Social Anxiety Disorder causes a person to feel distressed in social situations. It’s an extreme form of shyness. The socially anxious person can’t relax or “take it easy” around people. They feel so self-conscious about being judged by others that they’ll go out of their way to avoid talking to people or mingling in a group. Social anxiety can cause physical symptoms such as trembling, nausea, and sweating in social settings.

Social Anxiety Disorder can make it hard to meet new people, maintain relationships and get work done. It’s also a treatable condition. If you feel like your shyness or fear of interacting with people might be Social Anxiety Disorder, it’s important to reach out for help.

Symptoms of Social Anxiety Disorder:

  • Intense fear of interacting with strangers
  • Fear of situations in which people might judge you
  • Worrying about embarrassing or humiliating yourself
  • Fear that others will notice that you look anxious
  • Anxiety that disrupts your daily routine, work or school
  • Avoiding doing things out of fear of embarrassment
  • Avoiding situations where you might be the center of attention
  • Difficulty making eye contact or talking to people
  • Physical symptoms like blushing, sweating, trembling, racing heartbeat and upset stomach

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