Get up early after a poor night’s sleep. Fight traffic during a 45-minute commute to work. Log on to find an overflowing inbox and a full calendar of meetings and deadlines. Skip lunch to make a dent in the paperwork. The supervisor announces that due to cutbacks the office is going to have to do more with less. Stay late to make sure it all gets done. Realize that it’s Monday, and there’s four more days of this routine. Sound familiar? This is work stress.
“Shyness is nice, and shyness can stop you / from doing all the things in life that you’d like to,” sang The Smiths. Most people have experienced situations in their life that were awkward and uncomfortable. But there’s a difference between that momentary social discomfort before giving a big presentation or going on a date, and the mental and physical symptoms of social anxiety disorder.
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