Does being around large groups of people make you want to curl up and die? Is your go-to move at parties hiding in the bathroom? Do you worry people think you’re standoffish when the truth is you’re just too nervous to talk to them? If so, and if this is a reoccurring experience for you, there’s a chance you suffer from social anxiety.
Anxiety disorders often center around a singular or group of core fears. Social anxiety, then, combines several common anxious fears, notably a lack of control or being judged by others, and severely interferes with daily life. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America points out that social anxiety is not “simply shyness that has been inappropriately medicalized.” Rather, it’s an intense fear—or phobia—that manifests in physical and psychological phenomena including shaking, sweating, panic attacks and substance abuse.
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