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Most people experience social anxiety on some level. Even the most skilled performers, speakers, and leaders experience a tinge of anxiety before approaching large crowds. Butterflies in the stomach are a common form of social anxiety. For those who are living with a fully developed diagnosis of social anxiety, the occasional experience of butterflies in the stomach would be welcome. People living with social anxiety have a constant narrative in their head of worry, concern, and self-doubt. Paralyzed by what others will think of them, how they might embarrass themselves, how uncomfortable they are- people with social anxiety often avoid social situations. Untreated social anxiety can greatly impact an individual’s quality of life.

The mental enigma of social anxiety

A diagnosis and treatment plan for social anxiety may not bring the greatest relief. Medications, therapy, and relaxation techniques can significantly reduce the symptoms of social anxiety. However, due to their anxious and over-thinking nature, someone might become hyper-aware of their social anxiety and create a new source of anxious thinking. Though they realize that their fears and phobias regarding themselves, others, and social situations is mostly irrational- the fact that they are having irrational thinking about these ideas will create new fears. Focused on their mannerisms in a new way, they will become afraid of their social anxiety creating social anxiety.

Symptoms are physical, emotional, and behavioral in addition to mental

Physical symptoms of social anxiety are similar to the symptoms of generalized anxiety. At the worst, physical symptoms of anxiety can resemble symptoms of a heart attack. Other times, they paralyze the ability to interact with others, creating shaking, trembling, an inability to speak, sweating, nausea, and more.

The emotional experience of social anxiety is perhaps the most disheartening. Extreme feelings of guilt, shame, and embarrassment are common. People with social anxiety often feel disappointed with themselves, frustrated, and angry. They learn to look at themselves negatively, which causes a lot of conflicting emotions.

Behaviorally, someone with social anxiety will participate in actions which remove them from the present moment. Often, people with social anxiety issues will seem distracted and consumed by things like their phones when they are in groups because of their anxiety. Quiet, non-assertive, and avoiding eye contact, people with social anxiety will either be out of the present as much as possible when with people or go out of their way to be away from people and not have to face the challenge.

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