Our expert says:
What you're describing sounds more like a form of social anxiety disorder, and something which should respond well to proper treatment, which would increase your freedom to feel free to enjoy life and company, far more than you do.
Ideally, you\d need to see a psychiatrist or psychologist for a full assessment and diagnosis, and then a discussion of treatment options. These should include CBT style counselling, which can help you gain personal control of these feelings of anxiety when other people are close, and related issues, and maybe some medication which is also used to treat depression but can be useful here, too. It sounds as though part of the problem may be that you have over-generalized from some significant horrible experiences where other people hurt you, to excessive assumptions that everyone else is either bound to hurt you or pointless to know. get the expert help you deserve
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