It's not the same as being shy, introverted, or asocial.
Social anxiety affects approximately 15 million adults in America, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. But despite how common the disorder is, there are still many misconceptions about it, like the belief that social anxiety is the same as being shy.
Recently, YouTube star Jessie Paege took to Twitter to explain the difficulties of living with social anxiety, inspiring many others to chime in with their own experiences.
social anxiety in media: "I'm just so painfully shy, it's adorable"— Catie Hennessey (@catiemolly) April 10, 2018
actual people with social anxiety: "I can't really enjoy myself in this social situation because I am literally terrified of monopolizing the conversation or saying the wrong thing" https://t.co/wzjc5LA8yi
Jessie followed up her tweet by encouraging others to recognize the importance of mental health treatment. “Your brain can also need healing,” she said. “Mental health treatment is important.”
just like— Jessie Paege™️ (@jessiepaege) April 10, 2018
– your leg can break
– you can catch a cold
– you can get the flu
your brain can need also need healing. Mental health treatment is important.