Many people have particular worries about social situations like public speaking or talking to authority figures, or experience more general feelings of shyness or a lack of confidence.
For some, however, these social anxieties and fears can become much more troubling and difficult to cope with.
Whoever you talk to now, you should also visit your GP.
When the social anxiety becomes this bad, sufferers could be diagnosed with Social Anxiety Disorder, also known as Social Phobia. Sufferers differ in how naturally reserved or outgoing they may be and in regard to the sorts of situations or people they might find most difficult or might be OK with.
Individuals who are particularly socially inhibited, avoidant and sensitive to criticism or rejection may meet criteria for Avoidant Personality Disorder, now seen by many as only the more extreme or generalised end of an 'SA spectrum'.
Sufferers typically experience excessive feelings of nervousness or dread in relation to feared social situations.
They may experience specific physical symptoms such as trembling, rapid breathing, sweating or blushing. Sufferers tend to be very self-conscious and worried about whether others might be evaluating them negatively.
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