I'm 17, and unlike most people my age, i prefer to be alone. I have a few close friends.. about 4 who i hang out with throughout the week. I enjoy seeing them 2-3 days each week, but i can't take anymore than that.. it's not that i don't like them, they are brilliant friends, and we have alot in common.. but when i am around people.. my mum, my friend, a stranger, anyone.. i am constantly worrying that i am going to say something stupid, and i constantly think "what can i say next", or "what are they thinking of me".. and it drains me.. i'd rather be alone in my room listening to music, or watching a film, in peace, rather than out socialising. About an hour ago, one of my friends asked me if i wanted to go shopping tommorrow and i said that i didn't feel well.. which was a lie. i feel really bad, because i can't tell her the real reason. does anyone else ever feel a similar way?