Disclaimer: I am not a licensed mental health professional. This is based on research I have done about the topic at hand. If you feel like you need to talk to a mental health professional please do so to get a true diagnosis.
So lately a lot of people have been claiming to have anxiety and don’t necessarily know what real anxiety is. Anxiety is your body’s natural reaction to stress. A feeling of fear for what may happen next. Extreme cases of anxiety can be classified as an anxiety disorder, which means it must be interfering with how a person functions on a day to day basis.
So when someone says they have social anxiety, it means they are afraid of what could happen in a social setting, fear of being judged negatively, or just simply being evaluated by people.
When a person claims to have social anxiety, they will not appear to have it when they are around friends or family, people they know and trust. The anxiety is defined by strangers. Being judged and evaluated is nerve wracking because it creates a sense of vulnerability.
I myself used to struggle with this because of my insecurities. I am naturally a petite woman and that gives me anxiety when I go to events where there will be a lot of people around that could potentially judge my body. When there is a lot of people and personalities, you never know what people are saying about you, and that’s all you constantly think about.
Social anxiety is not something that just goes away. It’s unfortunate that people would try to discredit someone’s social anxiety just because they don’t lock themselves up in their homes. They may leave their homes but these feelings are constant.