Put simply, Social Anxiety is dreading social situations. You’d rather find yourself under the bed covers, or with animals, than in the presence of people (especially people you don’t know). From my own personal experience, Social Anxiety prevents you from being yourself in front of others. It makes you afraid to speak up, lest you say the wrong thing, or even worse, say something stupid. It prevents you from enjoying social interactions because you constantly feel like you’re being judged or criticized, whether for how you look, what you say, or how you act. Then there are of course the physical symptoms of sweating, racing heartbeat, and stuttering. The silver lining? These are all symptoms you can break free of.