What is social anxiety and what can we do to help?
Having social anxiety is something many teens and adults struggle with. Social anxiety is a chronic mental health condition in which social interactions cause irritational anxiety. For people with social anxiety disorder, everyday social interactions fear, self consciousness, and embarrassment. Children or teens who experience bullying, rejection, or humiliation may be more prone to social anxiety disorder. Also, other negative events in life such as family trauma, may also be associated with this.
Social anxiety is very common. There are ways to help this as well. You could practice public speaking, introduce yourself to anxiety-inducing situations, or even talk to a family member or friend. A lot of the time, issues can be solved by just opening up to someone and getting all of your thoughts out.
Symptoms for this may include anxiety, palpitations, social isolation, or sweating. You don’t ever have to be ashamed of having social anxiety. There is always something you can do to help it or make it a little better.