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Social Anxiety Disorder Symptoms

(Also Known As: Social Anxiety Symptoms, Anxiety Disorder Symptoms, Anxiety Symptoms, Social Phobia Symptoms, Anxiety Disorders Symptoms)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

What Are The Symptoms of Social Anxiety?

The physical symptoms experienced by people with social anxiety are real and can bring about extreme distress for people that experience them. Some of the common symptoms include: 4

  • Blushing
  • Sweating
  • Shaking
  • Tension in the muscles
  • Trembling voice
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dryness in the mouth
  • A racing heart
  • Disorientation

In some people, the symptoms are so severe that they may exacerbate into a panic attack. An individual with social anxiety is aware that the panic attacks is caused by anxiety but cannot do anything to stop it and are afraid that other people might notice that they have no control.

An individual with social anxiety has the tendency to make choices based on fear and avoidance and not on their preferences, ambitions, or desires. They may not enroll in a class that requires a presentation or turn down a promotion because of it requires increased social performance tasks.

In addition, they may have limited or no friends. A person with social anxiety avoids having romantic relationships with members of the opposite sex. They may resort to alcohol abuse to control anxiety.

In children, the symptoms of social anxiety may include tantrums, clinging to parents, crying, and limiting communication to the extent of not talking to other people. In adults, the symptoms may include: 5

  • Difficulty to assert one’s self
  • Extreme sensitivity to the criticism, rejection, or negative comments of other people
  • Severe preoccupation with the reaction and response of other people
  • Increased fear of embarrassment or humiliation

Not all individuals with social anxiety are shy and extremely nervous to other people. They can force themselves to attend social gatherings, present in public, or communicate with other people through self-medication using alcohol or limiting the duration of their interactions.

Could You Have Social Anxiety Disorder?

Social Anxiety Disorder Topics

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Anxiety Disorder NOS – Irrational Fear, Depression, Anxiety, Phobias
Avoidant Personality Disorder – Pervasive Social Inhibition, Extreme Sensitivity, Feeling of Inadequacy, Avoidance of Social Interaction
Generalized Anxiety Disorder – Irrational Worry, Uncontrollable Fear, Fatigue, Anxiety, Depression
Panic Disorder – Panic Attacks, Anticipatory Attacks, Irrational Fear, Anxiety, Depression