I Suffer From Social Anxiety

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    Alex1834 Alex1834
    18-21, F
    Feb 23

    I've done so for as long

    as I can remember. It wasn't very intrusive when I was young, although in hindsight I realise there were subtle hints. One such clue was how I felt uncomfortable when I had to call someone, even worse when I had to return a call. As I grew older, so did my fears. Eventually I...
    PirateMonkeyCabinet PirateMonkeyCabinet
    31-35
    Feb 20

    I used to be a lot worse

    but i'm considerably better now. I owe a large part of my improvement to my last job. If you suffer with anxiety, challenge yourself and try to get a job where you communicate a lot, such as on the phone. It'll force you to interact with people and build confidence.
    eatingagoat eatingagoat
    18-21, M
    Mar 16

    God I hate the first day of class.

    I have to go back to college today and the teachers always seem to spend the first class of the semester doing introductions. I can talk to a couple people at once but I am a wreck today over having to talk in front of 30+ people who I'm pretty sure won't like me anyway. I...
    cameralady925 cameralady925
    31-35, F
    2 Responses Sep 4, 2014

    Everyone needs compassion,

    a love that's never failing, let mercy fall on us. Everyone needs forgiveness, the kindness of a Savior, the Hope of nations. Savior, He can move the mountains My God is mighty to save. He is mighty to save. Forever, author of Salvation He rose and conquered the grave. Jesus...
    Lincoln98 Lincoln98
    18-21, M
    Apr 3

    When life is rough, pray.

    -----:------:------:----- Pray, when life is great.
    Lincoln98 Lincoln98
    18-21, M
    Apr 1

    I still think about embarrassing things I said

    years ago. I cringe about things that I might have said two years ago and I blame myself for every embarrassing social interaction. It is pretty much impossible for me to start a conversation or keep one going, because I am always thinking in advance about what I am going to...
    erinw96 erinw96
    18-21, F
    1 Response Jun 13, 2015

    Maybe I will try to go out again tomorrow,

    I did not make it very far today. Little feelings burn into the back of my head, people looking- people talking- people wanting me dead. Paranoia rolls into fear then I don't know how I even got here. Tomorrow. Tomorrow will be better.
    dollyrotten dollyrotten
    31-35, F
    5 Responses Mar 23, 2015
    hriley2498 hriley2498
    16-17, F
    4 Responses Feb 19

    (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 doesn't give us what we can handle but helps us handle what we are given, because, just as impure gold is passed through fire and made pure, we...
    Lincoln98 Lincoln98
    18-21, M
    1 Response Apr 10

    It happens so many times

    where I have an event that I planned on going to. I get outside the building clam up and go home.
    Lacrimosadies Lacrimosadies
    18-21, F
    Feb 2

    I am afraid to start a conversation

    because I think I'm going to say something stupid and I also can't hold a conversation.
    Deeplyflawed89 Deeplyflawed89
    26-30, F
    2 Responses May 28, 2015

    I refused to go to a store with my mom today,

    and her response was "wow, I've never met a 15 year old who doesn't like shopping." "You're a REAL piece of work.." Thanks mom, thank you. She doesn't understand the way social anxiety works, anytime I hear her and my dad talking about it, he says "she's not suffering...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    6 Responses Jul 15, 2015

    Last night me and my cousins went out to eat.

    We forgot to make a reservation so had to stand in a queue. Everyone was staring at us snickering cause we were so dumb. I nearly had a panic attack back then. My cousins were acting real cool so I guess I just get overwhelmed in crowded places.
    AphroditexD AphroditexD
    16-17, F
    3 Responses Dec 14, 2015

    And it is hard at school,

    because your peers, but mostly the teachers, don't understand why you can't raise your hand or carry on a normal conversation.
    StopSuicideAndDepression StopSuicideAndDepression
    16-17, F
    Apr 2

    Today I had to do a group presentation in my

    french class. The group I was in had my friends in it so they knew about this issue I have and because it was a short presentation and because I was required to participate they gave me one sentence to say. When it was my turn I said one word and then I froze. All of a sudden I...
    Jessica4729 Jessica4729
    16-17, F
    1 Response Feb 2

    It's ruined me. I can't do anything.

    It's gotten to a point where I barely go to school. I don't even leave the house much. This ruined me
    SilverMiku SilverMiku
    16-17, F
    3 Responses Dec 24, 2015

    I always struggle with social anxiety

    when I'm out In public I'm constantly worried about what people think of me and if I look "normal"
    Isaokomori22 Isaokomori22
    18-21, M
    Oct 9, 2015

    Other people don't get it.

