There’s a good chance that we’ve all experienced feelings of nervousness and anxiety in response to real or perceived threats at one time or another. For most people, these feelings are absolutely normal as the brain is hard-wired to caution you at times of danger. However, for those of us with social anxiety, these feelings can be all-consuming, impairing our ability to enjoy life as we’d otherwise like to.

One of the most detrimental effects of social anxiety is its ability to isolate you; triggering feelings that make you feel fearful and unworthy of company. People with social anxiety might notice their anxiety increase during social interactions, even during times that are enjoyable and positive. Worse still, feeling immobilized and powerless against their feelings, they suffer...

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