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Anthropophobia=Fear of People?!

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I suffer from a condition called anthropophobia. It is different that social phobia. It is a rare phobia where the sufferer is afraid of other people. I have no friends besides my sister. I am estranged from my family. I was abused physically, sexually, financially, and emotionally throughout my childhood up until my late twenties. I was bullied and jumped many times throughout my life, the most recent being last year. People scare me. I can't even make eye contact with others. I especially avoid eye contact with angry people. I am afraid they will say someting rude or attack me. I can't be around groups of people with out having a panick attack. I get nervous and shaky when someone stares at me too long. I hate feeling weak. I hate people knowing I'm afraid of them. I try to hide it and I fail. It hurts being afraid of what you need the most. I need friends. I need a loving family. I need a loving partner. :cry2: Does anyone else have this weird fear?
 
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oh yes. very much so. I am very afraid of people for the same reasons you listed above. Too bad it is also a natural human desire to be social or this would not be a problem. You have every reason to be afraid. people are terrible and the ones who are suppose to love and protect you the most are usually the worst offenders. But this is only my personal opinion. I'm sure most would say people are generally good. I have not seen much evidence of this. But like you, I also need love and people to talk to. it's a constant internal battle. it's exhausting.
 
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I suffer from a condition called anthropophobia. It is different that social phobia. It is a rare phobia where the sufferer is afraid of other people. I have no friends besides my sister. I am estranged from my family. I was abused physically, sexually, financially, and emotionally throughout my childhood up until my late twenties. I was bullied and jumped many times throughout my life, the most recent being last year. People scare me. I can't even make eye contact with others. I especially avoid eye contact with angry people. I am afraid they will say someting rude or attack me. I can't be around groups of people with out having a panick attack. I get nervous and shaky when someone stares at me too long. I hate feeling weak. I hate people knowing I'm afraid of them. I try to hide it and I fail. It hurts being afraid of what you need the most. I need friends. I need a loving family. I need a loving partner. :cry2: Does anyone else have this weird fear?
I don't have this fear, but I treat people with Anthropophobia and there is no need of keeping yourself in some other category as this very common. My suggestion for you to get a help of any professional who will be able to help you with your problems.
 
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I think I suffer from this, I don’t think it’s quite as bad as the OP, but over the last 5 years I’ve probably suffered with a relatively mild case of this. Hence practically been doing solitary for 5 years.
 
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I dont have a fear of people but I understand you. I have haphephobia or a fear of touch. I feel pain when I am touched and so I am isolating myself from people. I worked hard with a psychologists and this gave nothing. The only way is to face your fears with help from a psychiatrist or psychologist... Unfortunatly you cant do this if your fear is touch
 
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Thanks for your support everyone. :grouphug:
 
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For some reason my fear of men is now stronger than my fear of women. When ever I see a really big tall strong muscular man I get terrified and hurry away from him and place my hand in my pocket to reach for my pepper spray to defend myself if he attacks me. But why? Why am I so afraid of men now? A man won't just go attacking women for no reason. I would never provoke or hit a man. Or woman but still. Maybe it's because I know they are a lot stronger than me and could really hurt me. I did have men call me out to fight them but I never did. Hmm. Weird. I dunno. Are any of you other women afraid of men too?
 
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I still get afraid of angry women. I do have chronic pain, dizziness, and injuries. I do have to use a cane to prevent myself from falling. I couldn't defend myself from anyone. If I tried to run away from someone I'd fall and resprain my foot. People are just so scary. I'm too weak. :panic:
 
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I suffer from a lot of paranoia and don't like being around people but fear is just another emotion, try and repress it or indulge it and it will come back stronger, what helped me was mindfully detaching from it and observing it and it will go on it's merry way the same as any other thought or feeling. I still have the paranoid thoughts and feelings but most of the time I'm not as caught up in them as I used to be.
 
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Hi all, I'm new to this today. Although im so sorry to see that people are struggling, I'm relieved that I'm not so alone.
I have a duel diagnosis of anthropophobia and social anxiety (they are different 😊)
I've had issues with both at one point or another for nearly 35 years. Stemming from being seriously abused by people my whole life, same as it seems for others.
I am in a very bad, and potentially life threatening situation right now, and im not sure where to post what's going on. I don't want to stomp on this thread where someone else is reaching out for help.
Honestly, I think the biggest fear I have here, is that things are so bad, no one will believe me. That's a common thread throughout my life, people hear 'mental health issues' and immediately I cannot possibly know right from wrong or fact from fiction.
Could someone please tell me where I can post what is happening to me right now?
Thank you 😊
 
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Hi all, I'm new to this today. Although im so sorry to see that people are struggling, I'm relieved that I'm not so alone.
I have a duel diagnosis of anthropophobia and social anxiety (they are different 😊)
I've had issues with both at one point or another for nearly 35 years. Stemming from being seriously abused by people my whole life, same as it seems for others.
I am in a very bad, and potentially life threatening situation right now, and im not sure where to post what's going on. I don't want to stomp on this thread where someone else is reaching out for help.
Honestly, I think the biggest fear I have here, is that things are so bad, no one will believe me. That's a common thread throughout my life, people hear 'mental health issues' and immediately I cannot possibly know right from wrong or fact from fiction.
Could someone please tell me where I can post what is happening to me right now?
Thank you 😊
Hi @Desp47
You could start a thread in the introduction section?
That way you could get some help and support for yourself.
Welcome to the forum.
Hope you find it friendly and supportive here.
Hugs
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Hi @Desp47
You could start a thread in the introduction section?
That way you could get some help and support for yourself.
Welcome to the forum.
Hope you find it friendly and supportive here.
Hugs
Fox
Thank you so much! That's a great place to start. Really appreciate that.
 
