Symptoms of Social Anxiety Disorder

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:

  • Blushing
  • Excessive sweating
  • Shaking
  • 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

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