Social anxiety is characterized by a fear of critical attitude from other people, leading to the avoidance of social contacts. They are often accompanied by low self-esteem and have bodily (somatic) signs such as:

  • flushing
  • shaking hands
  • nausea
  • urges to urinate


The reason for these symptoms is the release of adrenaline and the atavistic preparation of the body to escape from the threatening situation. Social anxiety is part of the group of phobic disorders, although it is not situationally or objectively limited. The limitations that a person suffers when suffering from social anxiety can hamper intimate relationships, public appearances and the profession.

Therapy involves a series of behavioral experiments designed to test reality and to make it more objective, which in turn leads to normalization.