It’s normal to feel nervous and awkward in some social situations?
Going on a first date or giving a presentation may give you that uncomfortable feeling of having butterflies in your stomach, for instance. For some people, though, common, everyday social situations cause extreme anxiety, fear and self-consciousness, and they may become impossible to engage in.
You may go to great lengths and come up with many excuses to avoid dating or giving presentations. You may not even be able to eat with acquaintances or write a check at the grocery store, let alone go to a party with lots of strangers.
With anxiety this extreme, you may have social anxiety disorder. Social anxiety disorder is a chronic mental health condition that causes an irrational anxiety or fear of activities or situations in which you believe that others are watching you or judging you. You also fear that you’ll embarrass or humiliate yourself.
If you or a loved one has social anxiety disorder, take heart. Effective treatment — often with cognitive behavior therapy, medication and positive coping skills — can improve your quality of life and open up new opportunities.
· Risk Factors
· When to seek medical advice
· Tests and diagnosis
· Treatments and drugs
· Lifestyle and home remedies
· Coping and support
MayoClinic.com is an excellent source for medical information