How to Know If You Have Social Anxiety: The Signs and Symptoms

Do you feel like you’re always worried about what other people think of you? Do you avoid social situations because you’re afraid of embarrassing yourself? If so, then you may have social anxiety. This condition can be very debilitating, making it difficult to lead a normal life. In this blog post, we will discuss the signs and symptoms of social anxiety disorder. We will also provide tips for how to get help if you think you may be struggling with this condition. 

It’s normal to feel nervous in some social situations. For example, going on a date or giving a presentation may cause that feeling of butterflies in your stomach. But in social anxiety disorder, also called social phobia, everyday interactions cause significant anxiety, self consciousness and embarrassment because you fear being scrutinized or judged negatively by others. 

Signs and symptoms of social anxiety disorder can include
constant:

 Fear of situations in which you may be judged negatively
• Worry about embarrassing or humiliating yourself
• Intense fear of interacting or talking with strangers
• Fear that others will notice that you look anxious
• Fear of physical symptoms that may cause you embarrassment, such as blushing, sweating, trembling or having a shaky voice
• Avoidance of doing things or speaking to people out of fear of embarrassment
• Avoidance of situations where you might be the center of attention
• Anxiety in anticipation of a feared activity or event
• Intense fear or anxiety during social situations
• Analysis of your performance and identification of flaws in your interactions after a social situation
• Expectation of the worst possible consequences from a negative experience during a social situation

Physical symptoms

Physical signs and symptoms can sometimes accompany social anxiety disorder and may
include:
 
• Blushing
• Fast heartbeat
• Trembling
• Sweating
• Upset stomach or nausea
• Trouble catching your breath
• Dizziness or lightheadedness
• Feeling that your mind has gone blank
• Muscle tension
 
Avoiding common social situations
 

Common, everyday experiences may be hard to endure when
you have social anxiety disorder, including:

• Interacting with unfamiliar people or strangers
• Attending parties or social gatherings
• Going to work or school
• Starting conversations
• Making eye contact
• Dating
• Entering a room in which people are already seated
• Returning items to a store
• Eating in front of others
• Using a public restroom

If you are experiencing any of these signs or symptoms, it’s important to seek help. Social anxiety disorder is a very treatable condition, and there are many resources available to those who suffer from it. The team at Ketamine SLC is here to help. Contact us today at (385) 474-6946 for more information about our services and how we can help you overcome social anxiety.