Social Anxiety Disorder

Do you feel like this?

Are you a shy person?  Are you fearful in social situation involves contact with strangers? Do you feel embarrassed  in social situation? Do you have anxiety in social gathering, oral presentation and meeting new people? Do you have a vague, nonspecific fear of “embarrassing oneself?” Do you feel difficulty in performing specific activities such as eating or speaking in front of others?

Then let’s know about social anxiety disorder.

Social Anxiety Disorder-

As the name suggests Social anxiety disorder is an anxiety disorder of social situation. In 6 months 2-3 persons in 100 suffers from this disorder. Females are affected more commonly than males. Social anxiety disorder can be presented with other anxiety disorders, mood disorders, substance-related disorders and bulimia nervosa.

Why does a person suffer from Social Anxiety Disorder?

  • Shyness in childhood
  • Overprotective parents
  • Submissive human nature
  • Chemical imbalance in brain (specifically dopamine)
  •  Family history of social anxiety disorder


Marked fear or anxiety about one or more social situations. Examples include social interactions (e.g., having a conversation, meeting unfamiliar people), being observed (e.g., eating or drinking), and performing in front of others (e.g., giving a speech).

Preoccupation with humiliation or embarrassment, rejection or offend others. The social situations almost always provoke fear or anxiety. The social situations are avoided or endured with intense fear or anxiety.

The fear or anxiety is out of proportion to the actual threat posed by the social situation.

Know whether you are suffering from social anxiety disorder or not?

All these symptoms should be present at least for 6 months and must be distressing for you.

Treatment- Therapies and medicines.

This site is just for the awareness of mental illnesses not for diagnosis. If someone finds himself/herself or their loved one having symptoms kindly consult a psychiatrist.