By what you have wrote it sounds very much like you have anxiety issues. It sounds far more than just being shy.
I would recommend going to see your doctor and explaining,as you have here,the torment you face on a daily basis. I personally would ask for CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) which will teach you how to respond differently to these situations and manage your anxiety better. If you can,try not to go down the medication route. In my opinion you should try several other options first such as therapy, meditations, relaxation, DIET, supplements etc... Also to help you feel calmer go to your local health food store and have a look for calming agents such as Valerian, camomile, Hops, passion flower. They may have tablets that have a combination of these herbs to compliment eachother, which will help to chill you.
Also seeing as you have spontaneous anxiety attacks you should also get a full check up from your doctor, he/she will probably do a full blood panel workup to make sure your fine, things such as an overactive Thyroid can cause anxiety, nervousness, panic attacks.
Vitamin Deficiencies can cause anxiety and panic attacks too, being low in EFA (essential fatty acids) like Omega 3 will do the same. So you may want to get the advice from a nutritionist and get some tests done to determine where your deficiency lies.... There is a condtion called Pyroluria which stops the body from absorbing vitamin B6 and Zinc, this condtion can go undetected for an entire life time so i would highly recommend googling and having a read up. B6 and Zinc, when the body is low can cause anything from anxiety right through to Schizophrenia.
Well hope something in this post will help you manage your anxiety.... and all the luck to you.
Let me know how you get on and take care.x
Hi, thanks so much for your reply!
I think that vitamin deficiencies sounds very likely, as I'm a university student so my diet isn't great. As of my last blood test I know that I am already low on iron, as my Mum, Aunt, and Grandma are all anaemic. So I will definitely look into what you have suggested.
Living in a student house I find it very hard to relax, a lot of the time it is hard to get a bit of quiet time by myself. I also live with my boyfriend so if I disappear to my room then he gets worried about me and won't leave me alone. So I will have a talk with him and see if I can get a bit more time by myself to relax.
I'm not too hot about going to see someone about this so I'm going to try the other things you have suggested first and see how it all goes.
Thanks again for your helpful reply! x