Social anxiety disorder is when an individual experiences symptoms of anxiety within one or more social situations where they may be exposed to negative criticism by peers or adults. Within social situations, individuals with social anxiety disorder may fear humiliating or embarrassing themselves, which may result in them avoiding certain places or situations. They may experience instant fear or anxiety when thinking about being in certain situations or places.
- Fear of acting in a way that would result in them being judged by others.
- Excessive worry concerning attendance at social events.
- Excessive worry and anxiety about giving class presentations or speaking in group activities.
- Avoidance of school, extracurricular activities or groups, or fear of eating in front of others.
- Often experiencing stomach and headaches.