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I Have Social Anxiety

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    I literally have to mentally prepare myself to

    be around people. And then I can only do it for short periods of time. I used to be a social butterfly and the life of the party...
    deleted deleted 26-30 7 Responses Mar 19

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    I hate it going to school

    and sitting in a class full of people i don't know and don't talk to , especially when we have to get in groups and I don't know who to go with .
    crystalisonfire crystalisonfire 16-17, F 6 Responses Apr 12

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    I have social anxiety!

    And it has increased over the years. I have always been uncomfortable in gatherings but did not know until last week that this is what it was. I could not believe I have this 'issue' to tackle now!! But I will definitely get to the bottom of this; find out why I have this and...
    LaraLuulu LaraLuulu 26-30, F 12 Responses Nov 10, 2014

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    I can't even walk up to someone

    and say hi. even if someone does come up to me I get red and all these thoughts race inside my head about how I should talk but I can't.... I'm okay with being alone. I have my online friends. but sometimes I wonder what it would be like to have friends in real life....
    tobethin666 tobethin666 18-21, F 10 Responses Dec 2, 2014

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    I have a very hard time meeting people.

    In person or on a computer. Replying or even starting a topic. Even posting on something like this makes me feel like jumping from my skin, but I want to be able to try talking about it.
    Heliwags Heliwags 26-30, M 9 Responses Nov 30, 2014

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    High school has been absolute HELL with my

    social anxiety, and with how badly people treat me. I have 5 more months until I graduate and I don't know how i'm going to cope, cause I honestly can't deal with it anymore. My goal is to survive until graduation. I don't know if i'll make it.
    heyidontknow heyidontknow 18-21, M 15 Responses Jan 26

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    It's hard for me to create profiles on sites,

    like instagram, tumblr, twitter...... I always end up deleting them because I get all self concious and I will constantly go to my profiles I created and look at it over and over until I just delete the entire profile, I have had like 10 accounts to EP because I do that. it's...
    XxshyguyxX XxshyguyxX 13-15, M 4 Responses a week ago

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    I'm so envious of extroverts.

    They can just walk up and talk to people without an issue. It just reminds me of the times when I've had to force myself to socialise for certain reasons. I feel like I'm missing out on having fun and living life to the fullest. They can go to parties, casually bring up...
    NatashaRose NatashaRose 18-21, F 6 Responses Feb 25

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    It's not easy. It really isn't.

    From my POV, social anxiety is an incurable disease that not even therapy can remedy, regardless of how hard you try to conquer it.
    air0118 air0118 18-21, M 4 Responses 5 days ago

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    People have been ostracizing me

    and excluding me all my life. I felt like whenever I spoke I was being ignored; so I stopped speaking. I lost the ability to converse with people and now when I find myself in groups I am always the silent and awkward one. I lost my job because I couldn't perform the tasks it...
    Purrkittyy Purrkittyy 18-21, F 3 Responses Jun 19

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    It's really tough I hardly talk to any1

    but my cat , and I don't like going out anymore
    dailybake dailybake 22-25, M 6 Responses a week ago

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    Even when I'm alone,

    even just typing this out is almost painful for me. I just want to erase it and forget about posting this and the thought of even posting it makes me cry. i think its silly and ridiculous of me but i can't help it. For the past four years I've been shutting myself away. I can't...
    alicat13 alicat13 18-21, F 6 Responses 4 days ago

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    so I feel like snapping on an ex co.

    worker..should I ? ..I mean this man changed the schedule tattled and is the main reason I left now he keeps texting for me to.come fill in ..bc everyone calls in all the time..but I wanna cuss him out he's loud obnoxious..rude sneaky.
    imissdnce imissdnce 31-35, F 3 Responses 5 days ago

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    Why is it so hard for me to do anything?

    I can't even explain the fears I get from going in public and people looking at me.. Or even being around people .
    toxicpastels toxicpastels 13-15, F 3 Responses a week ago

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    I thought online would be a good place to start

    getting used to talking to people (since I can't face to face) but I'm having just as much anxiety sending messages as I would conversing in person... Any tips to calm down before I end up deleting my account like I've done every time before?
    momenti momenti 18-21, F 2 Responses Jun 20

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    This picture explains everything too perfect.

