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Social anxiety is a discomfort or a fear when a person is in social interactions that involve a concern about being judged or evaluated by others. It is typically characterized by an intense fear of what others are thinking about them (specifically fear of embarrassment, criticism, or rejection), which results in the individual feeling insecure, not good enough for other people, and/or the assumption that peers will automatically reject them. Developmental social anxiety occurs early in childhood as a normal part of the development of social functioning, and is a stage that most children grow out of, but it may persist or resurface and grow into chronic social anxiety. People vary in how often they experience social anxiety and in which kinds of situations.

A psychopathological (chronic and disabling) form of social anxiety is called social phobia or social anxiety disorder, and is a chronic problem that can result in a reduced quality of life. It is approximated that roughly 40 million American adults ages 18 and older (18.1%) have an anxiety disorder. The difference between social anxiety and normal apprehension of social situations is that social anxiety involves an intense feeling of fear in social situations and especially situations that are unfamiliar or in which one will be watched or evaluated by others. The feeling of fear is extremely intense in these types of situations, occasionally causing one to become so worried that he or she feels anxious just thinking about them and will go to great lengths to avoid them.

Overcoming social anxiety depends on the person and the situation. In some cases it can be relatively easy—just a matter of time for many individuals—yet for some people social anxiety can become a very difficult, painful and even disabling problem that is chronic in nature. The reasons are unknown. Social anxiety can be related to shyness or anxiety disorders or other emotional or temperamental factors, but its exact nature is still the subject of research and theory and the causes may vary depending on the individual. Recovery from chronic social anxiety is possible in many cases, but usually only with some kind of therapy or sustained self-help or support group work.



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  1. It’s a good and informative video…it helps me to know about lot of things on it… Good job bro…👍👍

  2. What if you do have evidence because people objectively treat you like crap?

  3. Iam getting help

    Iam 12 😩🌹

  4. My biggest thing is family members. With strangers, I’m honestly fine. It’s more about family members or friends of friends, people that are close but not that close. I feel like everyone hates me.

  5. Friends? Been there, not interested..

  6. Can someone go on my youtube channel and see if i have social anxiety

  7. 💞💞💞💞😊

  8. 💗thank you, Kati for your loving acts in giving your time to others.💗💞

  9. Thanks my lady for great explination

  10. This year I decided to keep going to public school after my really awesome first ever not homeschool shut down after one semester which gave me sever depression that hasn't stopped even know edit: *now (sorry) months later, and now in my new school I'm getting really bullied which has given me social anxiety. HELP!!!!

  11. Just by thinking about CBT gives me a panic attack. I'm pretty aure this stems from an experience I had when I was younger when they were putting me through tests to see my diagnosis. They put me in social situations and made me try and speak in front of an audience. What ended up happening is that I started to hipperventalate and I started to cry out of frustration. I never finished those tests. Another one was when I was with my therapisy while there was another child who was wayy younger than me in the room. The therapist said to play with the little girl and I repeatedly said no as he tried to bribe me into it. He even offered me 100 dollars and I didn't do it because of fear of socializing. Right now I have no therapy at all and thinking about getting one makes me freak out. I've started my own journal to calm myself down when I think back about humilating times and I've started to talk and open myself to other people so I'm slitly inproving myself slowly.

  12. I have so many mental health issues but luckily not this one! But I do have a similar thing! Since three years ago on Silvester, so many women got raped in a huge crowd of people, I am not able to be in the crowd of hundreds and hundreds of people anymore! I have been raped,too in the past. But as far as everyday life situations go, I am still okay!

  13. But when I imagine being in a public place I don’t feel nothing. But when I am in real life I get a panic attack.

  14. Being humble and demure is the key to treating social anxiety imo. It's okay to feel scared bit also it's okay to feel happy when the motive to be with others is a subjective good one. Humans think and judge for a reason so it's okay to have anixous tendencies and beliefs. When we don't want to approach people I believe to treat this want is to push that wanting aside and to approach people and say "hello" with eye contact face to face to somebody you don't know and a compliment and a more comfortable interaction with people falls into place. Just my opinion. I'm not a doctor but a social anxious adult doer and observer fyi. Help is always here for those who feel there is a problem. -Sal

  15. I mean the only way to get rid of it is to overcome are fears… Things that scare us we have to face them. I know is gonna be hard but… Only way..

