Social anxiety disorder is a common anxiety disorder that affects an estimated 7.3% of the U.S. population, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
It affects those who are at risk of social isolation, such as those who live with chronic or debilitating mental illness.
It can be caused by:Social isolationA lack of friends or other social supportA sense of being alone or alone-focused or isolated in a way that causes anxiety and stressA person’s own feelings of inadequacyA lack or fear of speaking upA lack in confidence or self-confidenceSocial isolation can occur when a person feels like there are no friends, and that they have no one to turn to.
It’s also known as social isolation syndrome.
According to the CDC, people with social anxiety have difficulty communicating, connecting with others and interacting with their family and peers.