    When I go to mcdonalds and it's busy, I don't eat, because I can't talk, and when my friends decide they want subway, I'm suddenly not hungry. Constantly being scared of everyone thinking they will laugh at me.
    Bflyboo14 Bflyboo14 13-15, F 2 Responses Dec 2, 2014

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    I can't talk to people I don't know,

    I choke up and I start to fell sick. When I'm in crouds I always throw up.
    Sevrin77 Sevrin77 13-15, M 1 Response 7 hrs ago

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    i have been through a lot in my life.

    after my parents divorce and harsh seperation i lived with my dad who was a bit aggressive. he never let me talk to guys or even say hi. he always made me feel anxious as if people were always staring at me and judging me when they weren't. after all these horrible experiences i...
    jessy55 jessy55 18-21, F 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    NatashaRose NatashaRose 18-21, F 4 Responses Jan 25

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    I can't approach people in groups

    because it scares me too much. I never know what to say to people. On EP even, i'd like to apologise to everyone who's felt ignored by me, I don't know why or what's caused this but i've had anxiety about going on here even. I wish i were someone else. Gosh i'm a mess.
    CaitlinBuchan97 CaitlinBuchan97 18-21, F 13 Responses Jan 30

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    Do not talk to me or try to "help me"

    unless you actually have this anxity. I am so sick of hearing people say .. Just get out or do this or that like its a simple fix or they just dont see why its so hard to talk to people just force yourself or get out in the workd blah blah .. Like i dont think about that...
    deleted deleted 26-30 20 Responses Mar 21, 2014

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    I hate feeling lonely

    and being too scared to reach out to others
    tsubakiblossom tsubakiblossom 22-25, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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    Dear anxiety, thanks

    for ruining my life, thanks to you I can't live my life comfortably like everyone else can, I always have to give everything more than a second thought I'm very indecisive because of you I can't go out my comfort zone as I would like to you make it very hard for me to try new...
    slipknotisamazing slipknotisamazing 18-21, F 6 Responses 6 days ago

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    Faced my fears today

    and came to the gym all by myself. It was so scary but I'm proud of myself.
    J021408 J021408 22-25, F 12 Responses Jan 8

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    I have had social anxiety ever

    since my parents dropped me off in front of school in kindergarten and I wondered into the building and got lost. I asked two teachers where my class was, and they scolded me and yelled at me. They told me not to interrupt adults. I find society to be superficial. I am a...
    Jennio1559 Jennio1559 31-35, F 2 Responses Jun 13

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    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 case,that’s from abuse by my parents.having anxiety feelings all the time make me frustrating and exausting...hope everyone will be...
    juryandrews juryandrews 31-35, F 7 Responses Nov 20, 2014

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    Hearing people laugh near you.

    Not talking because you're afraid that what you say will be judged. Keeping quiet in a conversation with three people. Not being able to go anywhere alone. Staying inside all day. Hating when the teacher asks you a question in class. Eye contact. Eating in front of people...
    JustSomeTeenagerr JustSomeTeenagerr 13-15, F 7 Responses Oct 26, 2014

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    Ugh, Isolation Hate Socializing

    I tend to isolate. I stay inside. I avoid people in 3D. Feel no one wants me. I am sooo akward. Why would someone want to socialize with me? No one does. Have family who comes when they need something and thats it. Have online friends but that feels safer they don't really know...
    Rachel4now Rachel4now 31-35, F 36 Responses Feb 17, 2008

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    Everything is fine around close friends

    and family members. I find myself to be fairly interesting, then when I'm out in public I try to say as little as possible. I get so nervous that it's almost like I lose control of what I'm saying. I act like a bland idiot, there's really no other way of putting it. I would do...
    censmith55 censmith55 22-25, M 1 Response 1 day ago

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    What people who don't have SA fail to

    understand is that anxiety is physical. "Your chest tightens, your head feels cloudy & you are acutely aware of the effort behind every breath." I'm always being told, "It's all in your head," like yea thank you, it's a mental illness... I can't go anywhere by myself, I can...
    BasAllah BasAllah 13-15, F 5 Responses Apr 30

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    No one that doesn't have social anxiety can

    really understand the effort it takes to get up and go somewhere you know has people everywhere... My social anxiety makes me feel like I'm being analyzed by everyone around me and like I'm being ridiculed. I get so anxious that sometimes I have to tell myself in my mind how to...
    PlanetGaia PlanetGaia 18-21, F 2 days ago

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    I hate talking to people.

