I know and understand how horrible social anxiety can be. And I’ve been through very similar situations with friends and others in my life.
It’s hard to know what’s triggered these feelings for you, is there anything else going on in your life at the moment that is stressful or that you’re worried about?
I think even depression can bring on symptoms of social anxiety.
Some things that I think can help anyone with social anxiety are;
Reduce or stop caffeine altogether; stop drinking alcohol; if you’re a smoker try to give this up;
Eat healthy, exercise, sleep, get sunshine, spend time relaxing and doing things you enjoy, prayer
If the above doesn’t help, maybe see a GP, and before you decide to go on any medication, get a blood test which includes checks on your hormones, thyroid function, because changes in these can cause emotional and mental changes and it sounds like your social anxiety has just started to get worse over the last year or couple of months?
It would really help if you could speak to someone openly about everything though, family or friends maybe or even the beyond blue support line?
Be kind to yourself and be kind, caring and considerate to others. Helping others/being nice is an anxiety killer!! Doesn’t have to be someone you know either.