Social anxiety is characterized by intense fear and panic when it comes to the idea of being involved in a social situation. It can profoundly affect your life and ability to manage it. Many people don’t like going out and interacting with people and may feel shy and uncomfortable. Social anxiety is so much more than that.
This is a chronic mental health condition that can keep people from being able to live their life normally.
There are many different signs and symptoms of a social anxiety disorder. They include:
– Fear of situations where you might be judged
– Worried about embarrassing or humiliating yourself
– Intense fear of interacting or talking with strangers
– Fear that others will see your anxiety
– Fear of the physical symptoms of stress that can cause embarrassment like sweating, trembling or having a shaky voice
– Avoiding doing many things or speaking to people because you’re worried you will embarrass yourself
– Avoiding any situations where you might be the center of attention
– Having anxiety just thinking about a feared activity or event
– Enduring social conditions with intense fear or anxiety
– Spending time after a socializing constantly reanalyzing how you acted and every last mistake you made
– Expecting the worst to happen if you have a bad social experience.
Few physical symptoms can go along with social anxiety, and they can be embarrassing. These symptoms include:
– Dizziness or lightheadedness
– Fast heartbeat
– Feeling that your mind has gone blank
– Muscle tension
– Trouble catching your breath
– Upset stomach or nausea
Social anxiety can make interacting difficult especially when it comes to making friends or being able to work.