I'm somewhat trash.
Join Date: Mar 2018
Location: The newest of yorks.
Language: American English
Yeah, I'm in a similar boat, it's hard for a (almost)27 year old that can barely muster the courage to write a forum post to go out there in the Big Wide World and navigate adult friendships, but I'm trying.
I have S.A.D and agoraphobia so I barely ever had friends IRL, it's mostly been internet friends.
My teen years were during 2005-2011, so it was even less accepted back then but at least it seemed a tad easier due to my age range. Now it seems ridiculously hard.
The only advice I have for you is to work your way up, I call it laddering.
Try elevating your contact with people, overtime, slowly easing yourself into newer social situations.
Exposure might help you build a small level of tolerance.
(EX: texting > voice chatting > video call > ect.)
It's the only thing that's ever helped me in my time tackling anxiety. Sorry I can't be of more help.
"Touch every county, let yourself be land.
Open all the inches to help you understand.
Never try to justify a listless sense of longing
With any sort of weakness,
Just play this song and go to Tixis. "