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Social Anxiety

Therapy for Social Anxiety in Pittsburgh.jpgSocial Anxiety Disorder is a mental health issue characterized by severe fear of being judged and rejected by others. The word severe is important because there is a typical level of social anxiety that all people experience. People who are struggling with Social Anxiety Disorder, however, will experience distress that impairs their ability to function and thrive.

 

Triggering Situations

People with social anxiety will experience severe discomfort in certain social situations. Typical scenarios that can trigger symptoms are:

  • Meeting a new person

  • Being asked a question in front of others

  • Being watched or observed by others

  • Being the center of attention

  • Interacting with authority figures

  • Public speaking

  • Being called on in class

  • Speaking with a salesperson/clerk

  • Talking on the phone

 

Symptoms

When these situations occur (or will occur in the near future), typical symptoms are:

  • Blushing

  • Feeling hot

  • Sweating

  • Shaking

  • Feeling dizzy

  • Upset stomach/nausea

  • Feeling detached from oneself/ de-personalization

  • Worrying that everyone can tell that you are anxious/acting awkward

  • Worrying that you are going to embarrass yourself

  • Intense anticipatory worry leading up to the event

  • Worrying about one's performance in a social situation after the event

 

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