Symptoms of social anxiety disorder include many of these manifestations:
- An inability to make for a hold eye contact
- A feeling as if everyone is watching them.
- A feeling of being judged by people all the time.
- A fear of being ridiculed.
- A fear of embarrassing themselves.
- Trembling and shaking.
- Excessive sweating
- Speaking with a shaky voice
- An awkward gait
- Stiff posture and muscle tension
- Heart palpitations
- Confusion in social situations.
- Intense anxiety
- Panic attacks
- Excessive blushing
As a result of these extreme discomforts, social anxiety disorder sufferer will choose to avoid meeting new people, will begin to restrict his activities to familiar and safe places and avoid social situations, places where people may notice their condition, as often as possible.
It is not possible to “pick oneself up by the bootstraps” and lead a normal life when you suffer from social anxiety disorder. This condition requires treatment, help on learning to develop coping mechanisms to make life bearable in a social world.