is Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD)?
SAD is a form of anxiety that occurs in certain social situations
the fear in SAD concerns:
- Doing something embarrassing
- Thinking others will think badly of you
- Thinking others will notice how nervous or anxious you are
people this anxiety might be related to very specific situations, such as
public speaking or eating or writing in public. For other people it might
relate to more general situations such as meeting new people, being assertive
or those situations when you are feeling judged; such as when contributing in
meetings or hosting a party.
people with SAD face their feared situations they feel extremely anxious and
sometimes experience panic attacks. Fear can lead to avoidance of the feared
situation. For example, if a person is fearful in groups they will make excuses
not to attend group functions to avoid the feelings of anxiety that are
triggered by this situation.
gets Social Anxiety Disorder?
usually develops in adolescence and it is uncommon for SAD to develop after the
age of 25.
been found to be present in 4.7% of Australian adults over a 12-month period
(nearly 5 in 100).
development of SAD may be a result of:
- Biological and psychological vulnerability to being anxious about
- Exposure to stressful social or performance situations
- Unpleasant childhood experiences (e.g. conflict between parents,
death of someone, poverty).