Anxiety that occurs in the context of social situations is consistent with a diagnosis of social anxiety. This is an anxiety that stems from fears of judgement and negative evaluation and/or fears of saying or doing something that could cause embarrassment or humiliation. Typically the anxiety is controlled through avoidance of social situations, or at the very least withdrawing, being quiet, not making eye contact, or engaging in unassertive or passive behaviour. Alcohol and/or illicit drugs are sometimes used to “self-medicate” in order to feel calmer in social situations. This can sometimes lead to additional mental health problems, such as addiction or dependence.
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