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How do I stop being so shy and awkward?

I was really outgoing and loud (a bit too much at times <<) a few years ago, but not anymore. I got diagnosed with clinical depression and I'm only now fulling getting over it. This caused me to withdraw and not want to be me. Don't worry, I'm better now! :D The problem is, no matter how hard I try I just can't talk to people. I try to, but it won't happen. It just comes out as awkward and quiet words, and I can't say what's in my mind. I have heard a lot of advice along the lines of "just practice by saying hi to a lot of people" or "force yourself to do it" or the other information that comes from Googling it. But nothing helps. I can be myself not in-person, but I really don't want to be this shy girl. I miss the old me. Any help, advice, or tips?

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I didn't really read into the description a lot. But. There will come a point in your life, that YOU WILL GET TIRED OF BEING SO LONELY AND SAD. That the time will come that you'd get mad at yourself for being so not in control of your life and at THAT point you either SINK or SWIM. Make the choice to BE YOU. YES, you won't make everyone happy. You can NEVER make EVERYONE happy. There are critics all the time who will bump you and try to get you to pick the wrong direction but you. YOU are in control. Take it and grip it and take yourself where you want to go.

Adversity shows one's true character. I can feel you just need a good push to get things started. So? GO! :) Find your happiness.

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Talk to one person your comfortable with then slowly expand it to other people.

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