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WHAT IS SOCIAL ANXIETY DISORDER?
Social Anxiety Disorder (also known as Social Phobia) is the largest anxiety disorder and yet often the most misunderstood. Simply put, it is an irrational fear of being evaluated, judged, criticised, humiliated and being embarrassed in social situations. Although most sufferers recognise this fear as being irrational, the belief of acting and doing something that will cause people to look at them negatively is ever so persistent. Interaction with people can be very distressing and anxiety provoking to the point that situations that involve interacting with people is often avoided even if they are enjoyable things that a person wishes to do. Depending on how severe the social anxiety is, it can unfortunately cripple a person's life, where every day tasks that people without SAD often take for granted, like going to the shops, making telephone calls, meeting people, going to work, using public transport etc is extremely hard and trying.

[link] has some good examples of what it's like to suffer with social anxiety.

CHARACTERISTICS, SYMPTOMS
The areas and symptoms that SAD causes difficulties in include:
    * Participating in meetings, attending parties etc
    * Fear of the physical symptoms of anxiety being noticeable to others
    * Meeting people (often worse when it's a person of authority)
    * Being watched while doing something (this can include writing, eating and working)
    * Not being able to keep eye contact
    * Convinced that you'll say or do something embarrassing
    * Asking questions, answering questions. Just talking in general
    * Days or weeks of anxiety anticipating social situations
    * Making/answering phone calls

PHYSICAL SYMPTOMS
Physical symptoms can include:
    * Palpitations
    * Muscle tension and spasms
    * Sweating
    * Blushing
    * Upset stomach
    * Feeling dizzy or lightheaded
    * Nausea (sometimes leading to vomiting)
    * Diarrhea
    * Need to urinate often
    * Trouble talking (too quietly, tongue tied, stuttering)
    * Trembling
    * Confusion
    * Dry throat and mouth
    * Difficulty swallowing

THE STAMP & THE REASON
Looking around dA I noticed a few anxiety related stamps, but I couldn't find one based on social anxiety, so I thought I'd create one, for my own use and also for others that might want to use it. Quite a few people know that I'm a very private person and I don't really talk about what happens/has happened in my life. I wasn't going to submit this stamp (even though I wanted to create it and use it) for the simple fact that I would be revealing a big part of me to others that I try hard to hide whenever possible. Why? If you read what Social Anxiety Disorder is about, then you'll understand why I didn't want to show that part of me to others. Then I just thought to myself "Screw it, if people want to judge me on that alone then they're not worth knowing". It's also a good exercise for me because if I have it in my gallery, it's there for all to see which means no more hiding it from others (which may I add is hard work sometimes).

EXTRA READING

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Thanks to nyssi for the help with animation which I paid her back by doing some watermarks that she wanted :paranoid:
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Dissonant-Wasteland Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
I must thank you for making this stamp.

I was diagnosed with mild social anxiety disorder back in elementary school, and I have experienced some, if not all, of the symptoms you listed. Granted, it is not as bad as it was during school, but I still experience small attacks from time to time.

For those that have it, or other forms of anxiety, you are not alone. And it is perfectly OK to ask for help or advice. :)
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Monstermoosh Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for making this, I have social Anxiety really bad.
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OshellND Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you I was dignosed with social anxiety disorder in 5th grade going in to 10th
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Minty-Fishbowl Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015
Thank you for this stamp. I'm in my Senior year of high school and have been dealing with some heavy social anxiety. I've never had a girlfriend or SO - never even been on a date - and my number of close friends is so slim I could count them with half a hand. I've always been introverted, dedicating most of my freetime to singular hobbies like music and video games, but now that I'm about to go out on my own, I'm getting so worried and nervous about how my life is going to pan out if this keeps up. I feel like I fuck up whenever I get in a social situation (online and off), and I constantly feel worthless and inadequate because of it.

But I feel glad knowing that there are people who know what I'm feeling. It keeps me going more than anything. Every day, I'm finding more people and more resources that are there to help me and people just like me. It's like having a thousand pounds off my shoulders.

