What is Social Anxiety Disorder?

Feeling overwhelmed or nervous in social situations, such as when:

  • Being introduced to new people
  • Being teased
  • Being the center of attention
  • Being watched
  • Meeting people in authority
  • Feeling insecure
  • Making eye contact

These feelings can’t be controlled.

Symptoms: If you have social anxiety, you may:
  • avoid groups of people or public events,
  • act quiet or shy,
  • drink alcohol or smoke to function socially
  • have obsessive thoughts
  • lose friendships
  • use technology to avoid being with people
  • fear of being misjudged

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Physical Symptoms:
  • Sweating
  • Shaking
  • Nausea
  • Heart beating fast
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Breathing issues
  • Blushing
  • Dry mouth
Treatments:
  • Medications/antidepressants
  • Medicine that makes you happy
  • Talk/behavioral therapy