I have been struggling with deep loneliness and feelings of despair. I have very few people I can call friends. A while back I went on a "meetup" and had dinner with 15 women I didn't know. It was a challenge; I have always been shy but this surge of social awkwardness was awful. I was ill prepared. Things came up in conversation, like why did you get divorced? I have handled it by saying he is a drug addict or being super vague. I don't know how to respond to inquiries about my personal life. I don't want to be dishonest and yet I feel incredibly vulnerable. I am gong to a party on Saturday night that I will know very few people. I have full blown social phobia now! Not that it is topical for a dinner party, but when or do you talk about it with "new" friends? What about with potential intimate relationships?
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