Understand Social Anxiety Disorder

What is anxiety?

There are many different types of anxiety, just as there are many types of anxiety disorders. People often suffer with social anxiety disorder and don’t even realize it. Someone with social anxiety disorder can be afraid in a variety of social settings such as at school or work, at the store, or at home visiting with a friend. They may have a fear of embarrassment, or feel like they are being watched in social situations. Anticipation of a social event can have as much emotional impact as being in the situation.

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Social anxiety symptoms

People with social anxiety disorder suffer from a variety of physical, cognitive and behavioral symptoms. The physical symptoms may include:

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

Emotional and behavioral symptoms of social anxiety disorder* may include:

  • Fear of situations in which you may be judged
  • Worrying about embarrassing or humiliating yourself
  • Intense fear of interacting or talking with strangers
  • Fear that others will notice that you look anxious
  • Fear of physical symptoms that may cause you embarrassment, such as blushing, sweating, trembling or having a shaky voice
  • Avoiding doing things or speaking to people out of fear of embarrassment
  • Avoiding situations where you might be the center of attention
  • Having anxiety in anticipation of a feared activity or event
  • Enduring a social situation with intense fear or anxiety
  • Spending time after a social situation analyzing your performance and identifying flaws in your interactions
  • Expecting the worst possible consequences from a negative experience during a social situation

*According to the Mayo Clinic.

Lisa Klarner knows the how to recognize anxiety and stress symptoms AND treat them. She consults with you, as a guide, so you can develop strategies that work for YOU to overcome social anxiety or other anxiety disorders such as generalized anxiety disorder.