I find myself thinking damn look how many people could hurt me...look how many could f:ck me
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    Apr 7
    Does cognitional behavioural therapist (CBT) work
    PositiveStateOfMind PositiveStateOfMind
    22-25, M
    Apr 7
    I think I've posted here before basically I think I have SAD I mean I show all the symptoms like shakiness around people, can't eat around people and so on scared that people will...
    PositiveStateOfMind PositiveStateOfMind
    22-25, M
    4 Responses Apr 6
    I dont take anxiety meds anymore because its been a few months since my last anxiety attack, but I'm just getting really anxious right now with my Biology and Literature keystones...
    IkIlLeDyOuRsOuLaNdAtEiT IkIlLeDyOuRsOuLaNdAtEiT
    16-17, F
    2 Responses Apr 6
    I can't believe this site is going to close. how will I handle my anxiety and bipolar? this site has always helped me. now where will I go.
    penpalwriter penpalwriter
    41-45, F
    1 Response Apr 4
    So true... So very true.......
    wedgieshurtalot wedgieshurtalot
    18-21, F
    Apr 4
    social anxiety, where do i start? lets just say this condition is messing up my life. i havnt ate lunch at school in 3 months cause i cant decide where to sit, or cause im afraid...
    alyssapenn32 alyssapenn32
    13-15, F
    4 Responses Apr 4
    I've made an appointment with a GP tomorrow morning and I'm going to ask her to give me some Ativan or anything that I can use to keep my panic attacks at bay. I've tried...
    BlueJinx BlueJinx
    26-30, F
    Apr 4
    I went to a party last night and I feel as if no one liked me there because I was just so quiet and when they tried talking to me I would avoid them. I'm just to nervous and I wish...
    kimm1203 kimm1203
    13-15, F
    2 Responses Apr 3
    For with God nothing will be impossible (Luke 1:37). There yet is hope for you in Christ. Whatever your problem may be, and however seemingly grave the situation miay be, it is...
    Lincoln98 Lincoln98
    16-17, M
    Apr 3
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