Do you fear being judged by others? Do you feel self-conscious in social situations? Do you avoid meeting new people because you are afraid or anxious? You may have social anxiety disorder if you have been feeling this way for at least 6 months and these feelings make it difficult for you to do everyday tasks, such as talking to people at work or school.
You can experience social anxiety and appear confident, social anxiety isn’t always visible to others, even though it might still be very draining for the person experiencing it.
Social anxiety disorder is characterised by an intense and persistent fear of being observed and judged by others. This anxiety can interfere with work, school, and other daily activities. It can even make making and keeping friends difficult. The good news is that social anxiety disorder can be treated. Learn more about social anxiety disorder symptoms and how to get help.
Social Anxiety can show up as :
- Over preparing for social situations
- Nervous rambling & over sharing
- Cancelling at the last minute
- Excessive substance use to make social interactions easier
- Feelings inadequate or awkward
- Physical symptoms : sweating, rapid heart rate, hyperventilating
- Replaying past conversations and situations in your head
- Expecting things to go wrong
- Feeling like everyone is looking at you and judging you
- Interpreting other people’s response in a negative way
- Anticipatory anxiety before socialising
- Being heavily critical of yourself after social situations
Do you experience social anxiety? How does social anxiety show up for you?