does anyone else feel this way?i feel very uncomfortable in social situations outside of my fam. i’m highly sensitive to being negatively judged by others. i’m extremely shy and fear ridicule. i cannot take risks or try new things. i have no friends that i can talk to, i feel anxious even to talk to people online. i hate posting anything on social media; what if they hate my story or picture? what will they think about me? i might look like an idiot. i think i’d feel better if people do not know my existence. when teachers ask questions individually, i literally pray “please don’t say my name, please don’t say my name”. and when my name gets called and i have to stand up, my body shakes, my legs tremble, my heart beats as if it would burst in few seconds. even though i know the answer, i just can’t answer it confidently. after answering, i think for weeks about the incident and feel ashamed. when im just sitting there, i think: what if something wrong with me? how am I dressed? is everybody watching me? do I look ugly? etc. i do not have a single friend that i’m able to tell how i feel. if I speak, what if they judge me? But being quiet is also not an easy task. I feel awkward. everybody is talking and i’m just sitting quietly, listening. i want to share so many things but i can’t. so many of my fellow students are in a relationship. but for me, forget relationships, i could not even make friends that i like.
Avoidant Personality Disorder
i’m late to this post but i feel the exact same way
I resonate with everything! And I always feel as though nobody feels social anxiety to the extent that I do. But it’s debilitating and it makes it difficult to do anything—make friends, get a job, even interacting with family outside of my immediate family. The majority of my friends are people I’ve met online and even the ones I did meet in person I only talk to online because I moved away. I have no friends where I currently live because socializing is too mentally draining. I totally understand how you feel. However, I can say that over the years I have discovered that there are so many people out there that feel the exact same way I do. We’re all just hidden away in our anxiety so its hard to know how someone feels. You are not alone!
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