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woman-at-work-desk-looking-worried-guesthouseIt is perfectly normal to feel nervous in some social situations. We have all felt nervous before a date or a big presentation at school or work. Some people, though, experience significant anxiety, fear, self-consciousness, and embarrassment over everyday interactions because of fear they may be judged or scrutinized by others. Those people are considered to have a social anxiety disorder or social phobia.

Learning more about social anxiety will help you better determine if what you are experiencing is social anxiety versus something else. Feelings of shyness or discomfort in certain situations are not necessarily signs of social anxiety disorder, especially in children. It is important to remember that comfort levels in social situations vary from person to person, depending on personality traits and even life experiences. Some of us are naturally reserved, while others are more outgoing. Social anxiety disorder typically includes fear, anxiety, and avoidance that interferes with daily routines, work, school, or other activities.

Symptoms of Social Anxiety

Because we are all so unique, there are many different emotional and behavioral symptoms that could be present. One symptom may be the fear of situations in which you may be judged. Maybe you fear going up to that group of people in the cafeteria or dread the thought of that upcoming presentation because others may judge you negatively. Other symptoms may include worrying about embarrassing or humiliating yourself, intense fear of interacting or talking with strangers, or fear that others will notice that you look anxious.

Again, it is important to remember that we all feel these things sometimes. It begins to be considered a problem when these symptoms start to impact your daily life. If you find yourself avoiding situations altogether, it may be time to think about working on these symptoms.

We all face differing levels of nervousness or anxiety in social situations throughout life. It is perfectly normal to be nervous before a large presentation. We all may get a little bit of anxiety going up to a large group of people and introducing ourselves. When this nervousness, fear, and anxiety starts to disrupt daily life, we begin to consider that there may be a problem that needs to be addressed. Here at The Guest House, we understand that everyone is facing unique challenges and situations. We are ready to help. Call us today to learn more about our different treatment options and how we can help you on your road to recovery at (855) 483-7800.