Oh! People Are Watching Me
Social anxiety disorder, also called social phobia, is an anxiety disorder in which a person has an excessive and unreasonable fear of social situations. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), people with social anxiety disorder have an “intense, persistent, and chronic fear of being watched and judged by others and of doing things that will embarrass them,” and that fear can be so intense that it interferes with work, school, and other ordinary activities and can make it hard to make and keep friends.
People with social anxiety disorder may be afraid of a specific situation, such as speaking in public. However, most people with social anxiety disorder fear more than one social situation. Other situations that commonly provoke anxiety include: Eating or drinking in front of others, Writing or working in front of others, Being the center of attention Interacting with people, including dating or going to parties, Asking questions or giving reports in groups, Using public toilets, Talking on the telephone.
Social anxiety disorder may be linked to other mental illnesses, such as panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and depression. In fact, many people with social anxiety disorder initially see the doctor with complaints related to these disorders, not because of social anxiety sympoms