Social Anxiety is a specific type of anxiety that involves a strong, persistent fear related to interactions with others. People who suffer from Social Anxiety Disorder tend to avoid situations in which they must meet new people, interact with those they don’t know well, or be scrutinized by others. They may be afraid they’ll behave awkwardly or embarrass themselves by showing how anxious they are. When they must function in a social situation (such as answering a question in class), they may become extremely anxious.
Watch this YouTube video to learn more about how it feels to have Social Anxiety:
Want to learn more? Read this article from the National Institutes of Mental Health to discover more about the symptoms and treatment of Social Anxiety.
The Counseling Center offers several services that may be helpful for students with Social Anxiety; call us or drop by to schedule a time to meet with one of our intake counselors for a confidential, one-on-one meeting to assess your needs.