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How do I know if I have social anxiety disorder?

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Last Updated: 06/29/2020 at 10:17pm
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September 4th, 2019 5:34pm
There is really only one way to know if you have social anxiety disorder, which is by going to your doctor and ask to receive an official diagnosis. Your doctor will probably refer you to a psychologist (or in some cases a psychiatrist) and they will be able to come to a proper diagnosis. Mental healthcare (just like physical healthcare of course) is so complex that you're not going to reach a proper diagnosis otherwise. A psychologist will usually ask you to fill in some questionnaires about how you feel in certain situations and have a couple of conversations with you. Based on that, they're normally able to give a diagnosis pretty fast, and a suggestion for a therapy to make your situation more managable, but they will only do things together with you and only if you agree with their suggestions. So you don't have to worry about suddenly receiving all kinds of therapies and treatments that you don't want, you'll be in control.
September 9th, 2019 3:35pm
Anxiety is a feeling of unease, like fear or worry, that many if not all of all experience at some points in our lives. Most of us will feel worried about social situations occasionally. What makes it a social anxiety disorder is when you feel you have lost control of this and it begins to dominate many parts of your life. It becomes an intense fear that doesn't go away and affects your everyday life. Symptoms can be different for individuals, but if you notice that you have a long lasting, overwhelming and distressing fear of social situations, it is likely that you may suffer from a social anxiety disorder.
December 16th, 2019 12:15pm
The only way to know for certain would be to get a medical diagnosis from a professional. If you just want to have a general idea of it for your own piece of mind you can read about it and determine if the symptoms of it match your own experiences. There are plenty of people especially in today's society that do suffer from a social anxiety disorder so if you happen to be one of them, you are far from alone in your experiences of it. I do recommend that you get a professional diagnosis rather than rely solely on the internet though. Nevertheless, there are treatments to help you through it if it is the case for you. Take care! -LC
June 29th, 2020 10:17pm
To start off, only a professional can properly diagnose any mental health illnesses. A lot of times, symptoms are mistaken for the wrong illness. But some of the most common symptoms of social anxiety are Feeling nervous around others, feeling panicked and sweaty, avoiding social situations, canceling plans last minute, panic attacks, and more. Some good ways to help you with these symptoms are to see a professional, talk to a friend or family member about what’s happening, write down in a journal how you’re feeling, use deep breathing and grounding techniques, and using positive affirmations when you’re feeling anxious.