For many years, people who were uncomfortable in social situations or avoided them all together were largely misunderstood. Often this group of people were referred to as "shy" or "loner" by others who didn't understand the
signs of social anxiety. Thankfully, within the past few decades, this condition has received the attention it deserves, giving the people who struggle with this disorder more ways to find community and support. The website for the Social Anxiety Association defines social anxiety as the fear of social situations that involve interaction with other people. These fears are typically accompanied by physical and emotional symptoms as well.
According to the Social Anxiety Institute,
social anxiety is the third largest mental health problem, experienced by millions of people all over the world, outnumbered by depression and alcoholism. Even though so many people are living with social anxiety, not much is known about the exact cause. That being said, Healthline reported that current research supports the idea that it is caused by a combination of environmental factors and genetics."
According to the odds, either you or someone you know lives with this condition. These 11 signs of social anxiety will give you insight into the world of this disorder.
1 You Avoid Being The Center Of Attention
If you go out of your way to make sure you're not the start of the show, you know how uncomfortable you feel when all eyes are on you. Making efforts to
avoid being the center of attention is a sign of social anxiety, according to Mayo Clinic. 2 You Are Easily Embarrassed
Feeling embarrassed by every day things can cause a strong stress response for those with social anxiety. As the website for the Social Anxiety Association explained, the condition is triggered when are
easily embarrassed, causing blushing and shaking in the moment. 4 You Avoid Introductions
Meeting new people can be fun and exciting for some, but for those with social anxiety, the situation is met with dread.
Being introduced to new people causes those with social anxiety emotional distress, according to the Social Anxiety Institute's website. 7 You Suffer From Muscle Tension 8 You Use Alcohol To Cope With Social Situations
Someone with social anxiety may use what's called "partial avoidance" in situations where they must be present. One form of partial avoidance is
using alcohol to cope with the anxious feelings they are experiencing, as Psychology Today pointed out. 9 You Analyze Interactions
There are plenty of times I wish I could go back in time and handle a situation differently, but an ongoing fear of thinking you said or did the wrong thing is entirely different. As Mayo Clinic pointed out, people with social anxiety spend time after a social situation
analyzing their performance and finding flaws in interactions. 10 You Have A Fear Of Public Speaking
Most people will tell you that making a presentation or giving a speech is not at the top of their list for favorite things to do. But having a prolonged
physical response to public speaking is a sign of social anxiety, as the Social Anxiety Association explained. 11 You Suffer From Nausea & Stomach Pains