What is Social Anxiety?

What is Social Anxiety?

By jaguarundi | psychology | 15 Sep 2021

We like to think that we are in control of our social interactions and that we can choose when and how to interact with other people. However, this is not always the case. There is a lot of anxiety that we experience in our day-to-day lives whether it be small or big.

Asperger's, depression, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and social anxiety disorder (SAD) are all things that cause individuals to feel socially anxious. The severity of these illnesses vary from person to person but they all have the same effects on the individual's life: feeling "out of place" in normal social situations.

Effective methods for coping with these disorders include having a strong support system and engaging in therapeutic activities such as counseling sessions or group therapy sessions. 




Social anxiety can be diagnosed as either generalized social phobia, which means that the person has a fear of more than just one type of social situation, or as selective social phobia, which means that the person only fears certain types of social situations. Social anxiety disorder is diagnosed if the person has persistent and excessive feelings of physical and emotional distress in more than one type of social situation.

The signs and symptoms for this condition include: excessive worrying about being judged or embarrassed in front of people, feeling nervous before and during any kind of interaction with others, needing reassurance from other people before going into a public place such as an elevator, theater etc., having an increased heart rate and heightened blood pressure

When it comes to social anxiety, the worst thing is not the sufferer's fear of being judged or embarrassed. The worst thing is that they are scared to get out of their comfort zone and into the world.

Social anxiety can be anything from a few behaviors that are outside of our normal routine, to crippling phobia which prevents people from leaving their homes.

The causes for this disorder are many and varied. It could be because you grew up in an environment where you were constantly criticized or made fun of, or maybe you've always been afraid to speak up for yourself. Whatever the reason behind your social anxiety, there are ways for you to cope with it.

Social anxiety is understood as the third most common mental health problem among adolescents after depression and substance abuse. It affects approximately 7%-20% of high school students.




The signs and symptoms of social anxiety are often misinterpreted as shyness or introvertedness, but it can be very difficult for those with the condition to control their feelings. The following are some common symptoms:

-Being afraid to talk to people and participate in conversations

-Anxiety when looking at other people or making eye contact with them

-Feeling sick or having a racing heart when talking in front of groups

-Feganlty blushing, sweating, shaking, and stammering when talking to others

There are many treatments for social anxiety disorder including counseling, cognitive behavioral therapy, and medication.

Medication is the most common treatment for social anxiety disorder. SSRIs are a type of medication that can help decrease symptoms of social anxiety. In some cases, beta blockers may be prescribed to stop the physical symptoms that come with anxiety such as shaking or blushing. It is important to know that no one treatment works for everyone and there may be a trial-and-error period before finding what works best.

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