Social Anxiety Disorder can develop during adolescence, and if not treated the condition can last long term. Individuals who have been diagnosed with Social Anxiety Disorder will often experience feelings of nervousness and dread surrounding social situations, which often stems from shyness and a lack of confidence.
This condition can be very debilitating for the sufferer, who can experience enduring insecurity around relationships with family, friends and others; they can be extremely sensitive to criticism, and often fear they will be rejected. The sufferer will develop irrational thought patterns, worrying constantly how people may perceive them, often internalising views of others to be true about themselves.
These thoughts can then magnify and become distorted. The sufferer may start to avoid these fearful situations due to the physical symptoms such as fast heart rate, shaking, sweating, and often blushing, which then makes the individual feel even more panicky that people will only look at them.