I’ve dealt with social anxiety for about 8 years now and it doesn’t get easier. I’ve used every excuse in the book when it comes to getting out of social events. I’ve had to leave a store in the midst of shopping because one too many people were present. I’ve never been to a party. I never went to any of my high school homecomings or proms. I stammer and stutter, I shake, I can’t make eye contact, I get flushed, and I get physically sick to my stomach. Having social anxiety isn’t easy. I get afraid to leave my house because I can’t begin to fathom how many people I will have to be in close proximity with. The only real human interaction I have is going to work, and that just about kills me. I watch the clock, right down to the seconds. When my shift is over, I practically run for the door.