Social anxiety disorder is much more than “shyness”. It can be intense fear and anxiety over simple everyday activities, such as shopping or speaking on the phone.
Many people sometimes worry about certain social situations, but someone with social anxiety disorder will worry excessively about them before, during and afterwards. They fear doing or saying something they think will be embarrassing or humiliating, such as blushing, sweating or appearing incompetent.
This type of phobia has a disruptive or disabling impact on a person’s life. It can severely affect a person’s confidence and self-esteem, interfere with relationships and impair performance at work or school.
People who suffer with social phobia often dread everyday activities, such as:
- meeting strangers
- talking in groups or starting conversations
- speaking on the telephone
- talking to authority figures
- eating or drinking in company
They can often have feelings of:
- low self-esteem
- insecurity about their relationships
- fearing being criticised
- a need to avoid eye-to-eye contact
People can often misuse drugs or alcohol in order to reduce their anxiety.
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