Well, good luck to you.
I'll be following this with interest because I've never really gotten over my social anxiety. I've had it since I was a little kid. I'm not sure about everyone, but mine stemmed from depression. It began as "just not fitting in", then went to lack of self confidence, and it just became habit. I had plenty of opportunities to get over it, but I guess part of me likes being a loner. I regret it now because my good friends are now dispersed all over the world, literally, and I have no idea how to make new ones.
I've always been very self-conscious around others but I'm not sure why. In my own head I don't lack self confidence, or at least I didn't before this anxiety/panic set in. It's still a mystery to me. Even if my newfound Klonopin works as advertised, I still have a lot of work to do before I can be the person I want to be. I've regressed quite a bit personally, and lately I've regressed professionally as well.
Since I obviously can't cope yet, I can't offer much in the way of advice. I will say that I think depression and anxiety are very closely related, and among anxiety sufferers social anxiety would have to be pretty common. Theoretically, I guess, coping would involve dealing with both depression and anxiety. During therapy the social anxiety element would have to be given special attention.
Again, I hope people respond to this because it's sure to be helpful for a lot of people.