Social Anxiety is a chronic mental health condition that can be characterized by an intense anxiety or fear of being judged, negatively evaluated, or rejected in a social performance or situation.

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excessive self- consciousness in everyday social situations

intense worry for days, weeks or even months before a social situation

intense fear of being watched or judged by others

fear of acting in a way that you will regret

fear that others will notice your anxiety

avoiding social situations to a degree that limits activities or disrupts life

staying quiet/hiding to escape being noticed or embarrassment

always needing to bring someone along wherever you go

red face/blushing

shortness of breath

upset stomach/nausea (butterflies)

trembling or shaking (including voice)

racing heart or tightness in chest

sweating or hot flashes

feeling dizzy or fainting



Misconception vs. Reality

“Social anxiety is just being shy.”

Social anxiety is way more than shyness. many people with social anxiety experience debilitating amounts of stress un-proportional to the situation at hand

“Social anxiety only affect public speaking.”

Social anxiety affects almost every aspect of one’s life - such as meeting new people; eating, drinking, or working while being watched; entering a room full of people; and many many other situations.

“Social anxiety is really uncommon.”

Social anxiety is among the most common of all mental health disorders, and is becoming more and more common

“Social anxiety is no big deal.”

Social anxiety actually can negatively impact a person’s productivity at work, family relationships, and can increase the likelihood of other co occurring mental health disorders

“People with social anxiety can just get over their fears.”

Trying to change the way they think is only effective for 37% of people with social anxiety. It’s often chronic in those who don’t get the right help, and unfortunately almost half of the people who suffer from this condition don’t seek help

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Project Calendula is intended to be a prelude for your mental health journey by guiding your education and advocacy. We are not a mental health service. 

If you or someone you know are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (U.S.): 800-273-8255. If you or someone you know are struggling, please visit the resources at the bottom of this section to find a mental health professional near you.

Please visit any of the following websites for further information on mental illness education.


For an overview on society anxiety and examples of how it may present with related resources, visit Child Mind below.


For an overview on causes, symptoms, treatment and more related articles visit Mayo Clinic.


For information on treatment and self-help for social anxiety visit Help Guide.