Signs & Symptoms

  • Intense fear of social and performance situations
  • Avoids social situations or endures them with intense distress
  • Fears situations such as unstructured interactions with peers, initiating conversations, performing in front of others, inviting others to get together, talking on the telephone, and eating in front of others
  • Minimal interaction and conversation with peers
  • Appears isolated and on the fringes of the group
  • May sit alone in the library or cafeteria, hang back
  • Excessive shyness
  • Concern about negative evaluation, humiliation or embarrassment
  • Difficulty with public speaking, reading aloud, being called on in class, gym class
  • Anticipation of a social event may provoke a panic attack
  • Physical symptoms such as sweating, blushing, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, nausea, muscle tenseness