The anxiety may cause the person to become distressed and avoid certain social situations. Moreover, people may be afraid of a situation for weeks before the event. Although they are aware that there is no reasonable basis for the fear, they find themselves unable to overcome it.
Affected individuals suffer from distorted thinking, which includes false beliefs concerning social situations and dismissive opinions of others and themselves. Moreover, without proper treatment, it can adversely affect the daily routine of the person, including work, school relationships, and social activities.
Social Anxiety Symptoms
- Intense nervousness in social situations
- Avoiding social situations
- Physical symptoms include pounding heart, confusion, shaking, sweating, muscle tension, blushing, diarrhea and upset stomach.
Although we do not know the cause research has indicated that environmental, psychological and biological factors may play a crucial role
- Biological – It is hypothesized that abnormal circuitry in regions of the brain that regulate “fight and flight” response and emotions causes the condition. Genetic factors could also be a contributor, as individuals whose relatives have the condition are more predisposed to getting it.
- Psychological – Humiliating or embarrassing social experiences, like being neglected or bullied by peers, in the formative years may lead to the development of this condition.
- Environmental – Individuals may also develop fears from observing the plight of someone else who is adversely affected.