Types of Anxiety/Stress Disorders

Social Anxiety

We all have felt nervous and awkward in social situations at one time or another, leaving us feeling a little anxious to make social contact.

Social anxiety is a more extreme version of this where you may develop avoidant behaviors to evade the fears that arise in ordinary social situations.

You may be greatly concerned with the fear of being judged, embarrassed, or humiliated. It may be associated with one on one interactions, group dynamics, or even public speaking.

Other examples of social anxiety may include the fear of crowds, test taking, using public restrooms, or choking on food in public. A formal diagnosis of social phobia may be given if the avoidant behaviors interferes with work or social activities, important relationships, or if there is significant distress.

Up to 14% of adults experience social phobia at some point in their lives.

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