What is social anxiety?

Dr. Seema Sehgal, a board-certified Psychiatrist, explains that all of us have a certain degree of anxiety when we are faced in normal situations such as public speaking, during interviews or meeting people for the first time. There are people that are traditionally shy. Social anxiety is a specific disorder where people’s anxiety starts to really escalate even through everyday interactions causing them severe embarrassment and feelings of self-consciousness. They have a fear of being scrutinized, humiliated and criticized by people they are around and so it leads to a real impact on their daily functioning.

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