    They don't understand that it just isn't that easy. They don't understand why I don't like to go to crowded places or why I avoid social situations. They don't understand why its makes me so uncomfortable and to be honest neither do I. I wish it was so easy to just have...
    Jessica4729 Jessica4729
    16-17, F
    2 Responses Oct 31, 2014

    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 what to say - I'm playing a reactive game - and my anxiety is palpable. You can tell. My voice literally goes up about an octave, it also...
    AsYetNameless AsYetNameless
    16-17, T
    Apr 16

    Everywhere i go people are constantly staring

    at me. It makes me so tense. I've been bullied in every class i've taken since starting college. I quit my job because of bullying too. I cannot focus on homework and my grades are suffering. I'm a 4.0 student but everything is falling apart now I have only one friend and even...
    BeautifulSoul095 BeautifulSoul095
    18-21, F
    3 Responses Mar 16

    hi, i really need your help.

    i am really annoying with myself and feel i don't exist. i had a panic attack at midnight and i was suffocated for a while with heartache. in addition i have social anxiety and last day my friends make fun of me and i felt really terribly and it coused my panic attack. i had...
    catkate catkate
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Feb 15

    Ive been off my anxiety medications

    for a month now, school is slowly killing me once more.
    Jess9798 Jess9798
    18-21, F
    Feb 1

    Went to a eye appointment on wednesday

    and Walmart today without getting anxious :)
    KaylaCherie KaylaCherie
    16-17, F
    2 Responses Oct 3, 2015

    I may be socially awkward

    or self-conscious, but at the same time , i deeply desire a connection with someone who'll understand me.
    KaylaCherie KaylaCherie
    16-17, F
    3 Responses Aug 27, 2015

    Am I a somewhat alcoholic

    if I rely on a few of swigs of hard liquor (at least) to get through a social situation?
    Rosaalie Rosaalie
    22-25, F
    5 Responses Jul 15, 2014

    If you call to Him, He will answer you If you

    run to Him, He will run to you If you lift your hands, He will lift you up Draw near to Him, He is here for you Give Him your love, He's in love with you He will heal your heart, He will cleanse your hands If you rend your heart, He will heal your land. Come now praise His name...
    Lincoln98 Lincoln98
    18-21, M
    Mar 31

    Sometimes it's so hard to just talk to people.

    I feel like I'll say something wrong or that people are constantly judging whatever I say. I wish I could talk to people face to face without a million things running through my mind.
    Nirvanist Nirvanist
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Mar 15

    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 nothing to the Age of Ages. There yet is hope for you in Christ. All other things are void of actual help. Some may help in soothing the problem...
    Lincoln98 Lincoln98
    18-21, M
    Apr 3

    I Feel Like I'M Losing My Mind...

    Where do I begin... I am a 22 year old woman who has suffered from Social Anxiety Disorder all of her life. Just last year I found out I have this disorder. It is crippling. It affects every aspect of my life. I can't go to the store, school, work...anywhere that has people...
    DayLove90 DayLove90
    26-30, F
    6 Responses Mar 17, 2013

    Me too ! After my step mom getting a make over

    and most of her Illuminate family member, The 3rd rock from the SUN. They all gotten makeover. Now my step mom new Boyfriend will kill me. He is a Muslim Man from Pakistan. He does it on a Cave of the Dune of Mountain TIM Cave. You see.. I am too scared ! I am an Atheist ! This...
    flipperpatch flipperpatch
    36-40, F
    1 Response Mar 16

    It seems like impossible to get good friends.

    I often avoid going out. I buy my stuff online. I used to be depressed coz of loneliness. I am even better at thing than those in my class. But because of social confidence, its all ****** up. Presentation is everything. And to be presentable, one must have good social skills...
    webb286 webb286
    18-21, M
    1 Response Mar 16

    I can't bring myself to talk to new people

    while believing I am being judged.
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    1 Response Mar 9, 2015

    I hate doing presentations with people

    and solo. I legit wanna cry sometimes
    StrangeMusings StrangeMusings
    18-21, F
    4 Responses Feb 3

    I honestly do not know

    if I have social anxiety, and I want to know if this is what would be considered social anxiety. I have problems presenting to my classes any projects, and I have problems letting anyone see any of my work when we peer edit or go over the homework. I would go out of my way...
    022qwert 022qwert
    18-21, F
    1 Response Mar 15

    When life is rough, pray.

