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I Have Social Anxiety

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    ThatGuyEveryoneHates ThatGuyEveryoneHates 18-21, M 6 Responses Dec 8, 2014

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    I think the reason im always exhausted is I try

    really hard for people not to read my emotions or see the type of person I really am. Everyday is a struggle lol
    Shelterzone Shelterzone 16-17, M 2 Responses Mar 19

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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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    Its so frustrating. Especially

    when everyone just thinks I'm overreacting when in reality its the most frightening thing to me. A lot of my friends have jobs. I really want to get one but I'm terrified of having to go through a job interview. Then if I actually got the job I'd most likely have to do a job...
    Jessica4729 Jessica4729 13-15, F 1 Response Jan 7

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    It's gotten terrible,

    I'm really sensitive now too, and that sucks.. I take every little word to heart, even if it's stupid. Like.. I'm a cheerleader, and when we go to competitions, during awards they always play songs like the Cupid shuffle, wobble, and the wop and stuff. But I don't dance...
    Bflyboo14 Bflyboo14 13-15, F 7 Responses 3 days ago

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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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    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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    I thought I had social anxiety

    and depression but recently diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. BPD can be mistaken for depression and/or anxiety. I believe a lot more people have this who may just not know it yet, make sure you always feel satisfied with treatment you receive because if not you...
    hannahrobinson1993 hannahrobinson1993 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 19

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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...
    Sparkles4Soul Sparkles4Soul 26-30, F 20 Responses Mar 21, 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 11 Responses Dec 2, 2014

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    I've come to the conclusion

    that I'm never gonna get a girlfriend until I deal with this social anxiety but it's gotten so bad lately I don't know if I can ever escape
    Dynamite500 Dynamite500 18-21, M 1 Response Mar 18

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    why me? i cant take this anymore it really make

    me depress, i cant brush it off in my mind it really torments me . .i hate it i cant get over it. . i cant function socially. .i always wear fake mask . .i totally suck . . why didnt i just given a fair fight in this life this is really unfair . why do i have a deformity...
    crushingnails crushingnails 18-21 1 Response 14 hrs ago

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    This will probably seem really dumb to most

    people.. But, today, this girl named Jessica came up to hug me. Like always, I just walked away and scratched my head. My anxiety was acting up again.. *sighs*
    JustPassingIt JustPassingIt 13-15, M 3 Responses Mar 19

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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 16-17, F 13 Responses Jan 30

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    Chloeeee17 Chloeeee17 18-21, F 19 Responses Nov 23, 2014

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    So I just got married

    and moved to a new state all within a month. It was a lot of change for me and still is. I don't know anyone besides my husband and his friend here. It's been two months and I'm home alone all day because I haven't had any luck finding a job yet. My depression has been pretty...
    ConflictedChickThoughts ConflictedChickThoughts 18-21, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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    I don't leave my room,

    because I feel that no matter what I say I am boring people, and that I'm not good enough for anyone...
    JustSomeDewd JustSomeDewd 18-21, M 3 Responses 5 days ago

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    I was not a normal teenager.

    I was terrified when I was forced to go to public places alone. Anytime I was told to go grocery shopping or buy lunch for myself, I got this feeling of overwhelming anxiety. These everyday things were probably stupid to be afraid of from a normal persons perspective. I did not...
    ComplicatedGirl18 ComplicatedGirl18 18-21, F 6 Responses Jan 18

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    NatashaRose NatashaRose 18-21, F 5 Responses Jan 25

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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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    yup....its been 5 years now.

    .. and I have come to the conclusion that it's never going away im always going to be this way </3
    silentkillxc silentkillxc 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 16

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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 10 Responses Dec 28, 2014

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    How do you explain to someone you keep canceling

    because of your social phobia? Or should you even mention it at all?
    trainwr3ck trainwr3ck 22-25, F 4 Responses 14 hrs ago

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    I did have it when I was in middle school,

    improved when I was in high school, and somehow I managed to get back to where I was. I can't ever talk to people right. I always stutter and mix up my words. I always regret saying what I said 5 minutes later and sometimes I wish I would've said more. I can't even make a...
    HelloLovelyPerson HelloLovelyPerson 18-21, F 2 Responses a week ago

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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 8 Responses Nov 1, 2014

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    Hey Ok so when I meet friends I get nervous,

    I hardly do sleepovers & I feel uncomfortable being away from home without family. My thoughts are getting more negative and I over analyse. On 30th I've invited 7 girls over (8 inc. me) to chill and for drinks, we did it once at xmas and it was great, it's just with me when...
    tillygeorrge tillygeorrge 16-17, F 1 Response a week ago

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    Still having a hard time at work.

