Health Tip: Extreme Shyness

- Many people are shy, but extreme shyness or fear in social situations may signal a condition called social anxiety disorder.

Social anxiety disorder can be controlled with therapy, medication or a combination of both. Here are some characteristics that help to identify the disorder, courtesy of the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health:

  • Feeling excessively self-conscious while around others.
  • An intense, debilitating fear of being embarrassed, watched or judged by others.
  • Physical symptoms of extreme anxiety, including sweating, nausea, shaking and sweating.
  • Significant difficulty speaking around others, or forgetting what to say.

Posted: January 2008


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