Social Anxiety Disorder
Social Anxiety Disorder, sometimes called social phobia, affects approximately 15 million American adults and is the second most commonly diagnosed anxiety disorder. For many people, it doesn't go away on its own without treatment. It's important to manage the thoughts and physical symptoms associated with the disorder and create a healthier quality of life.
What is a Social Anxiety Disorder?
Psychology Today describes a person who has Social Anxiety Disorder as having "a persistent, intense, and chronic fear of being watched and judged by others and of being embarrassed or humiliated by their own actions."
Social Anxiety Disorder often runs in families and a person may experience other anxiety disorders, such as panic disorder. It is important to seek professional treatment and not turn to self-medicate with alcohol or drugs which can lead to addiction.
Social Anxiety Symptoms Can Include:
- Difficulty talking
- Muscle tension
- Shaky voice
- Cold and clammy hands
- Difficulty making eye contact
- Rapid heart rate
- Avoid places with people
- Fear of judgemnt