What Is Social Anxiety Disorder?

Symptoms of Social Anxiety Disorder

Social interaction may cause the following physical symptoms:

  • blushing
  • nausea
  • excessive sweating
  • trembling or shaking
  • difficulty speaking
  • dizziness or lightheartedness
  • rapid heart rate

Psychological symptoms may include:

  • worrying intensely about social situations
  • worrying for days or weeks before an event
  • avoiding social situations or trying to blend into the background if you must attend
  • worrying about embarrassing yourself in a social situation
  • worrying that other people will notice you are stressed or nervous
  • needing alcohol to face a social situation
  • missing school or work because of anxiety

It is normal to sometimes feel anxious. However, when you have social phobia, you have a constant fear of being judged by others or humiliated in front of them. You may avoid all social situations, including:

  • asking a question
  • job interviews
  • shopping
  • using public restrooms
  • talking on the phone
  • eating in public

Symptoms of social anxiety may not occur in all situations. You can have limited or selective anxiety. For example, symptoms may only occur when you’re eating in front of people or talking to strangers. Symptoms can occur in all social settings if you have an extreme case.

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