What is Social Anxiety or Social Phobia?
Social Anxiety (Social Phobia) is an excessive and unreasonable fear of social situations where interactions with other people are required. A person with social phobia fears they will embarrass themselves or make mistakes in front of other people, becoming overly self-conscious and apprehensive. A person with Social Anxiety will avoid situations where they may be forced to interface with people they don’t know. When placed in this type of social situation, they become anxious or may have a panic attack. As the condition progresses, persons with Social Anxiety may develop distorted thinking and they will often avoid contact with other people altogether. This makes work, school and personal relationships problematic.