Depression & Mental Health

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INFORMATION FOR WOMEN WHO HAVE SOCIAL ANXIETY DISORDER DURING PREGNANCY OR BREASTFEEDING

 

What is social anxiety disorder?

Social anxiety disorder, also called social phobia, is a condition that is characterized by the presence of anxiety or fear in connection with social interactions, or due to the anticipation of potential judgment by others, or embarrassment. Along with anxiety, the person can suffer spells of sweating, shortness of breath, nausea, shakiness, or palpitations. The severity of the anxiety attacks can range from being uncomfortable (but the poerson is able to function) to panic that makes it impossible to function at work, school, or some particular task. The person may not want to eat with other people, interact with strangers, or use public restrooms.  If you suffer from social anxiety disorder, you actually want to participate in social situations, but the anxiety prevents you from doing so. This can lead people with social anxiety to isolate themselves, which further slows the development of social skills, leading to a vicious cycle.


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