Left untreated, social anxiety disorder can be debilitating. Your anxieties may run your life. They can interfere with work, school, relationships or enjoyment of life. You may be considered an "underachiever," when in reality it's your fears holding you back, not your ability or motivation. In severe cases, you may drop out of school, quit work or lose friendships. Social anxiety disorder can cause:

  • Low self-esteem
  • Trouble being assertive
  • Negative self-talk
  • Hypersensitivity to criticism
  • Poor social skills

Social anxiety disorder can also result in:

  • A poor work record
  • Low academic achievement
  • Isolation and difficult social relationships
  • Substance abuse
  • Excessive drinking, particularly in men
  • Suicide
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