Untitled Document
Home  |  Franšais  |  English

“Just the thought of going to a party would send me over the edge. I just couldn’t cope with not knowing what to say or do with people that I didn’t know. I would start to worry about the event for weeks before it took place and then I would get all sorts of physical symptoms. By the time the day of the party rolled around I’d feel so frightened and anxious that I couldn’t go or I’d just pretend I was sick. It really took a toll on my family and I felt so guilty about it”

Social Anxiety Disorder or Social Phobia is the most common anxiety disorder. It is a condition which involves being afraid of becoming appraised or judged negatively by others and as a result, feeling embarrassed or humiliated. Your fears of about what others will think are out of proportion to the actual situation and even though you may know this, it will still concern you and makes you very anxious and will encourage you to want to avoid social situations.

This will often result in avoidance of situations where you may feel that you will experience an increased likelihood of being judged negatively. People with Social Anxiety Disorder, can become quite afraid of making presentations or public speaking, eating in restaurants or in front of anyone, going to parties, blushing in public, meeting new people, etc.  

As someone with Social Anxiety Disorder, you might be afraid of only certain situations while another person may feel very anxious in many different social situations.   

Often people may have some of these common symptoms of Social Anxiety Disorder including:

  • Blushing
  • Sweating
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Shaking
  • Dry Mouth
  • Excessive perspiring
  • Feeling very hot
  • Being afraid of losing track of a conversation

Often people with Social Anxiety Disorder experience a lot of anticipatory anxiety about upcoming events or over time may begin to avoid social situations altogether and may experience panic attacks that are specifically related to the social situations that concern them.  In other cases, people diagnosed with Social Anxiety Disorder may endure social situations over and over again, but with constant high levels of anxiety.

In order to be diagnosed with Social Anxiety Disorder, your anxiety and/or avoidance of situations must cause you a lot of distress and/or interfere with work, family, social activities or significant relationships.

If you think you may have Social Anxiety Disorder, speak to your family physician, psychologist or psychiatrist.


  Untitled Document
Look for news on our Webinar series coming late Fall.
ADAC/ACTA is not a referral service and we do not have mental health professionals on staff to answer questions. When possible please refer to our affiliate association in your province for references to services in your area.

QUEBEC (ATAQ): www.athaq.ca/
ONTARIO (ADAO): www.anxiety
MANITOBA (ADAM): www.adam.mb.ca
BRITISH COLUMBIA (ADABC) : www.anxietybc.com


To contact us by email:

© Copyright 2007, Anxiety Disorders Association of Canada