Social phobia or social anxiety disorder is an overwhelming and persistent fear of being in social situations.
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Social anxiety prevents people from behaving normally in public
There are some common situations that people with social phobia struggle with:
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You feel terrified even at the thought of public speaking
Afraid of other's judgement
Parties mean conversation, laughing, engaging with others etc. Parties are also places where others look at you and judge you by your appearance manners, speech etc. You avoid going to parties because you don't want others to see the constant state of anxiousness you are in.
Making eye contact is uncomfortable for you
Public places make you jittery
You feel if you enter a crowded room, everyone will stop their conversations and look at you. They will then proceed to judge and ridicule you.
You cannot imagine entering the dating pool
Opening yourself up to someone and being vulnerable is not an option for you. You are afraid that the other person may not like you.
What if you unintentionally hurt someone?
The fear offering others is so much that you'd rather stay home and not attend parties from school or even go to your workplace.
Better to stay at home than be judged at public places.
You feel that it is an easier option to just stay at home and not interact with anyone rather than go to your workplace and school where you will have to talk to others.
The inability to talk to people can put a huge strain on relationships.
You feel that others do not understand you. How they can go through life without facing difficulties like you do is impossible for you to comprehend. The miscommunications and lack of understanding makes maintaining relationships very difficult.
You can either approach a psychologist or a psychiatrist. Both will be able to help you. The society will not understand what you are going through. You owe it to yourself to get help.
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