People with social phobia disorder are extremely anxious about what they will say or do in front of other people. This includes public speaking and day-to-day social situations. But it is more than just being shy or nervous before public speaking. The fear can begin weeks or months before an event. It can cause a fast heartbeat and make it hard to focus.
Some people fear only one or a few types of social situations. For other people, many situations cause stress. This problem affects your daily life. You may be so stressed or afraid that you avoid public situations, including missing work and school.
What causes social phobia disorder?
Doctors don’t know what causes social phobia disorder. They think it may run in families. But they are not sure if it’s because of genetics or a response to a traumatic situation.
What are the symptoms?
Social phobia disorder causes both emotional and physical symptoms.
- It can make you nervous, sad, or easily upset before or during a social event. You may worry a lot or be afraid that something bad will happen.
- The anxiety can cause you to blush, sweat, and feel shaky. Your heart may beat faster than normal, and you may have a hard time focusing.