    My birthday is coming up and I invited everyone to dinner. And of course no one wants to come. I try so hard to reach out to them and make friends but I keep getting shut down. It's hard enough to make a move in the first place and it really tears me down when I get rejected. I...
    Lucyshrimp Lucyshrimp 22-25, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    Is it normal to keep isolating yourself

    because you can't talk to people?
    NatashaRose NatashaRose 18-21, F 15 Responses Feb 1

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    Blehh, it's taking so long to make a simple

    phone call. Dear self, why you make the simplest things so difficult???
    Chloeeee17 Chloeeee17 18-21, F 13 Responses Sep 2, 2014

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    I need some insight here.

    Does anyone here take Ativan or Xanax and did it cause you to gain weight? If so how hard was it to lose it?
    bakedpotato2015 bakedpotato2015 31-35, F 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    I'm not the best communicator.

    I spend a lot of time disappointed by what I just said.
    Raruff Raruff 16-17, F 3 Responses 3 days ago

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    A male friend is coming over to my house

    tomorrow and I'm so nervous. I'm excited because I want to get to know him better (I don't have a crush on him but I think he has a crush on me). Anyway there's not much to do at my house, and we can't watch movies because we don't have a TV in the living room, and my parents...
    darkshadow011 darkshadow011 16-17, F 3 Responses Mar 17

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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 16 Responses Jan 26

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    invertedcocaine invertedcocaine 22-25, F 3 Responses Nov 1, 2014

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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 14 Responses Jan 8

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    It's been 2 days since I set foot outside my

    door. I went out today because I had to run some errands and as I was in the elevator preparing to head out my palms starting sweating all of a sudden. I went out and first made contact with a crowd of people and I felt a huge lump in my throat. As I was walking down the busy...
    NiteOwlet NiteOwlet 22-25, F 4 Responses 2 days ago

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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'm afraid that my social anxiety will effect

    my don. I don't have zany female friends and don't know anybody with kids. Neither my siblings or my husbands' have kids so he has no cousins to play with either. This really concerns me. He goes to a wonderful babysitter 5 days a week while I'm at work and mixes with other kids...
    restartnow restartnow 31-35, F 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    I just got out of the movies

    and had to go to Walmart and almost had an anxiety attack with all the different people crowding around me...
    Saya66 Saya66 16-17, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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    Mental illnesses suck.

    I was informed that a relative will be staying over tonight out of the blue. During the course of roughly 2 hours I went into a mini panic. I immediately became aware my relationship with the individual coming over, my past experiences and interactions with them, I profiled...
    Sunnycorr Sunnycorr 22-25, F 3 Responses a week ago

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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 23 Responses Nov 7, 2014

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    ToriKilljoy ToriKilljoy 18-21, F 9 Responses Jan 20

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    I just wish people could understand what it's

    like (mainly my bf), and realize their yelling and ****** "just deal with it" advice doesn't help. Believe me I'd love to just "get over it". It's a very hard thing to deal with. I feel like sometimes people think it's made up, yes it's true it's all in the head,but can't you...
    bbygrlashes bbygrlashes 18-21, F 3 Responses 4 days ago

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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...
    vintagesoul87 vintagesoul87 26-30, F 7 Responses Mar 19

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    I don't understand why people with social

    anxiety have to present stuff in class
    s31fharm3r s31fharm3r 13-15, F 11 Responses Nov 11, 2014

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    Does anyone else with anxiety have issues with

    people invading your personal space or with people you do not trust touching you?
    unreciprocated unreciprocated 36-40, F 3 Responses 4 days ago

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    Along with social anxiety I also have major

    depression, which was initially triggered by the anxiety and I hate it when after a major depressive episode and I start feeling better everyone's always like you're doing so good, you look great, etc. It's so frustrating because yes, while I may not be as depressed, the root...
    ces588 ces588 26-30, F 4 Responses Mar 18