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Social Anxiety Disorder
I'm so anxious around
"people that my heart beats
out of control. I sweat and
my face gets red. I just
know everyone is staring at
For information visit www.adaa.org or contact me when my voice cracks,
Anxiety Disorders Association of America
8730 Georgia Ave., Suite 600 and I can't say one word.
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone: 240-485-1001
Anxiety Disorders Association of America
What is social anxiety shortness of breath, dizziness, and headaches.
disorder? About 20 percent of people with this disorder
also suffer from alcohol abuse or dependence.
Most of us feel anxious before making a Although alcohol can temporarily reduce symp-
presentation, asking someone on a date, or toms, even moderate amounts can increase
going on a job interview. Butterflies in your anxiety, irritability, or depression.
stomach, sweaty palms, and pounding heart
are normal responses to a new or intimidat- What's the difference between
ing social situation. But 15 million American normal anxiety and social anxiety disorder?
adults with social anxiety disorder experience Normal Anxiety Social Anxiety Disorder
an intense fear of being scrutinized and nega-
tively evaluated by others in social or perfor- Feeling anxious before Turning down a well-
mance situations. Some literally feel sick from making a presentation, earned promotion
fear while ordering food in a restaurant, sign-
leading a meeting, or that might involve
asking for a raise public speaking
ing their name in public, making a phone call,
or other seemingly nonthreatening situations.
Although they recognize that the fear is Feeling shy or awkward Feeling too anxious
excessive and unreasonable, people with when walking into a to attend your office
social anxiety disorder, also called social room full of strangers holiday party
phobia, feel powerless against their anxiety.
They are terrified of being embarrassed
or humiliated. Feeling nervous or the jitters Refusing a social
before a blind date invitation for fear of
Physical symptoms may include blushing, embarrassing yourself
sweating, trembling, nausea, rapid heartbeat,
About Anxiety Disorders
Anxiety is normal. It helps us get out of harm's The term "anxiety disorders" refers to
way and prepare for important events. generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), obsessive-
It warns us when we need to take action. But compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder,
if you have anxiety that is persistent, irrational, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), social
and overwhelming and interferes with daily anxiety disorder, and specific phobias.
activities, you may have an anxiety disorder.
For more information, visit www.adaa.org.
Anxiety Disorders Association of America www.adaa.org
How can social anxiety disorder affect
your life?
Social anxiety disorder can disrupt family life,
reduce self-esteem, and limit work efficiency.
For some, it can be socially and economically
devastating. It may make it difficult to com-
plete school, interview and obtain a job, and
develop friendships and romantic relationships.
The disorder is often selective. Some people may
have an intense fear of talking to a salesperson
or giving a speech, but they may be comfort-
able in other similar settings. Other people may
become anxious during routine activities such
as starting a conversation with a stranger or a
person in authority, participating in meetings or
"I was so relieved when my
doctor put a name to my
problem, to discover that
there are other people like
me, to learn that
classes, or dating and attending parties. there is hope.
What causes social anxiety disorder?
Studies suggest that biological, genetic, and options are available, and what you
environmental factors play a role. Equally to fully participate in your recovery
need to do
common among men and women, the disor-
der typically begins around age 13, sometimes How can ADAA help you?
emerging out of a childhood history of shyness.
It appears to run in families. Suffering from social anxiety disorder can inter-
fere with many aspects of your life. ADAA can
provide the resources that will help you and
What treatments are available? your loved ones better understand your condi-
Most people find significant improvement with tion, connect you with a community of people
professional care. Many forms of treatment who know what you are experiencing, and
are available, including cognitive-behavioral assist you in finding mental health profession-
therapy (CBT), relaxation techniques, medica- als who can help.
tion, and combination therapy, which includes Visit ADAA at www.adaa.org to locate doctors
behavioral therapy and medications. and therapists who treat anxiety disorders as
Learn more about treatment at www.adaa.org. well as local support groups. Learn about the
There is no single best treatment. What works causes, symptoms, and treatments for anxiety
for one person may not be the best choice for disorders; review questions to ask a therapist or
someone else. A course of treatment should doctor; and find helpful materials to help family
be tailored to your individual needs. Ask your and loved ones. ADAA is here to help you make
doctor to explain why a particular type of the best decisions so that you can get on with
treatment is being recommended, what other your life.
Anxiety Disorders Association of America www.adaa.org

How to overcome dating anxiety?Overcoming Social Anxiety and Dating. It's a challenge to date when you have social anxiety, since meeting people with anxiety can be so difficult. But it's also not necessarily the right idea to date when you're this anxious either. Instead, you should commit yourself to overcoming your social anxiety and then worry about dating if it happens ...


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