I don't like to be alone all the time, but sometimes when I'm around people, I have no idea how to act. I tend to get overwhelmed easily, to make sure I'm acting the right way so people won't perceive me as strange or something. Sometimes it's hard for me even to talk to people that I know fairly well, because I'll just get nervous and avoid eye contact. I get annoyed easily when I am out in public, especially around loud, obnoxious, or rude people. It's a bit of sensory overload, I tend to block things out or space out a bit. I'm sure my annoyance can come across in my demeanor or facial expressions, and then people wonder what is wrong with me. Once I went into a crowded store, and had to leave once again when I just couldn't handle being there. In school I was quiet and timid, sometimes not even speaking when spoken to. I would just make some awkward gesture or nod or whatever. I know people thought something was wrong with me, and I'm sure they still do. I get chastised for being too quiet, but then other times I get told to shut up. It's all really confusing and hurtful to me. I don't feel like I fit in, socially and probably in other ways too. Has anyone ever dealt with anything like this, and if so, how do you deal with it?