Social anxiety disorder, also called social phobia is one of the most common anxiety disorders, almost 7 to 13 percent of the population are suffering from this type of disorder. In this disorder, a person tend to feel quite nervousness and uncomfortable in any situation. They always feel fear that they are being closely watched or embracement so that others will think badly of them.
Just because you get nervous occasionally in social situations doesn’t mean that you are suffering from social anxiety disorder. Shyness or self- consciousness can be the reason behind it and it can overcome with some time. Social phobia causes tremendous distress that interferes with your normal routine, including school, work, social activities, and relationships.
There are three types of symptoms that have been noticed in many people in the case of social phobia such as Emotional symptoms, Physical symptoms, Behavioral symptoms. So let’s check out these symptoms.
Emotional Symptoms of Social Anxiety Disorder
- Excessive self-consciousness and anxiety in everyday social situations
- Intense worry for days, weeks, or even months before an upcoming social situation
- Extreme fear of being watched or judged by others, especially people you don’t know
- Fear that you’ll act in ways that that will embarrass or humiliate yourself
- Fear that others will notice that you’re nervous
Physical Symptoms of Social Anxiety Disorder
- Red face, or blushing
- Shortness of breath
- Upset stomach, nausea (i.e. butterflies)
- Trembling or shaking (including shaky voice)
- Racing heart or tightness in chest
- Sweating or hot flashes
- Feeling dizzy or faint
Behavioral Symptoms of Social Anxiety Disorder
- Avoiding social situations to a degree that limits your activities or disrupts your life
- Staying quiet or hiding in the background in order to escape notice and embarrassment
- A need to always bring a buddy along with you wherever you go
- Drinking before social situations in order to soothe your nerves