Social anxiety

A to Z Challenge: H is for HIDDEN

An SAer is someone who has social anxiety.

Social anxiety could be called the hidden disorder for several reasons:

  • It’s not usually something you see immediately. Some SAers are good at hiding it. You could mistake it for aloofness, stupidity or something else.
  • SAers aren’t good at talking, and it’s especially hard to describe SA to someone who hasn’t experienced it.
  • SAers are afraid to talk about SA. There is a stigma involved in mentioning it.
  • TV and radio programmes about mental health tend to focus on depression and schizophrenia. This is understandable. It’s harder to interview SAers. They’re generally not good at explaining – especially in a broadcast interview.

SA must be brought out of hiding. I’m absolutely certain of that.

By Miriam Drori

Author, editor, attempter of this thing called life.

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