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What fears do people with social anxiety disorder have?

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All socially anxious people have different reasons for dreading certain situations, but in general, it’s an overwhelming fear of:

  • Being judged by others in social situations
  • Being embarrassed or humiliated -- and showing it by blushing, sweating, or shaking
  • Accidentally offending someone
  • Being the center of attention

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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