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A 46-year-old member asked:

How to know if i have social anxiety or something similar?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Psychiatric eval.: Symptoms of a social anxiety disorder can including being worried about being judged by others or doing something to embarrass yourself around others. You could turn pink, sweat, tremble, suddenly find it hard to talk or make eye contact or have a shaky voice. You might avoid doing things w people so that you don't do something embarrassing ; you likely make an effort to never be the center of >.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Provided original answer
attention. It may be particularly anxiety provoking to interact w strangers. Have a social anxiety disorder interferes w every day living (school, work, socializing).
Apr 12, 2014
Dr. Ana Adelstein
Clinical Psychology 28 years experience
Your Discomfort Zone: See this page from Anxiety Disorders Assn of BC which contains educational & self-help tools (incl. a video) for managing, even overcoming social anxiety: http://ow.ly/EX9Nx Effective treatment for social anxiety will involve putting yourself in feared social situations, going from ones you fear only a little to others you fear a lot. A CBT expert coach can be big help!
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Various forms...: Anxiety can show itself in various forms and to a variety of degrees. Mild anxiety is not necessarily a bad thing, especially if it is temporary and in response to a direct stimulus. Moderate to severe anxiety that is consistent and not in response to some specific identifiable trigger is more problematic regardless of whether you have an "attack." If this is you...consult with a psychologist.

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A 45-year-old member asked:

How do I know if I have a kind of social anxiety?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Social Phobia: Do you become anxious/fearful/ embarrassed in every day interactions with others? Is hard for you talk to other people or look them in the eyes? Do you go out of your way to avoid interacting with others? Are you afraid that other people are judging you ; that anything you do might lead to a humiliating situation? If yes to these, does it impact your job, school, ; daily living? A psychiatric.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Provided original answer
evaluation can clarify if you have a social anxiety disorder. Take care.
Feb 5, 2014
A 41-year-old member asked:

Do I have to be diagnosed to know I have social anxiety?

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Dr. Barbara Lavi
Clinical Psychology 36 years experience
No you know: Best how you feel. You may want to speak with a psychologist to learn ways to cope with social anxiety and with a psychiatrist to consider medication if talk therapy does not relieve your anxiety.
A female asked:

How do i know if i have social anxiety?

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Dr. Julia Mchugh
Clinical Psychology 12 years experience
Your the expert: Social anxiety is a very personal experience. It can have variations of severity and look differently for everyone. Generally I would say if being in public is making you so anxious it is stopping you from doing something or causing you stress then it is a problem. A problem that can be worked on and improved. So talk to a professional who will help you manage your anxiety and overcome your fears.

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