Social Anxiety

Social Anxiety

Everyone feels nervous in social settings at some point, from the first day at a new job to giving a presentation, it’s normal to have that nervous feeling, or butterflies in your stomach. However, with social anxiety disorder, everyday occurrences make you feel very anxious, fearful, and self-conscious.

Symptoms of social anxiety disorder

Feeling shy or uncomfortable doesn’t necessarily mean you have social anxiety disorder. Here are some emotional and behavioral symptoms that, when persistent, can indicated social anxiety:

  • Extreme anxiety and self-consciousness in social settings
  • Fear of judgment or embarrassment when around others
  • Excessive worry before a social event
  • Blushing
  • Trembling hands and shaky voice
  • Upset stomach
  • Hot flashes
  • Feeling faint
  • Avoiding social settings in a way that disrupts your life
  • Hiding in the background
  • Drinking to “calm your nerves” before social events

Our Chicago based licensed therapists can help you combat your social fears and overcome your phobia so you can start embracing life.

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