Social anxiety disorder and dating
Those who suffer from social anxiety disorder fear being judged by others in society.
In particular, individuals with social anxiety are nervous in the presence of people with authority and feel uncomfortable during physical examinations.
In cognitive models of social anxiety disorder, those with social phobias experience dread over how they will be presented to others.
They may feel overly self-conscious, pay high self-attention after the activity, or have high performance standards for themselves.
After the event, they may have the perception that they performed unsatisfactorily.
Consequently, they will perceive anything that may have possibly been abnormal as embarrassing. Cognitive distortions are a hallmark, and are learned about in CBT (cognitive-behavioral therapy). Those with social phobia tend to interpret neutral or ambiguous conversations with a negative outlook, and many studies suggest that socially anxious individuals remember more negative memories than those less distressed.
Standardized rating scales can be used to screen for social anxiety disorder and measure the severity of anxiety.
It is common for sufferers of social phobia to self-medicate in this fashion, especially if they are undiagnosed, untreated, or both; this can lead to alcoholism, eating disorders or other kinds of substance abuse.