Social Anxiety Disorder is an anxiety disorder characterized by intense feelings of worry and distress in social situations. Do you know how to spot the difference between shyness and social anxiety? It’s very easy to mistake having social anxiety as just being shy. So, here are 8 clear signs you might have social anxiety. We also did a video on differences between shyness and social anxiety before:
Also, as a disclaimer, do not use this video to self diagnosed social anxiety. It’s best to talk to a professional. However, if you’re really looking for help, you can also try online counselling here:
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Social Anxiety – More than Shyness
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5 Ways to Deal with Social Anxiety on Your Own
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