There are many different diseases, including physical diseases and mental diseases, diseases that cause many problems & issues in our lives. One of such disease which is quite common but hard to encounter is a social disorder – a mental disease that causes people to lose confidence and have fear for simple life events. Just like every disease, this one also has some symptoms, some social anxiety traits that will help you to identify this disease and people having it.
To find out people with social anxiety, you need to look at several factors, analyze one’s actions and social behaviour. After that, you will be able to detect whenever this person has a social anxiety disorder or it is just some shyness and lack of openness.
How to detect whenever a person has Social Anxiety Disorder
The first thing you will need to learn to differentiate people with Social Anxiety from regular people is to look at their behaviours and actions with people they don’t know. Of course, some people are a bit shyer and closed while others feel very confident and open even with strangers, but people who have some kind of social phobia are just too shy, feel scared to talk with people they don’t know very well & closely.
You have to find a fine line between real shyness and social anxiety if you actually want not to confuse shy people with ones who are just shy. For example, it is totally fine to feel shy with people who you have a crush on or to feel shy on a first date (or several first dates). Many people also tend to be less open with people who they have never met before, feel less confident and a bit shy with strangers.
Also, many kids usually feel shy with adults and often feel too shy with a lot of adult strangers around.
All of that above is perfectly fine in most cases and does not shows any real signs of Social Anxiety Disorder.
But if you noticed the symptoms listed below, then there are good chances that the person you are taking a look at has some kind of social anxiety.
Fear of attention
People with Social Anxiety are often afraid of being at the center of attention, they are always avoiding to attract too much attention. Of course, it is normal to worry a bit before hosting a show or being a speaker in front of thousands, but being very afraid to speak in your friends’ meeting or in your class is usually a sign of social anxiety.
Avoiding meeting new people because of fear
If someone is always trying to avoid communication with strangers and can’t start a conversation with new people, there are good chances that this person has some sort of social anxiety. It is normal to feel a bit shy with strangers, but no one should be always afraid to communicate.
Fear of judging from others
There is nothing wrong if someone cares about what other people think about him/her, after all, he/she doesn’t live alone on earth, but it is wrong and not ok to take it too far.
If someone is concerned about what others will think and say just too much, if someone fears to do anything because of other random people’s judgments, then this person has social anxiety.
Fear of others noticing you feel uncomfortable
It is also common that people with social anxiety worry that other people will notice he/she is nervous and is not feeling comfortable in a certain place of situation. This feel in a specific situation is usually fine, but worrying too much about it in most places and situations is usually a sign of social fears and anxiety.
Fear of worst
If someone is always afraid of the worst, turning even a little issue into a huge problem, then most likely this person has social anxiety. It is not normal nor good to think each time that the worst possible option is going to happen.
Fear of physical signs of fear
People with social anxiety usually worry about their physical signs that may prove they are worrying, feel fear and feel less confident. If someone often gets sweaty, starts shaking or trembling, sounds shaky and after all tries hard to hide all that, most likely this person has social anxiety.
As you see most social anxiety traits are based on pure fear and shyness, while both of them are common in all humans at some rate, having too much of both usually means social anxiety disorder.