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What does social anxiety disorder feel like?

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Again, the experience may be different for everyone, but if you have social anxiety and you’re in a stressful situation, you might have physical symptoms like:

You may start having symptoms and getting anxious immediately before an event, or you might spend weeks worrying about it. Afterward, you could spend a lot of time and mental energy worrying about how you acted.

  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Muscle tension
  • Dizziness and lightheadedness
  • Stomach trouble and diarrhea
  • Inability to catch breath
  • "Out-of-body” sensations

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Social Anxiety Disorder.”

Andrew Kukus Foundation for Social Anxiety : “What is social anxiety?”

Anxiety and Depression Association of America: “Social Anxiety Disorder.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 20, 2019

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Social Anxiety Disorder.”

Andrew Kukus Foundation for Social Anxiety : “What is social anxiety?”

Anxiety and Depression Association of America: “Social Anxiety Disorder.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 20, 2019

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