Social anxiety disorder (SAD) symptoms differ from person to person. Some may have only a few, while others have many.
People with SAD may stay away from social settings or public places because they fear:
- Being teased or criticized
- Being the center of attention
- Meeting or talking to new people
- Meeting or talking to people who may be in charge
- Eating, writing, or speaking in public
- Using public toilets
In social events people may have:
- Excessive sweating
- Nausea or vomiting
- Problems making eye contact
These symptoms can make fears worse. This can lead to panic attacks. Over time, the person may stay away from areas where a panic attack happened.
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Last reviewed December 2018 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Adrian Preda, MD Last Updated: 2/27/2019