From having to deal with frequent panic attacks to being overly concerned about one’s appearance, there are things only people with social anxiety will understand.
We all know the feeling of being nervous or uncomfortable in a social situation. Such as meeting a new person, or giving a presentation. But, if you have social anxiety, the stress of these situations becomes too much to handle.
Social anxiety disorder, also known as social phobia, is the fear of social situations that involve interaction with other people. You could say social anxiety is the fear and anxiety of being negatively judged and evaluated by other people. Some people who are introverted feel anxious in social situations, but there are key differences between introversion and social anxiety.
If you have social anxiety, you might avoid all social contact because things that other people consider “normal” (like making small talk and eye contact), make you so uncomfortable. These are the common things only people with social anxiety will understand – and deal with on a regular basis.
Furthermore, people with social anxiety are many times seen by others as being shy, quiet, backward, withdrawn, inhibited, unfriendly, nervous, aloof, and disinterested. However, people with social anxiety truly want to make friends, be included in groups, and be involved and engaged in social interactions. But having social anxiety prevents people from being able to do the things they want to do. Although people with social anxiety want to be friendly, open, and sociable, it is fear that holds them back.
While you may feel alone, you should know that this condition is quite common! It’s estimated that about 7% of the population suffers from some form of social anxiety. Nevertheless, you have specific challenges, and here are the most common things only people with social anxiety will understand!
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