I’m about to turn fifteen years old. I was born on my aunt’s sixteenth birthday, and my brother was born on my sixth. In short, we all share a birthday. I’ve never had my own birthday party before, not that I ever want one. I have severe social anxiety, and our family is really big. Every year, around 20 people come to my house for a few hours. I’m not allowed to hide in my room because, according to my father, I shouldn’t be afraid of my own family. This year he is taking us to Stop-N-Play. I’m terrified of going to arcades, especially since there’s so many people. He’s already made reservations for a party area, and I’m considering faking sick to stay home. I’m working on my social anxiety, but I’m not ready to go there yet. I can barely get through the school day. What should I do?