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SAD – Social Anxiety Disorder 

Updated: Mar 5, 2021

SAD can be caused by excessive social isolation, or a childhood with parents or guardians who are overprotective, controlling, restrictive or anxious. Traumatic bullying through emotional, physical, sexual or verbal abuse.

In most cases social anxiety disorder usually comes on at around 13 years of age. It can be linked to a historical episode of abuse, bullying, or teasing.   When children are labelled as “shy kids” are also more likely to become socially anxious adults, as are children with overbearing or controlling parents. 

It is known that people with this disorder have trouble talking to people and find social interactions challenging at times.  Whether it is meeting new people, or attending other social gatherings.  Inside the person has fearful thoughts and feeling, and become anxious about being judged or scrutinised by others.  

Even if they are able to understand that their fears are irrational or unreasonable, they feel powerless to overcome them. To make this clear social anxiety is different from shyness. 

Very Well offer information on SAD at link

Symptoms of social anxiety

Social anxiety is more than shyness. It's a fear that does not go away and affects everyday activities, self confidence, relationships and work or school life.

Many people occasionally worry about social situations, but someone with social anxiety feels overly worried before, during and after them.

You may have social anxiety if you:

  • worry about everyday activities, such as meeting strangers, starting conversations, speaking on the phone, working or shopping

  • avoid or worry a lot about social activities, such as group conversations, eating with company and parties

  • always worry about doing something you think is embarrassing, such as blushing, sweating or appearing incompetent

  • find it difficult to do things when others are watching – you may feel like you're being watched and judged all the time

  • fear being criticised, avoid eye contact or have low self-esteem

  • often have symptoms like feeling sick, sweating, trembling or a pounding heartbeat (palpitations)

  • have panic attacks, where you have an overwhelming sense of fear and anxiety, usually only for a few minutes

NHS Social Anxiety link

Many people with social anxiety also have other mental health issues, such as depression, generalised anxiety disorder or panic disorder.

Always seek professional help.

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by Debbie Crouch

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