Social anxiety disorder or social phobia is a surprisingly common condition that can sometimes be hard to identify. If you are concerned that you or a loved one might be suffering from social anxiety there are a few signs you can watch for.
Many people are apprehensive in new social situations but a person with social anxiety will be visibly terrified. They may even experience panic attacks when put in certain situations.
A person with social anxiety may be extremely self-conscious around other people which may prevent them from speaking much. They are often scared they will embarrass themselves or be rejected in some way.
They may feel like they have nothing of value to contribute, even when the discussion is on a subject they are passionate or knowledgeable about. They will often obsess over thoughts that other people don’t like them or are thinking poorly of them.
Those with social anxiety may well go out of their way to avoid social situations or any place where they might be forced to speak to another person or be put in a situation that makes them feel uncomfortable. They may often cancel plans at the last minute.
If someone seems to fade into the background a lot because they are too nervous about voicing their opinions, they may have social anxiety. They may avoid eye contact and their body language may indicate withdrawal and defensive thoughts.
It’s natural to worry a little about some social events but if you begin worrying way in advance and planning how you might avoid it, this can indicate social anxiety. This is especially true if the worry affects you so much that it inhibits your everyday life and causes issues such as digestive problems, like a loss of appetite, and problems with sleeping.
There are other physical symptoms of social anxiety that may occur when you’re put in unconfutable situations. Blushing, shortness of breath, nausea, trembling sweating and numbness can all be indicators.
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