What is Social Anxiety?
People with social anxiety often share similar thoughts, feelings, and behaviours, with triggers being social situations, or situations where there is the expectation that they will be judged. Thoughts might include 'I'm going to do it wrong' or 'they're going to judge me' or 'I'm a failure'. When faced with such situations feelings include anxiety, even anxiety attacks, leading to anxiety-based physical reactions such as perspiration, shaking, nausea, sweaty palms, and breathlessness amongst others. Often people with social anxiety try to avoid situations where they feel there is an increased chance of them being seen or judged.
Given all the above signs of social anxiety, it's clear that trying to manage social anxiety can be a very difficult task, and it can be both mentally and physically exhausting. The above is a summary of what social anxiety can look like. If you'd like more detail on the signs and symptoms used to diagnose social anxiety, click here.