Social Anxiety Disorder
Fear and Anxiety in Social Situations
Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) is also commonly called Social Phobia. People with SAD have an excessive fear of social situations. They suffer from extreme self-consciousness and worry that they will embarrass themselves in front of other people. They are very fearful of making mistakes and being judged by others. People with SAD tend to believe that the people they interact with have poor opinions of them.
Social Anxiety Disorder interrupts a person's ability to get through day to day life. It might be very difficult for a person with SAD to:
- Make eye contact
- Be introduced to strangers
- Give presentations to a room full of people
- Order from a waiter at a restaurant
- Call to make a doctor's appointment
- Use public restrooms
As a result of this intense anxiety, these individuals may resort to avoiding all situations in which they might interact with people they don't know or don't feel comfortable with. This avoidance can cause sufferers to become even more separated from the outside world and even from loved ones.
If a social meeting is planned that cannot be avoided, sufferers will often have an intense period of heightened anxiety as they prepare for and anticipate the event. This increased anxiety can lead to panic attacks.
Some people with SAD may experience physical symptoms related to their anxiety such as:
- Upset stomach
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