Do social situations make you so anxious that you do whatever you can to avoid them?
Or do you have a loved one in your life that is avoiding situations?
It is normal to feel nervous when talking in front of a crowd or meeting unfamiliar people. However, for someone who experiences worrying and anxiousness socially, these experiences can feel so intense that they either choose to avoid them altogether, or endure the experience with great distress.
In Australia approximately 4.7% of adults report living with Social Anxiety. But what is it exactly? It is that feeling of distress in social situations, fearing potential humiliation and negative judgement by others.
If you are experiencing thoughts of suicide, contact crisis support services such as Lifeline (13 11 14), the Kids Helpline (1800 55 1800) or the NSW Mental Health Line (1800 011 511).