  16. I think I have this but I don't want to get help because the thought of talking in front of people without being scared drives me crazy and makes me nervous because I'm afraid they will all be judging me. I can't even cough in class because I'm too afraid of people judging. I can't speak in front of people or anything like that.

  17. Great job in Shane's videos and I'm loving this video. Thank you.

  18. When you think you have social anxiety but you don’t tell anyone or see a therapist because what you think is social anxiety is that bad

  19. So a boy in my class is like always quiet in class when I look it him I can tell he have social anxiety so I made a secret account in instagram so he can talk in this account about how he feel to me he dosent know who he is talking to so far very good he is talking to me how he feels everytime in class and how bad his vocation went I do belive social anxiety makes people want to throw up cuz he wanted to throw up many times and his stomach always hurts him I hope I can help him

  20. Q – What do we call one human?
    A – A person.

    Q – What do we call two humans?
    A – Two people.

    Q – What do we call more than three humans?
    A – A "no, thanks". 👌💀😷
    Social Anxiety – You called? 😎

  21. I think I have social anxiety. I’m 14 and I feel like I’ve had this all my life. In nursery my teachers thought I had mutism but I didn’t. I tried to tell my family but they won’t listen and just make fun of me. I don’t know what to do about it.

  22. I have social anxiety and panic disorder, but I’m not shy and i never appear to be anxious either, but on the inside I’m panicky or high anxiety unless I’m around people I’m comfortable with. Why is it that i have this but i don’t appear to have it on the outside? Its a good thing but when i have to tell someone about my anxiety they think I’m just making it up i feel.

  23. Hi I was wondering if you could speak on cannabis use disorder

  24. I definitely struggle with this disorder. I physically cannot socialize and i do not have a single friend other than my girlfriend(She lives across the world and it is a long distance relationship) Who i talk to whenever possible. I think i can talk to my girlfriend as well as i do because its over the phone and not in the real world. I go through the day at school feeling very sad and lonely so that i feel drained by the end of the day. My only safe haven from my troubles is video games and talking to my girlfriend. Doing these things are the only activities that block out my depression.

  25. im pretty sure i have social anxiety but i was never actually diagnosed with it (bc im too scared to go to a therapist bc of my social anxiety) but i do get anxiety in social situations and panic attacks but i think that im a lot better than i once was bc my anxiety attacks are mot as serious as they once were. those methods she said to overcome social anxiety really work, u have to basically face your fear and it will not be as bad but i just had a lot of experiences facing my fears at school through presentations, group work, walking past large crowds, etc

  26. I have a social anxiety and I'm in slow death 😟…….. I want to change my life …I want to live in another country I am from Morocco in north Africa i wanna leave my city to start a new life in love and peace this is my dream …. I am 22 years old but the problem is that I don't have the money to travel …My father is dead and my family poor ….is a very difficult life and I wanna change my life for the better but I don't know what I will do……….😑😓

  27. You are afraid of being scrutinized so you go to a therapist to get scrutinized? Secondly, people with social anxiety have a very hard time expressing themselves and therapists read the persons comments falsely.
    It's like being claustrophobic. You can tell yourself that elevator is not going to hurt you all you want….. Still claustrophobic!
    When you sit on the toilet for 2 hours with a bucket in front of you, craping and puking. When your body is wrecked with so much pain in muscle spasms that you can't move. When you wake up with your face and hands covered in blood and bruises and don't know what happened. What do you do with that?
    I did the change your thinking thing. It didn't work. Works for some people maybe, But I'm on my seven acers alone with my gardens and chickens. It's peaceful and mostly stress free. I go talk to the neighbor when he's outside working sometimes.

  28. a problem i have is i don't like people because they way people treat me so i just sit inside in my room and game almost a full day and use my laptop so i can just escape people and escape reality is that some sort of disorder

  29. Me: calls suicide hotline
    Also me: hangs up because of social anxiety

  30. Hi Kati!
    Could you please make a video about "How to deal with embarrassment/ embarrassing situations". Or maybe just situations that we think were extremely embarrassing and keep thinking about it for a long time. I don't know if that is a symptom of a specific disorder.

