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Symptoms of Social Anxiety Disorder
If you have social anxiety disorder, you may have the following symptoms during social interactions:
These visible symptoms can heighten the fear of disapproval and the symptoms themselves can become an additional focus of fear. Fear of symptoms can create a vicious cycle: you may worry about having these symptoms, which makes you more likely to actually experience them.
Any public situation, familiar or unfamiliar, formal or informal, can lead to symptoms of social anxiety disorder. Common examples include:
Social anxiety disorder can be broken into two categories.
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Last reviewed November 2012 by Michael Woods, MD
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