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How will social anxiety disorder affect my life?

Living with social anxiety disorder can be very difficult on an individual's personal and work lives. Many individuals suffering from social anxiety disorder can have difficulty establishing relationships and interacting in social settings.

Individuals suffering from social anxiety disorder are in persistent fear of one or more situations in which the person is exposed to possible scrutiny by others and fears that he or she may do something or act in a way that will be humiliating or embarrassing. Feared activities may include almost any type of social interaction, especially small groups, dating, parties, talking to strangers, restaurants, etc. Possible physical symptoms include "mind going blank", fast heartbeat, difficulty breathing, blushing, stomach ache, nausea and gagging. Thoughts are often self-defeating and inaccurate.

Social anxiety disorder in many cases can be an extremely debilitating disorder, especially because one who struggles with it often suffers alone. Individuals who believe they are suffering from this disorder should seek medical help early on. The most important clinical point to emerge from studies of social anxiety disorder is the benefit of early diagnosis and treatment.

While social anxiety disorder can be very difficult to live with, individuals suffering from the disorder can make a full recovery and become more productive by following their health care provider's recommendations.  

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