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I've always had a fear of people since childhood more then a fear of other kids - mainly cos I know what people are capable of. Bullying made my early life hell.

I moved somewhere more remote as soon as I got the opportunity, alot more elderly people (I feel less threatend by them mostly) I have physical disabilities myself so know I wouldn't be able to defend myself now. Haven't been out socially since before the first lockdown and the amount of violence thats out there right now is not helping me want to return to going out in public spaces! ..and I hate gossip too!..and old folk are still guilty of this talking amongst themselves and some on SM discussing you there.

Used to do social media but now find that quite anxiety producing as the current trend seems to be just mindlessly attacking other people's posts. It's hard to know what you're allowed to say or do these day that won't be seen as 'bad' by the woke/snowflake brigade. It's easier to say and do nothing and keep to myself.
 
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I've always had a fear of people since childhood more then a fear of other kids - mainly cos I know what people are capable of. Bullying made my early life hell.

I moved somewhere more remote as soon as I got the opportunity, alot more elderly people (I feel less threatend by them mostly) I have physical disabilities myself so know I wouldn't be able to defend myself now. Haven't been out socially since before the first lockdown and the amount of violence thats out there right now is not helping me want to return to going out in public spaces! ..and I hate gossip too!..and old folk are still guilty of this talking amongst themselves and some on SM discussing you there.

Used to do social media but now find that quite anxiety producing as the current trend seems to be just mindlessly attacking other people's posts. It's hard to know what you're allowed to say or do these day that won't be seen as 'bad' by the woke/snowflake brigade. It's easier to say and do nothing and keep to myself.
Hiya, I hear you there! I've not had a social media presence for several years. I don't trust old people either, it's children I feel safe around. I feel very protective of children. I think perhaps I'm trying to protect them from the hurt and abuse I've known. I've not been out socially for 6 years. I've not had a haircut for two and a half years. I'm desperate to get to an optician. I've not been for three years, and I needed glasses quite badly then, but I couldn't go back to get said glasses, so now I have terrible vision. Dentist, I've been lucky there, I've got good teeth! I guess even I have to have something going for me 😁 but for how long? I will need a dentist eventually. There are smaller, but horrible issues that people don't even think of. What would you do if you couldn't get sanitary protection or toilet roll?
I don't know about you, but do you get treated like you are choosing all this? I have had people that are supposed to be supporting me, say things like, would you just make an effort to go do blah blah? Like all my difficulties are because I'm not making enough of an effort?!!! Would those people say that to someone struggling to get healthcare because of physical disabilities? No! They would not! So why is it ok to say that to me? Why do people think like that? Mental health disabilities have limitations too!! My bones ache from how hard I have to fight through each day! Good lord. I'm not doing this to myself, neither are you! This has been done to us! We do not deserve to be treated badly ON TOP of being treated badly!
I do not choose to live this way. I hate it. It's not worth living. I won't take myself out though, purely out of spite! They all know I am hugely at risk in here. And do not give a monkeys! I won't give them the satisfaction of making me disappear. Solve all their problems then wouldn't i? Nope. I'm hanging in as long as I can.
Not much I can do if my heart takes me out first.
Persevere is my power word. Makes me dig deep.
I know I've had better times with the anthropophobia. It's never been great, but there have been periods where I've been able to do things. That's what to hold onto. Fight for your right for help. It's not your fault the medical profession is horribly ill equipped to deal with mental health issues. That needs changed.
We should not suffer for the ignorance of those who should know better.
We get told not to be ashamed of mental health issues, but no wonder! The people that have treated me the worst, have been the healthcare providers, and if that's how we are treated by them, then why do we expect better from the general public? Shouldnt our health care systems be setting better examples?
All We can do is keep fighting. Change has to start somewhere.
Desp47
 
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I've always had a fear of people since childhood more then a fear of other kids - mainly cos I know what people are capable of. Bullying made my early life hell.

I moved somewhere more remote as soon as I got the opportunity, alot more elderly people (I feel less threatend by them mostly) I have physical disabilities myself so know I wouldn't be able to defend myself now. Haven't been out socially since before the first lockdown and the amount of violence thats out there right now is not helping me want to return to going out in public spaces! ..and I hate gossip too!..and old folk are still guilty of this talking amongst themselves and some on SM discussing you there.

Used to do social media but now find that quite anxiety producing as the current trend seems to be just mindlessly attacking other people's posts. It's hard to know what you're allowed to say or do these day that won't be seen as 'bad' by the woke/snowflake brigade. It's easier to say and do nothing and keep to myself.
Hiya again. Did you see my post explaining my situation in the introduction section? Will give you an idea of what it's like for me, so if you see things you relate to, at least you know you are so not alone! I've dealt with this issue for 35 years and I've found a lot that helps. So if there is anything I can do to help, please just ask.
Desp47
 
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