Millions of people around the world suffer from Social Anxiety Disorder (also known as Social Phobia) and related conditions.Despite being the most common type of anxiety disorder and the cause of much impairment and suffering, it is under-recognised and under-treated.Many people can go through this kind of experience during adolescence, but for SA'ers the problems can persist well beyond those years.Over time, many sufferers come to avoid the situations they fear or become very inhibited or defensive in situations, often leading to depression and loneliness.If you have experienced or do experience feelings such as these, you could well have Social Anxiety or the more severe form - Social Anxiety Disorder.Experiencing these kinds of feelings and thoughts can be very isolating, you can feel like the only person in the world with these kinds of problems, but one of the most reassuring things that many people gain from joining the SAUK community is that they are not alone, that others have experienced and continue to experience the same thoughts and feelings.Much useful information is contained both on this website and in the forums, and support is available from the Forum and Chatrooms, please take your time to explore everything that the SAUK organisation can offer you.'Regular' social anxiety is known to all of us as an uncomfortable feeling of nervousness.
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Everyday tasks which most people take for granted - such as working, socialising, shopping, speaking on the telephone, even just going out of the house - might be a wearing ordeal marked by persistent feelings of anxiety and self-consciousness.
Public performances or social gatherings might be out of the question.