information about anxiety

What is Social Anxiety Disorder?

Social Anxiety Disorder, also known as social phobia, is characterized by:

  • severe, uncontrollable worry and anxiety in social situations
  • avoidance of social situations
  • physical symptoms of anxiety (e.g. pounding heart, sweating, shaking, muscle tension, upset stomach, blushing)
  • interference in daily functioning and relationships because of these symptom

Socially anxious individuals may avoid:

  • public speaking
  • social gatherings
  • dating
  • initiating conversations
  • interacting with persons in positions of authority

About 13% of the adult population in the United States suffers from social phobia, and many of those people also suffer from depression or other anxiety disorders. Symptoms of social anxiety may wax and wane throughout a person’s life, but rarely disappears completely without proper treatment.