Guide To The Major Types Of Anxiety Disorders

Social Anxiety Disorder

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Most individuals have experienced some level of discomfort or nervousness when exposed to a new social situation. But in a neurotypical person, that anxiety isn't debilitating enough to interfere with their day-to-day life. Social anxiety disorder causes affected individuals to be so anxious in social situations that they can't handle the stress. Many with this disorder avoid social contact altogether because they're uncomfortable with making eye contact, engaging in small talk, and attempting to connect with their peers. Though the anxiety is related to social interactions, it can be so debilitating that it impacts every area of their life. Their social relationships will suffer, they will have trouble with workplace relationships, and they may avoid family gatherings. Many individuals who self-isolate due to social anxiety end up experiencing feelings of depression. Social anxiety is actually among the most common mental health issues in the world. Different patients might struggle with different social situations. Someone might have trouble meeting new people but have no problems with old family members. Some situations patients might avoid include using public restrooms, talking to strangers, public speaking engagements, and parties.

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