Hi, I’m Dan.
How did I get here?
Well, I've always been shy around other people. My parents tell me I was the quiet kid and I liked to be by myself. In my teens, I started to feel…uneasy around people I didn’t know very well. I was sure they would notice me… and judge me.
Now I'm in Grade 12, and I hardly join in class discussions and I hate having to do class presentations. I try to avoid anything that could potentially draw attention to me. I even eat my lunch alone.
I don't know, I feel uncomfortable in social situations and I'm always worried I’ll say something stupid. When I do talk to others, I feel, like, shaky and nauseous even though I know there’s no reason to be nervous.
I just, I wish I could be more outgoing and not worry so much about what people think of me.
When worries about what others think of us become so intense that we dread being in certain social situations, it’s time to learn how to manage these feelings.
Most of us have experienced times when we felt nervous in a social situation. Social anxiety arises in these situations, because we fear others will judge us in a negative way. If you have ongoing worries about saying or doing something that will be judged badly by other people, take a few minutes to check out if there is a need for concern.
check your social anxietySocial anxiety is a collection of thoughts, feelings, behaviours and physical symptoms that persist and can increase in severity. Learn about the early signs of social anxiety.
Social anxiety is becoming a problem when it affects your relationships with other people, hinders your work or school performance, or prevents you from doing the things you want to do. Check out some resources that help overcome fears and worries being judged negatively so you can enjoy being with other people.