Social Anxiety: What Is It and What Can You Do About It?

Upset girl ghosted by boyfriend, waiting for him alone in coffeeshop, frustrated female rejected by admirer or lover, wasting time for cancelled date, sad outcast jealous of happy friends in cafe,Have you ever been nervous heading in for your first day of work or before a party? If so, you’re certainly not alone.

You’re also not alone if you’re one of the 15 million American adults who have social anxiety.


While it may be normal to have the occasional butterfly in your stomach before certain social situations, it’s a disorder if it happens all the time and limits your ability to live a full life or function around others.

Social anxiety can be debilitating and interfere with simple, day-to-day activities like going to work, attending social gatherings, or even heading out to the store for errands. It is an intense fear of being judged, negatively evaluated, or rejected in a social or performance situation.

A fear of coming off as dumb or awkward can intensify anxious feelings and lead to avoiding social situations altogether.
Avoiding social situations can easily lead to missed opportunities, experiences, or relationships, poor performance at work, poor social skills, low self-esteem, social isolation, depression, or worse.

The symptoms of social anxiety include:
• Persistent, intense fear or anxiety about specific social situations because you believe you’ll be negatively judged, embarrassed, or humiliated
• Avoidance of anxiety-producing social situations or enduring them with intense fear or anxiety
• Excessive anxiety that is disproportionate to the situation
• Anxiety or distress that interferes with daily living
• Physical symptoms like racing heart, sweating, trembling, twitching, and dry mouth can also appear


Social anxiety, however, is a treatable condition. Psychotherapy – talk therapy – with a psychologist can help. Cognitive behavioral therapy also appears to have a high adherence and success rate.

Exposure therapy is another form of treatment. With it, a patient is exposed to one or more anxiety-producing social situations in a controlled environment. The goal is to teach coping strategies instead of avoidance.

If you feel overly anxious anytime you have to go out, and it’s limiting your lifestyle, speak to a doctor about treatment options.

Author Bio

About eight years ago, Mat Lecompte had an epiphany. He’d been ignoring his health and suddenly realized he needed to do something about it. Since then, through hard work, determination and plenty of education, he has transformed his life. He’s changed his body composition by learning the ins and outs of nutrition, exercise, and fitness and wants to share his knowledge with you. Starting as a journalist over 10 years ago, Mat has not only honed his belief system and approach with practical experience, but he has also worked closely with nutritionists, dieticians, athletes, and fitness professionals. He embraces natural healing methods and believes that diet, exercise and willpower are the foundation of a healthy, happy, and drug-free existence.