Struggling with mental health is common. The earlier you get treatment the easier it will be to get better. See below for signs and descriptions of social anxiety.
Please keep in mind that this list is by no means a complete list of the possible symptoms an individual with social anxiety can experience. It can be hard to identify signs of social anxiety disorder in ourselves and other people, especially with young people who are naturally self-conscious due to their stage of life. It is always best to consult a mental health professional if you think something might be wrong. There is no fee for a consultation via telephone.
The information below includes information from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (5th ed.; DSM–5; American Psychiatric Association, 2013).
Signs of Social Anxiety Disorder
Fear or nervousness about situations where one could be scrutinized by others, such as having a conversation, meeting unfamiliar people, eating/drinking in front of others, giving a speech, etc
Fear that you will show anxiety symptoms and people will look down on you for that
The social situations always make the person feel scared/nervous
Social situations are avoided or endured with extreme discomfort
The fear and anxiety lasts for a long time
The fear/anxiety interferes with the way you live your life (social life) and fulfill responsibilities (school, family,work, etc)
American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Publishing.