Social anxiety is one of the largest mental health problems in the world today. Rather few of us succeeded in communicating without any psychological borders while for most people is common to feel awkward while being in the center of public attention. However, awkwardness cannot be compared to panic which emerges out of nowhere before the important presentation or an interview.
Fear of being involved in social events frequently comes from one’s childhood. Overprotective parents frequently make children avoid unnecessary communication to help them stay away from trouble. Or they teach kids to behave very rigorously as if anytime they make a mistake the whole environment will inevitably notice it. Many people with social anxiety disorder report that they were afraid of people since childhood. However, the disorder may be developed during the life if a person has come through quite an embarrassing social situation. There is also a scientific view on the problem; scientists claim that fear of social interaction emerges due to the imbalance of serotonin.
Social anxiety disorder brings a lot of inconveniences to everyday routine. People with social phobia are afraid to eat, drink, speak on the phone when in public because they expect others to judge them. They frequently avoid parties and other entertainments which involve social interaction. Moreover, people are afraid to call their friends and talk with them. Being in the social setting, anxious individuals have visible symptoms such as shaking, sweating, and fast heartbeat which makes communication even more awkward. It is also important that socially anxious people anticipate possible and impossible negative consequences of interaction so frequently that they end up in a panic attack.