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Social anxiety is an anxiety disorder that centers on fear of being critically examined by other people, leading to the avoidance of social situations. One is afraid of getting unwanted attention, fooling oneself, blushing, or in other ways getting into a negative spotlight from other people. 

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Symptoms of social anxiety

Social anxiety described in the ICD-10 diagnostic manual which refers to the condition as "social phobia". It says that social phobia involves:

Fear of being critically scrutinized by other people, leading to avoidance of social situations. More pervasive social phobias are usually associated with low self-esteem and fear of criticism. They may manifest as flushing, trembling of the hands, nausea or urge to urinate, and the patient is sometimes convinced that one of these secondary manifestations of anxiety is the primary problem. The symptoms can progress to panic attacks. 

NHI.no describes social anxiety in the following way:

You experience anxiety when you are with other people. Examples of anxiety-creating situations are anxiety about speaking in groups of people, eating or drinking in a public place, performing actions while someone is watching or listening, talking to strangers, talking on the phone. You are often worried about what others think of you. You often get anxiety in the presence of authority figures. 

Anxiety often leads to physical ailments such as redness, sweating, trembling, dry mouth, palpitations, feeling of wanting to faint - and you are afraid that others will notice it. This can lead to you not being able to be with other people. 

You fail to tell others about your social anxiety because you feel shame and fear of not being taken seriously. You try to get away from the stressful situations, that is, you isolate yourself from the unpleasant situations. This leads to loneliness, and it can lead to reduced opportunities for education and work. People with social anxiety are less likely to find a spouse. Discouragement and depression can follow. Abuse of alcohol or medication can be an attempt at relief. 

Source: NHI

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Ove Heradstveit

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