Well… yes and no. Talking in front of an audience is a social activity, and a fear of it could be called social anxiety.
BUT… that’s not what this blog is about. Most people are a little afraid of talking to a large audience. What this blog is about is very common, but not quite that common.
This blog is about a fear of all or many social situations. It’s about a fear that causes you to retreat from society. It’s about something that takes over your life and prevents you from living it to the full, or even with any degree of satisfaction.
What this blog is about should really be called Social Anxiety Disorder. But that’s a bit of a mouthful and a constant reminder of the dreaded and stigmatised Mental Health Problems. Or Social Phobia. But that’s a former name that rather belittles this thing.
What’s this Obsession with a Name?
Names are important – for online searches, for instance.
This name brings sufferers in contact with others who feel or have felt as they do, and that tells them they’re not as weird and alone as they thought. The name also leads to treatments and ways to overcome the fears.
That’s how long it took from the time SA left its seed in me until I discovered the name. I don’t want it to take that long for anyone else. That’s why I’m shouting about it.
Many years ago, there was a TV advert, in which a girl couldn’t understand why boys avoided her until another girl whispered to her, “B.O.”
If you know someone who might have SA, tell them about it, in private. It could help them a lot.