People with social anxiety disorder have an intense fear of becoming extremely anxious and being judged, embarrassed or humiliated in social and performance situations that may include:
Many healthy people are shy or introverted. However, people with social anxiety disorder are more than “just a little shy.” They experience excruciating self-consciousness and panic attacks in social and performance situations. They are “painfully shy” and can be constantly worried and stressed about being embarrassed or humiliated. The dread of social and performance situations can start days, weeks, or months in advance. As a result, people avoid situations that they would like to be a part of and feel bad about this loss of social and occupational functioning. They often suffer from low self-esteem and are often also depressed.
Some people with social anxiety have specific fears, usually about public speaking or other kinds of performance such as music or dance. Other people experience a more generalized fear across a number of social and performance situations.
Social anxiety disorder leads to significant impairment in social and occupational functioning. For example, people with social anxiety are more likely to drop out of school and some people with social anxiety are too anxious to ask anyone out on a date.
Social anxiety disorder is a serious but treatable condition. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is the treatment with the most and best evidence for the treatment of social anxiety disorder. Because social anxiety can be secondary to other conditions and can also occur with substance use and other anxiety problems, the first step towards effective treatment is a proper and thorough differential diagnostic assessment by a psychiatrist or psychologist.
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