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Hi Dejavu, I was interested reading your posts and also welcome you to the forum. You will find some wonderful and friendly people here that you can talk to or get advice if you want. I am always willing to chat. I too suffer from depression and am having a hard time as I am often alone in the summer. If you don't like going out in public you may have social anxiety which is treatable. I know my son's fiance has that problem and she is very shy. If you can go out with one person to an event or dinner that might be the answer. I don't think it is good to isolate yourself at home. Do you live alone and do you have family nearby you can feel comfortable with? It is good that you have your art to keep you busy. I needlepoint, garden and read a lot and that keeps my mind occupied. I do need to be around people so I always try to set up things to do especially on the weekends. I also am a volunteer at my local Senior Citizen center and that is very rewarding. Maybe you can find an activity to try with some one and see how it goes. Also, couseling if you can get it where you are would beneficial. I wish you the best and post anytme -I will answer you. Take care.
Have you ever been alone in a room full of people. I have, and it is very undcomfortable.
To answer you last question, you should see your physician first to make sure you have no physical issues going on. A combination of psychotherapy and medications is the usual choice at this time to treat social phobias.
CBT is very helpful for many people. If you have questions on treatment modalities please just ask and someone will give you the information.
Bless you and know I am here for you.
Kitt, Moderator: Anxiety, Panic & Depression *~*