What is Social Anxiety?
Someone suffering from social anxiety feels intensely worried about socialising and interacting with others, either in particular social situations or all social situations. They may feel a mixture of fear, apprehension, and panic about being rejected, misunderstood, embarrassed, or perceived negatively during social interactions.
These feelings are more intense and debilitating than regular feelings of shyness that we all sometimes feel. They might come to the person before, during, or after social exchanges and can cause the person to feel great distress, even in anticipation of such situations. .
As a result, they begin to avoid any or all social situations that act as triggers for their feelings of anxiety. This impacts their quality of life and can worsen as time progresses, and can prevent them from progressing in their career, forming and maintaining relationships, and living a normal life. If this sounds like you, you might be experiencing social anxiety disorder(SAD).
* Please remember that only a licensed mental health professional can diagnose you, and refrain from taking medication and undertaking treatment without professional recommendation.