There are a wide range of physical symptoms a social anxiety sufferer could experience if a person anticipates or are in a social anxiety provoking situation. The severity of anxiety a person can experience might vary depending on the person.
Here is a list of common social situations that could induce an anxiety in someone who social anxiety disorder:
- Public speaking.
- Eating in public.
- Being interviewed by a stranger.
- Writing in public.
- Speaking with strangers.
- Using the phone.
- Attending social events (e.g., parties, concerts)
- Using public restrooms.
- Talking with important people or authority figures.
- Doing any sort of activity where the person might be watched. I.E, sexual interaction, standing in a line, or working.
If put in one of the above social anxiety provoking situations, a sufferer’s heart might start beating more rapidly and their palms may begin sweating. The person might soon start exhibiting all the signs of an anxiety attack; the response to flee the situation begins. The feelings or anxiety or panic don’t ease until after that person has left the anxiety causing situation.
Physical symptoms of social anxiety disorder vary from person to person but below is a common list of symptoms associated with this mental disorder. Keep in mind that these symptoms could occur before (steadily increasing in severity before the event) or during the social anxiety causing event or situation:
- Rapid heartbeat.
- Involuntary twitching.
- Shaky voice.
- Dry mouth.
- Muscle tension.
- Upset stomach.
- Trembling or shaking.
Remember that the above list is just a “common” list of physical symptoms a person with social anxiety disorder could have. Also, now that you know what the symptoms are, you should contact a doctor to see if you actually do have social anxiety disorder.