I can relate to the anxiety and fear of going out, especially if it involves a social situation. I need to be mentally prepared for any social outing; otherwise, it can send me into a panic. My husband is just the opposite; he loves spur-of-the moment outings. I have had to tell him repeatedly that I don't handle things like that well.
I also agree with broady about
forcing yourself to go out. One thing I notice about
myself is this: I can feel some dread about
going out and socializing initially; but by the time I get there, I find that I actually have a very good time. And then when I get home, I find that I'm glad I went.
Diagnosed with: seizure disorder in 1962; seizure-free since 1969, anorexia from 1968-1969; IBS-D in 1996, Mild depression, anxiety, & OCD in 2000, (probably had since childhood); PMDD in 2001, Dysfunctional tear syndrome in 2009; Meds: Phenobarbitol, Paxil, Allegra; Supplements: Citrucel tablets; many vitamins, minerals & herbs - too many to list here