These days I spend almost all of my time by myself alone, either in my room and in my house. I go out, but not much, only as much as I am able to. There are times when the loneliness gets to be so much that it feels like I am in solitary confinement, but it does pass. But what I am finding is that the more time I spend like this, the more I am getting used to it and even comfortable with it, I can handle it, even find pleasure in it at times.
The problem now has become being around people. If I go out and do errands and don't stay out for too long I am fine. The problem occurs when I have to be around people for longer periods of time and on a regular basis such as school, or work, or a social event. Just being in the proximity of people, especially if I have to engage and socialize, will make me feel ten times worse.
All of my symptoms exacerbate when I am around people. This includes anxiety, depression, ocd rumination, mood swings, agitation, irritability, paranoia, dissociation, fear, delusions, borderline symptoms; like I am going to get psychotic and lose touch with reality.
Can anyone else relate? If so, how do you cope and deal with it?