Although i personally cant identify as i am an extrovert and a socialiser, i do understand some of it- my weight gain and agoraphobia have made me a little more socially awkward than i used to be. but thats not why i replied.
One of my very best friends has been diagnosed with social phobia- many years ago, by a child pyschologist when we were in primary school. the only thing that has helped her fight this is by using CBT and putting herself in social situations with a small group of people, then a slightly larger group and so on. she still struggles if we go somewhere like a party together- i do the talking. she can get so phobic in social situations that she breaks out in hives. she is now 29 and is much better at managing her condition. she will always be reclusive and will always have a very small 'inner sanctum' of friends, a handful that she totally trusts, but at least with CBT and therapy she has gained a better quality of life than what she used to live with.
i hope this helps in some way, if only to let you know that you are not alone.
i suggest you try and use this time at college to broaden your horizons and meet new people. what is the absolute worst thing that can happen? just take little steps, one step at a time.
p.s i avoid crowds, the city, public transport in rush hour etc. all of those things make me incredibly anxious.
'He heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds.' (Psalm 147:3)
Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, CFS, Fibromyalgia, TMJ disorder, Endometriosis, PCOS, Chronic E.N.T infections, Reactive Arthritis, GERD, Sinusitis, IBS, Allergies, Glandular fever, Migraines, Anemia, Chemical/Noise/Light sensitivity, Trichotilomania, PTSD, Seasonal Mood Disorder, OCD, Benign Vertigo, Impaired immune system. Tachycardia, tinnitus, low clotting factor= bruising. Tendonitis, Bursitis.
Meds: Zoloft 150mg. Xanax 4mg. Celebrex. Mobic. Panadeine Forte. Digesic. Nexium.
Multiple surgeries- I bear the scars of my poor physical health.
Age:28. First diagnosed at 14. Proud Aussie.