Our expert says:
Sounds like this could be a variety of Social Anxiety Disorder, which fortunately responds very well indeed to CBT ( COgnitive-Behaviour Therapy ) a well-researched and effective form of counselling, and to some medications, too. As you are not a fan of medications, check with SADAG ( number on this page ) for helpm in finding a shrink who can provide an assessment and disgnosis and CBT. Being gay is probably not relevant here, at most affecting where you might be when you find social situations a bit overwhelming, rather than the fact that the overwhelm you at all
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