What Is It?
People with social anxiety fear being judged or remarked on. This can result in acute self-consciousness and fear of doing something ‘stupid’ in front of others. For example, dinner invitations might be refused because of the fear of unintentionally shooting a few peas across the table or dropping some food on the floor. This type of situation would be ‘disastrous’ for a person with Social Anxiety.
Many people experience a degree of shyness in the company of strangers, but if the fear dominates your life, you could be suffering from social phobia.
Many people experience a degree of shyness in the company of strangers, but if the fear dominates your life, you could be suffering from social anxiety disorder.
- Low self-esteem
- Trouble being assertive
- Negative self-talk
- Hypersensitivity to criticism
- Poor social skills
- Isolation and difficult social relationships
- Low academic and employment achievement
- Substance abuse, such as drinking too much alcohol
- Suicide or suicide attempts
Other types of anxiety and certain other mental health disorders, particularly major depressive disorder and substance abuse problems, often occur in parallel with Social Anxiety Disorder.