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Does everyone experience social anxiety disorder? Nope, not at all. Do people get anxious in certain situations, especially embarrassing ones? Yes.
Social anxiety is a disorder. The definition of Social Anxiety disorder is “an intense fear of being negatively judged or rejected in social situations.”
Only 15 million adults or 6.8% of the U.S. population have social anxiety.
The key word, in this case, is intense. Which is also synonymous(similar) to the word extraordinary.
So Who has it?
Why are you asking me? I never claimed to have social anxiety vision. Alright, I’ll continue.
In the mental health field, low self-esteem; Low emotional belief in your own worth is commonly linked with social anxiety disorder.
This makes logical sense. The fear of being negatively judge is hard to find when you think highly of yourself.
This means that people diagnosed with social anxiety, are given this diagnosis when their anxiety in the situation is so severe that it interferes with their everyday life.
What does Social Anxiety Look like?
Making a 100% accurate diagnosis based off looking at somebody is virtually impossible. Even Psychologists(doctors) that have therapy sessions with clients, misdiagnose their paints.
The thing about mental disorders such as Social Anxiety is that they have physical symptoms:
- Poor Posture: Shoulders rounded, head looking down
- Sweaty hands/fingers
- Constant fidgeting: Shaking legs, shaking fingers
- Struggle to make eye contact
- Selective mutism: Not being able to speak in high-pressure social situations
- Irregular speech: Speaking extremely quickly, Mumbling, higher/low pitch tone
Most of these symptoms showing all at once are rare to find in the typical adults without social anxiety.
How do people with Social Anxiety Behave?
Again, social anxiety shows itself in different ways. People that are introverted, may even show similar symptoms to Socially anxious people
- Having trouble introducing themselves to groups of people
- Avoiding phone conversations
- Sensitive to criticism of others. Especially peers and authority figures (e.g. Teachers, Coaches, Parents)
- Staying in the home as much as possible.
- Avoids being put on the spot
Overall, you may have the symptoms of a person with social anxiety disorder, and still not have the disorder.
Like somebody feeling sad temporarily(short-term), because of a situation or event; All though not be diagnosed as a depressed person.