    -----:------:------:----- Pray, when life is great.
    Lincoln98 Lincoln98
    18-21, M
    Apr 1

    One of the worst feelings is knowing

    that classes start up again tomorrow and that I will have to introduce myself to a bunch of people that I feel like are judging my every action. If I could wear a paper bag over my head and be drunk, then I might consider getting through class without having any issues with the...
    fallout07 fallout07
    18-21, F
    3 Responses Oct 5, 2014

    Its crippling. I don't think people realize

    how much it affects a person? I might've been somewhat successful now, if I didn't have this problem. I don't go to high school, because of this. I don't socialize, because of this. It's sad when a person feels so proud of themselves because they didn't break down in the...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    6 Responses Oct 22, 2015

    Social Anxiety, A Day Inside My Mind (Sorry For My Bad English)

    a week ago, I received an invitation for the 5th birthday party of my cousin's daughter ( a princess party) I'm used to avoid social events but for this one I had no excuses. I mentally prepared myself: What will I do in the middle of little princesses and a bunch of strangers...
    aloysia aloysia
    26-30, F
    4 Responses Sep 7, 2013

    For those of you who have lost your desire to

    pray, to sing,I'm asking God to put that melody back in your hearts tonight; cause you to lift your voice, even though you don't understand. Your Father in Heaven loves you, do not forsake Him...do not forget the benefits of the Lord. God bless you.
    Lincoln98 Lincoln98
    18-21, M
    Apr 1

    I know that the universe is beautiful,

    and that life is precious... But sometimes I feel like it's not worth it. I know my life isn't that bad, and that others have it a lot worse, but sometimes I'm just tired of living.... Tired of not being just a little more normal... I just feel like I can't keep going on... I...
    ChloeSunshine ChloeSunshine
    26-30, T
    4 Responses Oct 20, 2015

    I get nervous around everyone .

    .. Even my family members
    Jojolopez4 Jojolopez4
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Mar 24, 2015

    Everyone constantly says "it's fine,

    I know what you're going through, it gets better." But I KNOW this won't get better. I told my mom I needed help, or I'm going to go insane, so she took me to a counselor, however, I only went to one session because it costs way too much. I'm on medication, and the doctor...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    8 Responses Sep 29, 2015

    because I was severely mentally

    and physically destroyed as a child.
    ShottyB ShottyB
    36-40, M
    1 Response Feb 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 employees and they're all watching you and everyone can see that you're crying and you can't stop.
    shybot shybot
    16-17, F
    Apr 17

    So. He finally had a day off

    after 2 1/2 weeks of working everyday. We decided we would like to have a bite to eat and go to the movies. I got all "prettied up" in excitement to finally spend time with him out side of the house. As we were driving around the out-door mall to decide where to eat. I start to...
    meowkachu meowkachu
    22-25, F
    Oct 1, 2015

    Does anybody else feels

    so lonely yet doesn't have anyone to talk to? I just wish I didn't have anxiety.
    pinesanee pinesanee
    16-17, F
    2 Responses Nov 21, 2015

    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
    22-25, F
    4 Responses Dec 16, 2014

    When I choose to be social,

    which is a rarity, I feel like I'm placed under a microscope. I get paranoid that they notice how uncomfortable I am with myself to the point I think they are nitpicking my flaws as a person. So I either feel overwhelmed and leave the scene entirely, or I sit there frozen...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    2 Responses Aug 6, 2015

    I suffer from social anxiety.

    This makes it so hard for me to complete everyday task because I'm so nervous to be around people, because I'm scared of what they may think of me. It's hard for me to make friends also. I try so hard to cone out of this but its easier said than done.
    KartierCutie18 KartierCutie18
    18-21, F
    Apr 2

    I get shy with new people

    and totally struggle to make friends and hold a conversation with new people. Here for anyone who feels the same?
    anniethe27th anniethe27th
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Apr 8, 2015

    I have realized the more I pretend to be ok,

    never really resolving my issues, never talking things out, stressing and crying when no one is looking no longer just affects me emotionally. Now it's physical. Headaches, head pressure, and sometimes I'm tired and sore for no reason. All this anxiety has become way too much...
    Shygirl917 Shygirl917
    22-25, F
    1 Response Nov 11, 2014

    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

    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 nothing to the Age of Ages. There yet is hope for you in Christ. All other things are void of actual help. Some may help in soothing the problem...
    Lincoln98 Lincoln98
    18-21, M
    Apr 3
    pbarn pbarn
    31-35, M
    1 Response Jan 23
    Lincoln98 Lincoln98
    18-21, M
    Apr 14

    I hate it so much. I've always been

    so reliant on my parents to do stuff for me, and makes me feel so guilty. I can't even go to the grocery store or go out to eat by myself
    ndfan97 ndfan97
    18-21, M
    2 Responses Dec 12, 2015
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