Please, for anyone else with SAD, don't give up. You were never alone, and it's never to late to improve. Go to forums for SA, read self-help books, exercise, anything that involves you bettering yourself for your own approval. Every step forward will feel the beginning of a new life.
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SatanCactus Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have it
It's horrible
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SilverWolfsRose Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Finally a stamp for this!!!!!!!!
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the-trash-guardian Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014
I suffer from SAD as well and I am so grateful to you for uploading this. Thank you. :)
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Firefly-Lanterns Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014
I have been diagnosed with this severely and severe depression :( Hoping I can beat it
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Doublebubble64 Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You can, never give up. :hug:
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Creepyschoolgirl Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I think I have it
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LizulArt Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014
I think I might have this...
My shyness and my fears are growing bigger over time. And I don't know how to ask for help... I never talked about this to anybody, even with my parents. I'm just 14, and school sometimes is like hell... I hate oral presentations and oral exams (the last one I had I failed because I got very nervous seeing all the people looking at me and I was very scared because I thought they were laughing at me... I started feeling dizzy, sweating and my voice trembled.)   
This isn't the first time I read about SAD. I realised I have a lot of the symptoms... But I don't Know how to tell this to someone... how to ask help...
I was going to explain more details but... even in internet I can't.
So please, can anyone help me? Can anyone tell me how I can ask help? How I get the courage to tell this to someone close to me?
Thank you : ) And sorry for my english.
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Eternities22 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've lost all self-confidence because of my SA. Tonight, I've had a nervous breakdown. I need serious help.
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Eternities22 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I got help, thankfully, but it's still early days
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SnowKittyLove Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank u for making this! <3 i have social anxiety and most people don't understand it or don't even know what it is :/ so thank u <3 ^-^
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DiaSam1 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013
I changed a lot when we moved to another place, I used to be alone at school and never participate in groups and "shy away" from everyone else. That behaviour started in 2009 and continued all the way to now. In middle school it was extreme, I'd take the worst grade over a presentation I usually had to make. I didn't even care about failing a grade because of a lousy 5 in the school report, as long as I didn't have to talk in front of the whole class. I even feared to eat in public and locked myself up in the washrooms during breaks, since everyone would usually give me weird looks for standing alone and I hated that. It was horrible.
Only around half a year ago we decided that I have to attend a psychologist and they diagnosed me with this. Everyone thinks I am shy, while I'm actually not, I swear. It's just that this disorder is unbelievably difficult to handle, and I hate it when someone tells me to "control" it or at least try to relax and actually manage to speak to someone, but they don't know how it is like. ):
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doggieoh Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist
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My exact feeling!! Though I was better back then in elementary and such, I am much worse now.
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RainbowArtist13 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Student General Artist
I have this... and it would go away when I'm in school...Squirtle Dizzy  It sucks.
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RoseyRivers Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Self-diagnosing... so much... OTL
just visit a doctor if you think you have this.
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CRAZY4LUV Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I had all this problem during middle school , it was horrible .. and very scary..
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XxLunaTheKittyxX Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think I might have this...

Thank you for making this stamp. :hug:
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KillScreen94 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
I have this. I think I am getting better at dealing with it, though. Thank you for making this stamp... :hug:
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Melopsittacus Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
erm... I probably have this.

nice stamp
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OceanSkyViolet Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm certainly sure I have this, never seen this before.. What I have trouble with right now is friendship and talking. What made it worst on me was bullying in my tween years(10-13), Also cyber-bullying I still have evidence stored in my email. well as I'm reading comments below I agree I had some of the symptoms I use to tremble(shake nervously) back then. I don't shake nor is scared but I lack having long conversation with anyone even here. I've been quite ever since then which sucks I don't have "real" friends... Almost everyone I made close friends moved :c
In school I'm completely quiet most people mistake it as shyness, well I'm not scared nor I feel anything.. I choose to not say nothing, some bully of mine thinks because I'm shy, I don't have the right to be cool or speak my mind whenever *I swear I'll slap her but I just can't :x
I would feel lonely if I wouldn't have a family but I sometimes feel like that. I don't think too deep about that or sad things Long story short. ;3; I'm more open I can greet people look at you in the eyes but I still lack what I said.
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IcedCat Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
I have this and i'm not enjoying it. :(
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valerijastar Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for making this.....
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UBOA-CHAN Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
apparently i've had this since i was little, according to my grandparents. i was officially dignosed with it a few months ago by a psychiatrist.

it fucking sucks monkey balls and is NOT a cool thing to have. :grump:
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AltoPhonse Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
I agree, it definitely is greatly misunderstood, well hidden and tricky thing to identify in some people. Thanks for uploading this stamp. :hug:
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Luxrayteen Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I haven't been diagnosed but I know I have this, so I know how hard it must have been for you to upload this and tell so much about yourself.
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Mc-Boogerballs Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
i have social anxiety. it's fucking terrible.
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AlexisTheGreat23 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I have to be physically speaking for a problem if writing it I am fine unless I am sending a letter
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AlexisTheGreat23 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah i hate it I cant even say a simple hello to someone working at a wal-mart or whatever unless i am with someone i know... i sound shy on the phone and i just want to stop talking...so basically the only way for me to talk to someone in rl is to be around them for a while til i feel comfortable talking to them... the thing is I had no trouble talking to my very first friend so I guess It was developed later on in life... can that happen? and the sad for me is I never went to prom... not once
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Thevakien Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Student General Artist
Yes, you've described the characteristics of it perfectly... I have all those characteristic symptoms, yes. All developed from troubled childhood.

I don't even want to have an eye contact with people who I don't know. It's just I get embarrassed and then nervous and just don't want to face them.
I can't make a phone call due to I have phone phobia and if I make a phone call, it would be am embarrassing moment as I would get so nervous and don't know what to say to that stranger(s).... and I would probably annoy that person. >8(...It sucks.

