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Just as a therapist, there are warning signs to indicate someone dealing with anxiety

Kati Morton explains if shyness and nerves could be caused by something more. Kati provides an outline on how to tell if there is a bigger problem.

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Those who suffer from social anxiety avoid or drastically reduce their participation in social situations because they are afraid of being judged negatively by others or of making a fool of themselves in front of others. Whether you’re about to give a public speech or just start a new friendship, this advice is applicable.

Licensed family therapist Kati Morton discusses five signs that you may be dealing with social anxiety in a recent video on her YouTube channel.

You worry about your appearance constantly.

Morton explains that “since a lot of social anxiety stems from our fear that we will do something embarrassing or someone won’t like us, we can become acutely aware of everything we do and say, not to mention how we look.” As a result, people frequently try to anticipate potential problems, rehearse conversations, or adopt the habits of those around them in order to blend in. Morton warns that this can have negative effects on our work and relationships because we become less present in our social interactions.

You’ve learned to avoid any and all social situations out of fear.

It’s normal to feel apprehensive when interacting with strangers or delivering a public speech for the first time. Meeting a friend for coffee or asking a coworker for a favor can be simple tasks, but for someone with social anxiety, they can feel like mountainous tasks.

You keep reliving the same interactions.

Morton cites difficulty sleeping as a symptom of social anxiety, and she has seen clients for whom the need to replay interactions in their heads was a major source of stress.

Occasionally, you experience stomach pain.

Anxiety may be to blame after all other medical explanations have been eliminated. “When we’re stressed, our body releases hormones and neurotransmitters that can negatively affect the balance of bacteria in our gut and the way our intestines move waste through the digestive tract,” says Morton. Various gastrointestinal problems may result from this.

There’s a lot of sweat on your brow.

Humans sweat as a natural defense mechanism against overheating, particularly during strenuous physical activity or exposure to the sun. Stress sweat, on the other hand, is produced by the apocrine glands and consists of fatty acids and proteins in response to the increased body temperature that occurs in states of anxiety, embarrassment, and shame.

Morton says, “If we are chronically anxious or overwhelmed, we may find ourselves sweating constantly and find it difficult to get it to stop.”

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