Social Anxiety Disorder Symptoms
Social anxiety symptoms are pretty similar to the symptoms of anxiety defining the other forms of this psychical condition, but they have the particularity of appearing and becoming more intense in situations involving social exposure and during public events. Extremely hard to control without professional help, social anxiety disorder symptoms interfere with the patient’s personal and professional activities, affecting the quality of the sufferer’s life, his relationships and social performances in a more or less severe way.
The Common Triggers of Social Phobia Symptoms
The feelings of anxiety are generally triggered by quite similar factors, although particular situations and events may also cause the unpleasant manifestations of this psychological problem. Below are listed the most common factors leading to negative thoughts, exaggerated worries and overwhelming feelings of fear and shyness:
- giving a public speech
- a job interview
- having a conversation with a newly met person
- business lunches or conferences
- work meetings and projects involving teamwork
- parties and romantic dates
- eating or dressing in front of others
- participating in sporting competitions
- calling a person they have never talked to before
- singing on a public stage
- being the center of attention in an event involving a large audience
All these factors can cause intense physical and psychological reactions in people with SAD and social anxiety symptoms disappear as soon as the triggers cease to exist. A patient that feels scared when it comes to talking to strangers may have absolutely no anxious reactions when interacting with close friends or relatives, as these manifestations usually appear when the social situations involve large audiences composed of unknown people or acquaintances.
The Most Typical Social Anxiety Disorder Symptoms
Social phobia symptoms are classified into three main categories, as follows:
- emotional and behavioral social anxiety symptoms
- cognitive manifestations of social phobia symptoms
- physical social anxiety symptoms
Emotional and Behavioral Social Anxiety Symptoms
These manifestations affect mostly the patient’s relationships, as they include the fear of interacting with unknown people, the fear of being judged, embarrassed or humiliated and the fear of talking to and making eye contact with newly met people.
People dealing with emotional and behavioral social anxiety symptoms are always anxious about doing things that involve large groups and teamwork as they fear that the other participants will notice their worries and insecurities. Also, they avoid situations in which they might be the center of the such as athletic competitions, public speeches, contests and one-man representations.
Cognitive Manifestations of Social Phobia Symptoms
These refer mainly to the dysfunctional thinking patterns associated with social anxiety. People affected by this ailment have negative thoughts and a very low self-confidence and self-esteem level, thus they always worry about potential bad events that could occur in their lives.
Other cognitive social phobia symptoms include: the tendency of magnifying others’ social abilities, the always negative self-evaluations, the strong belief that all the other participants at a social event are better prepared, more skilled and better looking as well as the tendency of always seeing themselves as inadequate in social circles.
Physical Social Anxiety Symptoms
The last category of social anxiety disorder symptoms includes the physical manifestations appearing when the patient has to deal with a situation involving public exposure. Blushing, trembling, shaking, sweating, stomach problems, confusion, muscle tension and clammy hands are all included among the social anxiety symptoms.
Social phobia is completely different from regular shyness and a large number of patients dealing with this psychological problem are well aware of their condition and of the irrational nature of all their worries, fears and behavior patterns in anxiety-inducing situations. Still, even when they manage to control their physical reactions, they have a hard time controlling the negative thoughts and the uncomfortable sensations appearing before important social events.
The solution in managing social anxiety symptoms is accepting this psychical condition as a real problem and getting actively involved in the different stages of the recommended therapy.