Hi, I'm not sure if I really suffer from social anxiety but I do suffer from something similar to it at least. Haven't seeked professional help yet, only just started talking to a counselor online. They can't diagnose what's wrong with me but so far, it's between social anxiety and schizophrenia. I tried telling my family members about it but they think it's nothing and all in my head. So for now, I'm trying to do without professional help and see where it gets me. Been trying to pluck up the courage to face my fears. There's a gathering next week that I can't get out of but I've been worried sick about it. Everytime I go for gatherings, I think people are laughing and talking about me. I hear them saying things. Some of them I think are real, sometimes I can't tell if they're real or not. I've been trying to avoid social situations but I can't get out of this one. Hopefully, I'll survive it!