Dr. Forshee, Psy.D, LCSW talks to elite daily about why no one should go through social anxiety alone
According to the Social Anxiety Institute, social anxiety disorder is the third largest psychological problem in the United States — yikes. Danielle Forshee, Psy.D, LCSW, LLC, a doctor of psychology and licensed clinical social worker, tells Elite Daily that someone struggling with this type of anxiety typically has “a very intense fear and anxiety about being in social situations,” which can include having a conversation with someone, meeting new people, performing in front of others, or even being observed while doing something, like eating, drinking, or giving a speech.
Your best friend could have social anxiety, and you might not even know it. It’s not that socially anxious people don’t enjoy being social — they can have extroverted, as well as introverted personalities — they’re just simply hyper-aware, and often very fearful of, what others think of them. It’s not an easy thing to deal with, but it’s even worse to muddle through alone. If a friend or loved one confides in you about their social anxiety, here are some ways to help them through it.
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