When you experience significant amounts of anxiety in social situations, or even just thinking about upcoming social situations, you may have Social Anxiety Disorder. Generally, the major concern is the risk or expectation of rejection, humiliation, or negative evaluation from others. Very commonly, people manage social anxiety by avoiding or limiting social interactions and engagements. The downsides are that this avoidance makes the anxiety stronger over time, while also cutting off social connections and social support.
Because social anxiety disorder typically begins earlier than most other anxiety disorders, people often don’t realize they have it. You live with it so long, It can seem like just a part of your personality, and others may say it’s just shyness or a need to “come out of your shell.”
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