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More Than
Just Shyness
Are you afraid of being judged by others? Are you
self-conscious in everyday social situations? Do you
avoid meeting new people due to fear or anxiety? If
you have been feeling this way for at least 6 months
and these feelings make it hard for you to do
everyday tasks--such as talking to people at work or
school--you may have social anxiety disorder.
Social anxiety disorder is an intense, persistent fear
of being watched and judged by others. This fear
can affect work, school, and other daily activities. It
can even make it hard to make and keep friends. The
good news is social anxiety disorder is treatable.
Learn more about the symptoms of social anxiety
disorder and how to find help.
What is social anxiety disorder?
Social anxiety disorder is a common type of anxiety disorder. A person
with social anxiety disorder feels symptoms of anxiety or fear in situations
where they may be scrutinized, evaluated, or judged by others, such as
speaking in public, meeting new people, dating, being on a job interview,
answering a question in class, or having to talk to a cashier in a store.
Doing everyday things, such as eating or drinking in front of others or
using a public restroom, also may cause anxiety or fear due to concerns
about being humiliated, judged, and rejected.
The fear that people with social anxiety disorder have in social situations
is so intense that they feel it is beyond their control. For some people, this
fear may get in the way of going to work, attending school, or doing
everyday things. Other people may be able to accomplish these activities
but experience a great deal of fear or anxiety when they do. People with
social anxiety disorder may worry about engaging in social situations for
weeks before they happen. Sometimes, they end up avoiding places or
events that cause distress or generate feelings of embarrassment.
Some people with the disorder do not have anxiety related to social
interactions but have it during performances instead. They feel symptoms
of anxiety in situations such as giving a speech, competing in a sports
game, or playing a musical instrument on stage.
Social anxiety disorder usually starts during late childhood and may resemble
extreme shyness or avoidance of situations or social interactions. It occurs
more frequently in females than in males, and this gender difference is
more pronounced in adolescents and young adults. Without treatment,
social anxiety disorder can last for many years, or even a lifetime.
What are the signs and symptoms of
social anxiety disorder?
When having to perform in front of or be around others, people with social
anxiety disorder may:
Blush, sweat, or tremble.
Have a rapid heart rate.
Feel their "mind going blank," or feel sick to their stomach.
Have a rigid body posture, or speak with an overly soft voice.
Find it difficult to make eye contact, be around people they don't know,
or talk to people in social situations, even when they want to.
Feel self-consciousness or fear that people will judge them negatively.
Avoid places where there are other people.
What causes social anxiety disorder?
Risk for social anxiety disorder may run in families, but no one knows for
sure why some family members have it while others don't. Researchers
have found that several parts of the brain are involved in fear and anxiety
and that genetics influences how these areas function. By studying how
the brain and body interact in people with social anxiety disorder,
researchers may be able to create more targeted treatments. In addition,
researchers are looking at the ways stress and environmental factors play
a role in the disorder.

Why does dating give me anxiety?Vaccine or almost any related word. ...Pandemic. ...”I want to ask you something” or “ We need to talk.” These are phrases but still, hearing them instantly freaks me out.Incompetent, baby (if used in an insulting way), and over dramatic. ...(Ok, this one also isn’t one word but still) Any cannibalism jokes or dark joke


Title: Social Anxiety Disorder: More Than Just Shyness
Subject: This brochure provides information about social anxiety disorder, including what it is, common signs and symptoms, causes, treatment options, and resources to find help for yourself or someone else.
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