Social Anxiety Disorder
Social anxiety disorder, sometimes called social phobia, is an anxiety disorder characterized by an intense, persistent fear and avoidance of social situations. This extreme fear of being judged, humiliated or embarrassed may interfere with everyday activities. Those who suffer from this condition may avoid social situations at all costs or tolerate them with great discomfort.
Everyone feels nervous from time to time. Going on your first date, giving a speech, or feeling shy at a party among a group of strangers. What sets social anxiety disorder apart from everyday nervousness is the severity and persistence of the symptoms. It can be so debilitating that it interferes with work, school and other routine activities.
During social situations, or even before them, patients may experience some of the following symptoms:
- A pounding heart
- Muscle tension
- Excessive sweating
- Stomach upset
- Difficulty talking
- Desire to flee the situation
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