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Symptoms of Social Anxiety Disorder

Social anxiety disorder (SAD) symptoms differ from person to person. Some may have only a few, while others have many.
People with SAD may stay away from social settings or public places because they fear:
  • Being teased or criticized
  • Being the center of attention
  • Meeting or talking to new people
  • Meeting or talking to people who may be in charge
  • Eating, writing, or speaking in public
  • Using public toilets
In social events people may have:
  • Blushing
  • Excessive sweating
  • Shaking
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Problems making eye contact
These symptoms can make fears worse. This can lead to panic attacks. Over time, the person may stay away from areas where a panic attack happened.


Social anxiety disorder. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T115906/Social-anxiety-disorder. Updated September 21, 2018. Accessed February 27, 2019.
Social anxiety disorder: More than just shyness. National Institute of Mental Health website. Available at: https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/social-anxiety-disorder-more-than-just-shyness/index.shtml. Accessed February 27, 2019.
Social phobia. Merck Manual Professional Version website. Available at: https://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/psychiatric-disorders/anxiety-and-stressor-related-disorders/social-phobia. Updated July 2018. Accessed February 27, 2019.

Revision Information

  • Reviewer: EBSCO Medical Review Board Adrian Preda, MD
  • Review Date: 12/2018
  • Update Date: 02/27/2019