Social Anxiety

What is Social Anxiety Disorder?

Social Anxiety refers to having major discomfort in social situations, oftentimes because of concern with the fear of being judged. The concern may be related to acting foolishly or making a bad impression such as being perceived as boring or not smart enough.

For some individuals, the anxiety limited to a single social situation, whereas for others, the anxiety occurs in most social situations. The fear related to social situations oftentimes provokes high levels of anxiety, including physiological reactions including increased heartrate, flushing of the face, sweating, or experiencing nausea. The idea of being around people including going to an event and having to face people, going into work with coworkers wanting to speak with you, or going to the mall to shop can all create anxiety. Social anxiety disorder is when such distress interferes with the person’s functioning in school, at work and/or in interpersonal relationships.

A social situation involves you and other people. It can include interpersonal interactions (talking to a person) or performance situations (public speaking). On the average, 7-8% of the U.S. population suffer from some form of social anxiety. Usually, women are twice as likely as men to suffer from social anxiety, however, men are more likely to seek treatment. This is probably due to the impact social anxiety has on one’s relationships and careers. There is a correlation with people suffering with social anxiety and alcohol abuse: socially anxious people are used to drinking or using substances in order to provide some relief when attending social functions.

If you think you have social anxiety, please reach out to get support.

A social anxiety support group is offered at the Avedian Counseling Center. You can call us today to learn more about individual and group support. You’re not alone! Get help! Contact Anita Avedian at (818) 383-1399 to schedule your appointment today.