Common, everyday experiences may be hard to endure when you have social anxiety disorder, including:
- Interacting with unfamiliar people or strangers.
- Attending parties or social gatherings.
- Going to work or school.
- Starting conversations.
- Making eye contact.
- Entering a room in which people are already seated.
Symptoms of Social Anxiety Disorder
- excessive sweating.
- trembling or shaking.
- difficulty speaking.
- dizziness or lightheadedness.
- rapid heart rate.
find it difficult to do things when others are watching – you may feel like you’re being watched and judged all the time. fear being criticised, avoid eye contact or have low self-esteem. often have symptoms like feeling sick, sweating, trembling or a pounding heartbeat (palpitations)
Emotional and Behavioral Signs The following emotional and behavioral symptoms may show up in people with social anxiety: Fearing situations where you might be judged. Fear of showing physical symptoms such as blushing, trembling, sweating, or an unsteady voice. Worrying you will embarrass or humiliate yourself.
Social anxiety disorder typically starts in childhood or adolescence. Among individuals who seek treatment as adults the median age of onset is in the early to mid-teens with most people having developed the condition before they reach their 20s.
Someone with social anxiety may feel extremely nervous in social situations, but present as extroverted and confident. Other people might not even be able to detect their anxiety. Shyness tends to be more apparent, although it often presents as situational. In other words, shyness tends to flare at certain times.
It can be linked to a history of abuse, bullying, or teasing. Shy kids are also more likely to become socially anxious adults, as are children with overbearing or controlling parents. If you develop a health condition that draws attention to your appearance or voice, that could trigger social anxiety, too.
It can be very distressing and have a big impact on your life. For some people it gets better as they get older. But for many people it does not go away on its own without treatment. It’s important to get help if you are having symptoms.
Environmental Influences and Stressful Life Experiences as a Cause of Social Anxiety
- Physical, sexual, or emotional abuse.
- Bullying or teasing by peers.
- Family conflicts, domestic violence, and divorce.
- Death of or desertion by a parent.
- Maternal stress during pregnancy or infancy.
Some common personality and behavioral traits seen in children with social anxiety disorder are crying, tantrums, clinging to familiar people, extreme shyness, refusing to speak in front of their class, and fear or timidity in new settings and with new people.
Why do I hate being around people?
Reasons Why You Might Hate Everyone Social anxiety: Social anxiety can make it difficult for you to interact with people and lead to emotions like nervousness, fear, embarrassment, and distress. In some cases, people with social anxiety may even react to situations that make them uncomfortable with anger and hatred.
The negative thoughts associated with social anxiety often turn into self-fulfilling prophecies. Someone who thinks “People always think I’m weird” may stick to himself during social engagements. His aloofness may discourage others from talking to him, reinforcing his belief that he’s socially awkward.
In summary, when trying to explain anxiety to someone who doesn’t have it, focus on the cognitive model. It starts with a distressing situation/trigger → which causes a person to have negative thoughts → this causes negative emotions and physical distress → which leads to negative behaviors.
Lifestyle and home remedies
- Learn stress-reduction skills.
- Get physical exercise or be physically active on a regular basis.
- Get enough sleep.
- Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet.
- Avoid alcohol.
- Limit or avoid caffeine.
- Participate in social situations by reaching out to people with whom you feel comfortable.
Only a trained mental health professional, such as a psychiatrist or psychologist, can diagnose a mental health disorder like social anxiety. While you cannot self-diagnose, you can take steps to figure out if your symptoms are the result of normal shyness or if they could be something more.