Social Anxiety Disorder

Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) is characterized by significant fear or anxiety in social situations where the individual may be scrutinized by others. Typical examples include social interactions (e.g., being at a party, going on a job interview, going on a date) and performing in front of others (e.g., giving a speech). In these situations, the person fears acting in a way that will lead to humiliation or rejection. The person usually avoids feared social interactions or endures them with much anxiety. Like other Anxiety Disorders, these problems cause significant distress or impairment in major areas of life, like work, school, or relationships.