Why Do Some People Experience Social Anxiety?
Social anxiety is the fear of social situations that involve interactions with other people. For some, their anxiety can be so great that they struggle to speak with others and make friendships. The feelings that accompany social anxiety include anxiety, high levels of fear, nervousness, emotional instability, racing heart, blushing, excessive sweating, dry throat and mouth, vomiting, trembling, and muscle twitches.
Selective Mutism is a more extreme version of Social Anxiety Disorder. It is a complex childhood anxiety disorder characterized by a child’s inability to speak and communicate effectively in select social settings, such as school or out in public. These children are able to speak and communicate in settings where they are comfortable, secure, and relaxed (such as at home).