I am on a counseling to help going through this anxiety. Not so easy...It takes time! :iconsadspartaplz:
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CreeppingDeath Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Yep, i'm having this since my school years. And like Ask--Ukraine i hate making phone calls, talking to someone or asking something. Lots of time it's frightening simply to leave my room when we're having guests or when there's just someone else at home. I even tend to hide or run away when i see a neighbor or even a family member passing by. Public speaking is also disturbing - my whole body's trembling, i statter and sometimes have a high blood pressure

And yes, i'm friendless too
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Ask--Ukraine Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
I think I may have this. My mother would at times ask me to make phone calls, for example ordering pizza, or taking to my bank to find out the balance on my card, and I would get nervous. I hate making phone calls with a passion. Public speaking in front of strangers is one of my biggest fears. I'm the type of person who cares about what people think of me. I stutter a lot. It's really embarrassing. And eye contact terrifies me.
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Lex11g Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you Q____Q
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Kanoro-Studio Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
sigh i haz this and its been getting really bad lately T.T
why wont my teacher stop throwing me into groups of people i hate it :(
i just found out i had this around the middle of this year where i was at a party with a person that i hardly knew. i really didnt want to go i was so scared :( and just a few minutes i had my first anxiety attack. i did not like it i cried so much T.T
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Sonakshiwolf14 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Student Digital Artist
my BFF has social snxiety disorder, it took me two years for her to trust me and open up. i am now her only best friend <3
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SunshineLove13 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I have this. I had an anxiety attack at school while I was trying to give a report in front of my science class. Everyone was looking at me like I was a freak. Totally not fun :P
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Katie-Venerelli Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I suffer from this, thanks for posting it. Awareness.
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funlakota Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
Thank you for posting this. :hug: I also suffer from social anxiety disorder ever since I was like 8 years old. I still remember my mom getting 'critical' of me whenever I couldn't talk to people. She blamed me and pretty much said I needed to try harder. I understood what she was trying to do-- trying to tell me to get to handle this problem and take control of it instead of it controlling me-- and I agreed with her. But I had a very hard time doing what she suggested. I just couldn't handle it because of what I now understand were symptoms of the disorder. That made me feel bad about myself.

I started to improve in 5th grade. Finally having good friends helped a lot to get me out of my shell and lessen my anxiety around everyone else. I guess my parents also FINALLY listened to my teachers about there being something wrong with me because they started me on Paxil towards the end of 5th grade... which is approved to treat kids with social anxiety disorder. I didn't like taking it though. They lied to me about what it was and why I had to take it. And they ignored that I was getting better before I was even put on it. :roll: Sixth grade was one of my favourite years in school... because I wasn't really bothered by it as much anymore. Sure there were still times when I had some trouble, but for the first time it WAS more shyness on my part than incapacitating fear.

By 7th grade the social anxiety was back with a vengeance... in part due to me developing depression. I lacked self-confidence and self-esteem in myself due to the depression. I hated being the centre of attention when everyone's focus was on me. It was like I was being judged, like everyone was waiting for me to screw up... which seemed like I always did. Which I thought meant that people didn't like me. I didn't think I even had the right to talk to others, and the few times I tried... well I just couldn't do it right. That made me feel even worse about myself. Basically the two fed off each other.

The good thing about them feeding off each other is that the social anxiety went into remission when the depression did. :) After like a year of psychotherapy and several years on either Paxil or Prozac, I didn't have trouble with them anymore. Yay for remissions!! :D I no longer minded having to talk to others (sometimes I even enjoyed it because, you know, I always longed to be part of the group) and made jokes about the whole thing, which helped lessen the anxiety.

I relapsed with depression about 2 or 3 years, so the social anxiety is pretty bad again. :( I avoid social settings again. I can't think of anything to say. I get dizzy and sick to my stomach with dread from it. I know people find me incredibly boring... because of how I just can't think of anything to say.


The funny thing is that I don't have problems at all with 'talking' to people online, as you can tell. ;) I guess it's because the internet is anonymous and I can post messages at my own pace instead of immediately. (Chat rooms are hard on me though.) Also don't have to worry about other people looking at me-- that seemed to trigger the anxiety just as much as anything else.



Sorry for going on about my struggles with it like that. ^^; I know everyone with it has similar stories about how much it of a burden it is/was though. I'm glad that more people on now recognizing it is a disorder/mental illness rather than just shyness; that way kids can be treated for it as soon as possible by things that do NOT make them feel worse about themselves. No more guilt trips, I hope. We do that enough on our own. ^^;


Thanks again for making this stamp. I hope you are recovering from your social anxiety. ^^
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Shasmy Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
This is me~ :'(
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xFeatheredFury Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm a little like that... though I don't show physical symptons....
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ComplexMagic Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Student General Artist
i think i have just diagnosed my problems 0_0
i may have that
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For confident people, who are used to interact with others, life is easier.Thats it.The way you are used to since childhood is deciding.
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AwkwardLoser Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Student General Artist
.......has 4 symptoms.

AMFG :icongwahplz:
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Owlflight29 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
at school i seem to become completely quiet and shy but at home i become jumpy and happier. D: For some reason i just can't stop. . . . .
I MUST TRY! I Must... try?
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ManboobLover69 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thank you :iconcryforeverplz: that's all I have to say...
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