Analyzing Your Symptoms
Social Anxiety Disorder

When analyzing your symptoms Social Anxiety Disorder is pretty straightforward to pinpoint. Having social anxiety disorder, however, is very difficult to deal with but I can assure you it is not the end of the world.

I am confident you can learn to get your anxiety under control. Just don't give up! Social anxiety disorders are very common, you are not alone. And many people learn to very successfully work through them.

To get to the root of the issue, you may find it helpful to read up on the cause of social anxiety disorder.

So, looking at the symptoms Social Anxiety Disorder displays, it is pretty easy to identify. They can vary from person to person but for the most part are pretty similar.

You may have an overall anxiety with virtually any social situation or just one aspect of a social situation may stress you out. For example, eating in front of others or meeting new people. woman with social anxiety

Common symptoms include:

* You dread the social situation hours, days or even weeks in advance

* You are afraid of being judged, humiliated or embarrassed

* You have overwhelming "what if" thoughts, what if they don't like me, what if I pee my pants...

* You feel like all eyes are focused on you

* You know in your mind that your fears are unreasonable but you can't seem to shake it

* You avoid situations and things you enjoy because of this social fear

* You feel the need to escape at all costs

* You are very self-conscious and have exaggerated anxious thoughts

* You feel like things are unreal, like you are detaching from reality or feel mentally foggy

* Your heart starts pounding rapidly, you may feel you're having a heart attack

* You break out in a sweat or feel chilled and this makes you even more self-conscious

* You may blush, tremble or shake

* You may hyperventilate, or have shortness of breath

* You feel faint or dizzy

* You have difficulty speaking

* Nausea, upset stomach, or diarrhea

* You may have panic anxiety attacks before, during or sometimes even after these social situations

If you have the above symptoms Social Anxiety Disorder just may be at the root of it. But please remember that social anxiety is pretty common. You are not alone. There are also many social anxiety disorder treatment options available.

Your life doesn't have to revolve around your social anxiety. I am very confident you will be able to learn to get it under control.

Please check out the My Advice section for anxiety self help suggestions. Or please browse around this site for more information. I sincerely wish you the best in learning to successfully cope with your social anxiety.

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