Recognizing the symptoms of social anxiety disorder can be the first step to overcoming this often debilitating condition. The fact that you are reading this means that you are concerned that you or someone you care about may have social anxiety disorder. As you read through the symptoms, take comfort in the fact that you are far from alone. Social anxiety disorder affects thousands of people nationwide.
Symptom 1: Fear of Social Situations.
The first and most obvious symptom of social anxiety disorder is fear of social situations. This fear can range in severity from a mild uneasiness when meeting new people to a white knuckle anxiety at being asked to a party. In addition to the fear of meeting new people or being asked to a party, those with social anxiety disorder often find themselves afraid to talk with others at work, give reports in meetings, go out on dates or even order food in restaurants.
Symptom 2: Obsessive Thoughts.
Unfortunately, the fear that people with social anxiety often experience is fed by an often overactive imagination that they cannot turn off. When considering attending a social function, their minds may be dominated by obsessive thoughts about others who will be there and whether or not they will fit in. They may even imagine outlandish scenarios in which they forgot to wear underwear or fall into a pool. For such people, situational comedies on TV are not passing entertainment but dire warnings of what could go wrong.
Symptom 3: Panic.
People with social anxiety disorder don’t just feel nervous in social situations, they panic. Their hands may sweat, their hearts will race, they may even feel nauseous. Because their greatest fear is public embarrassment, the very presence of their panic symptoms makes them feel embarrassed and out of control. Thus their emotions form a sort of recorded loop of fear, panic, fear of panic, etc.
Symptom 4: Low Self-Esteem.
Although many, many people do experience social anxiety, most don’t. Because of that real people with the disorder come to see themselves as different, or somehow inferior to those around them. This leads them to think of themselves as damaged, and unworthy of interacting with others. Again, a vicious cycle forms in which feeling like they don’t fit in becomes a self-fulfilling prophesy
Symptom 5: Depression.
Feelings of low self-esteem can easily evolve into feelings of depression. Someone with social anxiety disorder may feel sad and left out of the life that others lead naturally. This can lead to depression in the form of tiredness, difficulty concentrating and the inability to enjoy normal life.
Symptom 6: Feeling Disliked by Others.
People with social anxiety disorder often worry that other people don’t like them or that they are talking about them behind their backs. They can become very sensitive to even the slightest criticism and may blow a situation out of all reasonable proportion. When meeting someone for the first time, they can become so obsessed with making a good impression that they actually make a poor one. Again, their fear itself becomes the cause of what they fear the most.
As you have read this list, you may very well have recognized some of these symptoms in your own life. The good news is that recognizing you have a problem is the first step to getting well. Now take the next step and click on the button below for more information on totally curing your condition.