Our expert says:
This sounds rather like a Social Anxiety Disorder, which can respond really excellently to standard treatment, medicinal, or psychological, or both combined. Try seeng a shrink fo an assessment and advice on treatment, and consider counselling. There are many thousands of people out there who used to feel exactly like you describe, and they're doing fine now, happy and confident in social situations. And good advice all round from our readers, well worth reading carefully.
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