Many people can go through this kind of experience during adolescence, but for SA'ers the problems can persist well beyond those years.
If you have experienced or do experience feelings such as these, you could well have Social Anxiety or the more severe form - Social Anxiety Disorder.
Experiencing these kinds of feelings and thoughts can be very isolating, you can feel like the only person in the world with these kinds of problems, but one of the most reassuring things that many people gain from joining the SAUK community is that they are not alone, that others have experienced and continue to experience the same thoughts and feelings.
Millions of people around the world suffer from Social Anxiety Disorder (also known as Social Phobia) and related conditions.
Despite being the most common type of anxiety disorder and the cause of much impairment and suffering, it is under-recognised and under-treated.
Sufferers typically experience excessive feelings of nervousness or dread in relation to feared social situations.
They may experience specific physical symptoms such as trembling, rapid breathing, sweating or blushing. Sufferers tend to be very self-conscious and worried about whether others might be evaluating them negatively.The chatroom operators (ops) are fellow sufferers of social anxiety and regular users of the chatrooms, who help to maintain the chatting environment according to the above principles.They can be approached by anyone who is concerned about any aspect of chat or a particular situation, and they will do their best to help resolve any problems.As well as social anxiety, all users all have one thing in common: we were all new to the chatrooms once.Please try to remember this, and help to make newbies feel welcome and at home, so that they can also begin to enjoy the benefits of feeling that they are part of the chatroom community.Whoever you talk to now, you should also visit your GP.