This can include many types of phobias and anxieties. People who are affected by social phobia may worry about entering into social situations and what people may think of them. For example, you may worry about eating in the school canteen, getting up to speak in front of the class or speaking in groups or individual situations.
Social phobia can often make those affected feel that they are being judged by other people. You may feel that you would rather avoid the situation than go through the experience of feeling anxious.
- Do you feel that others are judging you in social situations?
- Do you feel anxious or fearful in social situations?
- Do you find it difficult to talk to groups of people or when in a one on one conversation?
- Do you feel fearful when being asked to read out or speak aloud in class?
If you can answer “yes” to any of the above questions, you may be experiencing a social phobia.
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