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What is Social Anxiety?

Social anxiety, also known as social phobia, is an overwhelming fear of being judged, seen in a negative way, or rejected in a social scenario. The fear is such that people tend to avoid all social situations or social responsibilities and experience severe anxiety and discomfort when forced to participate or attend.

Many people with social anxiety disorder experience overwhelming physical symptoms such as rapid heart rate, trembling, nausea, and sweating. People will often find if scary and difficult to be around other people, especially strangers and have a hard time communicating with them.

Feeling very self-conscious, awkward, embarrassed, and a need for avoidance are very common when experiencing this anxiety. People often feel powerless over their anxiety, even when they know the fear is disproportionate and/or unreasonable. Social anxiety is the second most commonly diagnosed anxiety disorder after specific phobias.


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