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What are the symptoms of social phobia in veterans?

The symptoms of social anxiety disorder (SAD) -- also known as social phobia -- in veterans, as well as the general public, are all triggered by a persistent, intense fear of being watched and judged by other people in social situations:
  • Extreme self-consciousness
  • Fear of embarrassment or humiliation
  • Fear of speaking in public (formally or casually)
  • Fear of eating or drinking in front of others
  • Fear of being watched
  • Fear of using public restrooms
  • Blushing when talking or making eye contact
  • Excessive sweating
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Trembling
  • Difficulty talking
  • Nausea
  • Fear of embarrassment or humiliation
  • Sense of detachment
  • Feeling of loss of self-control
Not all veterans with SAD will have anxiety in every situation involving other people. Some will only have this reaction only in very specific situations.

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