Do you have social anxiety?

Social phobia or social anxiety disorder is an overwhelming and persistent fear of being in social situations.

What is social anxiety?

Social anxiety prevents people from behaving normally in public

There are some common situations that people with social phobia struggle with:

  • Talking to strangers
  • Entering large crowded rooms
  • Speaking in public
  • Establishing eye contact
  • Initiating a conversation

Do you have social anxiety?

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1. Public speaking terrifies you

You feel terrified even at the thought of public speaking

  • What if something goes wrong?
  • what if you mispronounce a word?
  • What if people don't like it?
  • What if they make fun of you?

Even the thought of appearing in front of an audience is a nightmare.

2. You avoid parties

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.

3. No eye contact

Making eye contact is uncomfortable for you

4. Entering large crowded rooms

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.

5. Dating is impossible

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.

6. Afraid of offending others

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.

7. Avoid workplace and school

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.

8. Declining interpersonal relationships

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.

What should you do?

Get help

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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