Our expert says:
Could be a form of social anxiety disorder, which responds really well to some medications and to CBT counselling / psychotherapy. Trying to drag her out of her shell, as you have noticed, often just pushes her more firmly back into it. But the therapy will help her come out and enjoy socializing, more gently and effectively. She doesn't have to be "like any other child her age" --- she can be even better than that ! And she may well have low self-esteem, and low self-confidence, which CBT could help her correct, so as to be able to enjoy social life more, while remaining true to her personality which may be as a more private person than most
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