Social Anxiety Disorder – 5 Signs to Recognise

Social anxiety disorder is quite common. A person with social anxiety disorder will often experience symptoms of fear or anxiety in social settings, for example, meeting new people, dating or corresponding in a work environment. Being seen in a social setting can also be challenging including dining-out, attending the gym or being seen at the local mall.

There is a general fear amongst those with social anxiety disorder, that they may feel judged, rejected, humiliated, belittled, embarrassed or confronted. The fear and anxiety experiences with this disorder can deter them from going about their everyday business.

5 signs to recognise Social Anxiety Disorder

In a social setting you feel or experience:

  1. Nausea or pain (butterfly’s) in the stomach
  2. Fear of being judged by others
  3. Avoidance , ie, avoiding social settings
  4. Experience a  “brain-freeze” when communicated with
  5. Rapid heartbeat
  6. Feel weak in the knees or break into a sweat

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4 thoughts on “Social Anxiety Disorder – 5 Signs to Recognise”

  1. I’m glad you mentioned that avoiding social situations, sweating, and rapid heartbeat can be signs of social anxiety. I don’t like going to places with lots of people, including common places like the grocery store. It can sometimes make me feel nauseous and out-of-breath. These signs seem to point to an anxiety disorder, so I will try to get a professional evaluation as soon as I can.

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