Often, social anxiety is triggered by the fear of feeling embarrassed or humiliated. It can also be triggered by the thought of getting criticized or judged, or even just laughed at.
People who experience this disorder may feel intense nervousness, intense perspiration, blushing and stammering during talking, trembling, and in severe cases, nausea and diarrhea.
The intensity of social anxiety may differ from person to person. Some people can have it far worse than others, to the extent that they no longer want to be around others. Milder cases, on the other hand, may involve simply having to deal with intense fear in large or important social occasions.
Yes, indeed — a phobia falls under the umbrella of anxiety disorders. It is not uncommon for people to have fears about certain things. Animals, situations, heights, water, fire… name it, and there will be people who experience extreme discomfort about it. However, phobias are often over-exaggerated reactions of fear to the point of irrationality.
It is possible to have more than one phobia. There are at least five categories of phobias as well, namely phobias of:
- Natural environments
- Blood, injuries, and injections
If you are unsure whether you do have a phobia, here are some signs and symptoms to look out for:
- Irrational fear of something
- Doing whatever you can to avoid the subject of your fear
- Your fear is getting in the way of your day-to-day life
- These signs and symptoms have been around for over six months
It is worth noting that if you feel anxiety or fear for things such as public speaking or similar, these fall more under social anxiety than phobias.
Panic Disorders usually manifest in the form of a panic attack. But, it is not just a panic attack — it is more. These panic attacks come regularly and frequently, and get in the way of daily life. Panic attacks cause the sufferer not only psychological symptoms but physical effects as well. You can expect: