Understand Social Anxiety Disorder

“Why is everyone looking at me?”

“I can’t go to the party, I won’t know what to say”

“I just know everyone is talking about how red my face was in class yesterday!”



These are just a few examples of the thoughts that people with social anxiety disorder may have running through their minds.  Many people who suffer with social anxiety disorder don’t even realize there is a name for the painful emotions they struggle with every second of every day.

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A person with social anxiety disorder could be afraid in a variety  of social settings:

  • at school or work
  • at the grocery store
  • at home visiting with a friend
  • and the list goes on…

People with social anxiety are plagued with a variety of physical, cognitive and behavioral symptoms.  The physical symptoms seem to cause the most difficulty while the person is in the social situation because people can see (at least this is the perception from the eyes of the person with social anxiety).  One to two symptoms are usually most problematic:

Physical symptoms:

  • Blushing
  • Loss of concentration
  • Racing heart
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sweating
  • Tightness in chest
  • Trembling hands
  • Tunnel vision
  • And more…