  31. I have social phobia and I didn't know it since I got diagnosed about 2 years ago. It helped me to know that I can get better to cope with it by learning. Sometimes I throw myself into fearful situations and it helps so much. I never wanted to make a presentation at school because the fear was unbelievable. Nowadays I want to be the first. Yes I have always fear of it but you learn how to handle it and how to overcome this bad thoughts that tell you that everyone is judging you. It will get better I promise you 😘

  32. I was in therapy for social anxiety last year but I stopped going. It was always described to me as being a fear social embarrassment, but I never really related to that. Sure, I don't want to be embarrassed but the main reason I worry about social interaction and talking is having nothing to say and being bad at keeping a conversation going. I'm very reserved, when I'm not it's around people I'm comfortable with and that's mostly because my sense of humour can easily be misinterpreted and I don't know where I stand with new people. I was talking to a friend the other day and they said I was really sensitive because I once said "if you don't like goldfish you don't like me", but that was a joke and they had been terrified to say something that might offend me for like a year, lol. But yeah, I'm just more worried about what the other person is feeling I guess? So I don't want to be me or express myself because it will affect the other person. Can this be called social anxiety?

  33. I have social anxiety disorder,and when I'm nervous i have this weird feeling of urge to smile…d more im anxious my urge of smiling also increased..pls help,why i feeling this.thank you..✌

  34. I have such bad social anxiety that I don't like going out and if I do I usually go to places in and out quickly cause I have an anxiety attack to the point that I cry in public cause I feel like everybody is judging me and doesn't like me and it is as though I can hear their thoughts and they hate me even though they are treating me nice. I distance myself so much and only talk over text to two people out of everybody from church cause even at church I cry surrounded by a lot of people. I know they love me but all my thoughts and anxiety tells me no one likes me or they hate me. What I do is that I read a lot of encouraging books or watch encouraging videos or movies, or listen to encouraging music and sing along to calm down once I'm alone.

  35. Started CBT 3 months ago and medication 2 months ago and I’ve improved so much, I’ve realised how delusional my view towards myself was and how destructive it was. I’ve still got a long way to go but at least now I feel I’m equipped with the tools to deal with situations a lot better.


  37. Nothing therapist or doctors had to offer helped me with communicating, not cbt, not meds. I’ve forced myself thousands of times to attempt to be social but I just hardly ever can even talk coherently or say something properly or eloquently because my brain does not form thoughts properly so I end up attempting to talk but only getting a couple words in before I can’t figure out how to continue, so I just pause with a dumb and confused look on my face until I finally find the word or end of what I was trying to say. Of course people instantly start to treat me different and kind of pity me. It’s so painfully debilitating and it’s sad because I understand a lot and can “know” things but I can’t do anything with that understanding because I can’t consistently and reliably form it into something relatable. I was told from doctors since I was 9 that it’s depression and anxiety caused but no 25 years of dealing with this brain has shown me that it’s the reverse. My anxiety and depression come from this “cognitive impairment” that I’ve mentioned, if my brain worked properly then I wouldn’t be anxious or depressed. I feel like a lot of people that are “diagnosed” with these , either knowingly or not have the same thing going on as me

  38. Xd legit imagine yourself going out on the street in front of your house and like there is almost no one in the street and you start to cut the bush with and electirc cuter idn how you say that thing but you do that and you feal like everyone is looking at you like bad 5-7 idn why , you doing everything right no mistakes but you feal like that so yea

  39. If I had a friend. I would avoid them anyway because I have severe anxiety!

  40. I dont know what is the diagnosis of my case but idont not always have social fear i mean sometimes i've been very excited to go to social ocasions such as weddings,party ….etc but thats according to my mental status is that normal?

  41. What are some ways to completely erased your social anxiety? I read a lot of good opinions on the internet about how exactly Atoractove Secrets can help you completely eliminated your anxiety. Has anybody tested out this popular social anxiety methods?

  42. Hi kati Morton, I need your help in overcoming social anxiety, but I'm from Nigeria, I haven't gotten what I need here, please help

  43. Hallo Kati, thank you for your videos! I looked for CBT in the past, for my social anxiety, it looks like it doesn't exist here in Italy. Incredible! Sooner or later it will arrive here too! 🙂

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