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When does social anxiety occur?

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Anyone with social anxiety disorder can experience it in different ways, but here are some common situations that people with the condition tend to have trouble with:

Some of these situations might not cause a problem for you. For example, giving a speech may be easy, but going to a party might be a nightmare. You could also be great at one-on-one conversations, but not at stepping into crowded classrooms.

  • Talking to strangers
  • Speaking in public
  • Dating
  • Making eye contact
  • Entering rooms
  • Using public restrooms
  • Going to parties
  • Eating in front of other people
  • Going to school or work
  • Starting conversations

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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