    I can stand in front of a group and give a speech no problem because they are there to hear me. But I can not go up to someone and talk without going into full panic mode. I get sick to my stomach.
    Matthew6288 Matthew6288 36-40, M 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    Inside this shell is a cloistered soul,

    greatly intimidated by the outside world. Such a vast distance created by doing so little in such a small space. They drift into dream-like mementos, pushed away by this incredible repulsion. A hardened layer to protect the fragility within decimates the will to open...
    yopu yopu 26-30 2 Responses a week ago

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    I hate this place ..husband loves it .

    .considering moving . I have an opportunity soon if all goes as planned I'm moving...love him but this place is heartbreaking
    imissdnce imissdnce 31-35, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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    Sometimes I avoid anyone

    and everyone because I can't stand the thought of them judging me
    hbjjg hbjjg 26-30, F 13 Responses Dec 12, 2014

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    Awkward silences. Struggling to continue a

    conversation. Afraid of participating in class. Hoping silently that my name won't get called up. Can't express myself well. A boring person to many. Respond to what someone is talking about by smiling because I don't know what to say. Feel happy when a plan is cancelled...
    ladybug96 ladybug96 18-21, F 21 Responses Nov 7, 2014

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    I saw a guy walking his dog

    when i was walking my dog, so of course i turn around and go home. It surprised me cause i felt confident in how I looked today, but maybe that has little to do with my anxiety. How am i supposed to get it if i can't even make eye-contact with a guy lol
    SaintInHell SaintInHell 18-21, F 3 Responses 5 days ago

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    ToriKilljoy ToriKilljoy 18-21, F 10 Responses Jan 20

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    I just want to say that social anxiety is NOT

    "omg I like totally hate people I just want to sleep and eat and watch Netflix all the time!!!" Social anxiety is wanting so desperately to go out and socialize, but being absolutely terrified due to the sheer panic that takes over your mind everytime you attempt to do so. It...
    originalitydied originalitydied 13-15, F 9 Responses Dec 28, 2014

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    I freak out whenever anyone

    even looks at me in public.. :/
    montanagonewrongx3 montanagonewrongx3 18-21, F 9 Responses Nov 21, 2014

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    I seriously can't go anywhere.

    .. I freak out, I hate people, I break down, I can't handle it
    Bflyboo14 Bflyboo14 13-15, F 7 Responses Nov 1, 2014

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    I know u have social anxiety ,

    not to self diagnose, but. some of you people know the feeling when you can't breathe. that sweaty blood rush . feel scared . I'm so tiered of it . every time I goto the doctor for my head aches I try to tell her but she always suggests it's something else due to my parents...
    SJsmith23 SJsmith23 13-15, F 1 Response Jun 13

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    Does anyone in this group also date someone

    with social anxiety? What's the relationship like?
    akaShaun akaShaun 16-17, M 4 Responses 6 days ago

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    "Drowning" A plush blanket of comfort

    and destruction bound tightly around my frail body. My breathing is constantly labored and my toes curled under bracing for the next mental blow. Anxiety is a consistent flow of breath taking views from the peaks of happiness and the dark shallow graves from the valleys of fear...
    writingmyrelease writingmyrelease 26-30, F 3 Responses Jun 21

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    I just arrived for a job orientation.

    (I'm early.) Of course I'm really nervous and I have no idea what's going to happen. I just hope I survive this...
    junipery junipery 13-15, F 4 Responses a week ago

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    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 they'll help. I do not need help. why so I can be like everyone else? I'm going to become a animator for cartoons once I graduate college...
    tobethin666 tobethin666 18-21, F 11 Responses Dec 3, 2014

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