What are they?
Social Anxiety Disorder is a kind of anxiety disorder wherein a person is excessively and unreasonably fearful of any kind of social situation and gets anxious over the thought of being the center of attention and being judged by their peers.
A person with Social Anxiety Disorder is characterized as a person who shies away from social situations because of fear of making a mistake or humiliating oneself in front of other people. Those diagnosed with this disorder are known to have a skewed way of thinking about themselves, as well as hold negative views about social situations or other people, even if it is the contrary. Having Social Anxiety Disorder or Social Phobia greatly debilitates a person’s life in that it hinders a person from functioning normally during the most normal of social situations. If SAD is not treated properly, a person with this disorder may not be able to handle going through school, work, social activities and having meaningful relationships.
Social Anxiety Disorder Symptoms
If you think that there is a person you know who is suffering from Social Anxiety Disorder, there are telling signs and symptoms that indicate whether he or she has this type of anxiety disorder.
First, a person with Social Anxiety Disorder often feels uneasy and that there is something amiss, but they do not see that as a sign of a disorder. Excessive feeling of anxiety during participation in any kind of social situation is another key Social Anxiety Disorder symptom.
Because of the anxiety they feel during social situations, people with Social Anxiety Disorder often try to find an excuse to avoid any opportunity to socialize.
Physical Social Anxiety Disorder Symptoms can be seen in the changes that happen to a person physically and behaviorally. If a person experiences heart palpitations or irregular heart rate, sweating, shaking, rapid breathing, blushing, dizziness, dry mouth, tension in the muscles, upset stomach, diarrhea and numbness in the fingers and toes, especially during times of socializing or whenever a person is the center of attention, then this could mean Social Anxiety Disorder.
In the case of children, anxiety is expressed by crying, clinging to a parent or throwing a tantrum. In terms of behavior, one can see if a person has this disorder when he or she worries about a particular social event days, weeks or even months from now. In social situations, they feel extremely self-conscious and always experience the fear of embarrassing themselves in front of other people.
If these social anxiety disorder symptoms seem familiar, always remember to seek help because leaving this disorder untreated could significantly affect one’s way of life.