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Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) Versus Shyness

By: Krista Cooley

Krista Cooley

on 4 March 2013

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Transcript of Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) Versus Shyness

Is Shyness the same as Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD)? Similarities Continued Conclusion _ SAD and shyness have similar behavioral symptoms
> have difficulty speaking
> speak quietly or softly when they are talking to someone
> typically use very little body movements SAD and Shyness in Children and Adolescents Evidently, although shyness and social anxiety possess some similarities, shyness is not the same as social anxiety disorder. - Both possess similar physical symptoms
> tend to blush
> experience an increase in heart rate
> sweat exceedingly
> feelings of nausea
> start to shake or tremble
> sensation of dry mouth Similarities Between SAD and Shyness _ SAD and shyness also have similar emotional and mental symptoms
> feelings of low self-esteem and low confidence
> feelings of shamefulness and embarrassment
> pessimistic thoughts
* such as one may be inflicted with negative thoughts about him or herself - Symptoms of SAD usually are revealed following the first few stages of puberty and reaches the peak in a person's late teenage or early adult years

- People typically mistake SAD for shyness in young children
> the disorder technically does not reveal symptoms in young children
> people believe that adolescents who have social anxiety are shy as the symptoms appear later in a person's life Differences between SAD and Shyness - Most people who have SAD have a fear of rejection
> fear they will be disapproved of socially
> this may cause people to attempt to avoid social situations
* they try to avoid meeting new people
* they try to avoid large social gatherings
* they even try to avoid using elevators or taking the expressway while driving Differences Continued 1 - Most people who have SAD usually only will partake in activities when other individuals cannot see them
> for example people who have SAD may prefer to swim or go for a walk at night when other people cannot see them as well
> people who are shy typically participate in activities in the daytime, but tend to disregard or ignore the people around them Differences Continued 3 - Shy people typically posses traits that make them seem pleasant and friendly
> they can appear to be intellectual or clever
> they are also considered compassionate, reliable, and honorable
> they typically try not to behave in ways that could be detrimental to other individuals
* they try to be aware of how they act towards others
> they usually have the ability to think and act carefully when they are faced with a difficult choice Differences Continued 5 - Social Anxiety is considered to be more intense than shyness
> some people categorize shyness as being a symptom of social anxiety

_ For example, when a person with SAD enters a room packed with people, he or she tends to become very nervous and he or she will feel as though everyone in the room is watching him or her
> a shy person will probably just feel a bit nervous or anxious Differences Continued 2 - Most people who have social anxiety also may have a fear of eating out in public
> they do not particularly enjoy being surrounded by the various people that are in restaurants
* they fear that people will watch them while they eat > they also may fear that their food will be contaminated by the people who cook and prepare it - Conversely, shy people usually still enjoy dining out, but they may feel nervous when they are ordering their food Differences Continued 4 - Although people with SAD and shy people both tend to be self-conscious, self-conscious shy people are separated into two categories:
> Public self-consciousness
* are particularly attentive to the impression of themselves that they provide for other individuals
* are concerned about how they appear > Private self-consciousness
* are more concerned about defending and caring for how they feel, rather than how other people view them > People with SAD tend to have either both forms of self-consciousness or neither form Differences Continued 6 - Another example for why SAD is considered to be more intense than shyness is because when person with the disorder is writing or speaking with other people watching, he or she may being to shake tremendously
> a shy person only may begin to shake slightly - In addition, everyone experiences shyness at least once in his or her life
> not everyone develops social anxiety from that shyness Works Cited Burstein, Mary, Leila Ameli-Grillon, and Kathleen R. Merikangas. "Shyness versus Social Phobia in US Youths.” American Academy of Pediatrics 128.5 (2011): n. pag. Print.

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