17 years old Suresh (not real name) had once fallen down in front of the entire class in a very embarrassing way due to water on the floor. The water made his clothes see through and he was humiliated, especially in front of the girls.
Another time, during a sports event, he fell down while running and it tore his pants. Yet, another time in some dance competition, he forgot his dance steps and stood blank on stage. Suresh always feels that he is being watched and judged even if no one is around. He gets anxious and shy and doesn’t know how to face people. Social gatherings especially make him very uncomfortable and throws him off the edge.
Soon after during one of the school psychologist counselling sessions, he got diagnosed with Social Anxiety Disorder.
Social Anxiety Disorder is a fairly common psychological disorder that involves an irrational fear of being watched, judged, humiliated, and/or embarrassed. The anxiety caused by this disorder can have a major impact on an individual's life and make it difficult to function at school, work, and other social settings.