- Lindsay P. South
4 books to help you conquer your social anxiety, recommended by therapists
If you suffer from social anxiety, you know how it feels at the exact moment the anxious thoughts start to creep in: You’re out with friends or co-workers and your heart starts racing. Suddenly you’re too overwhelmed to contribute, even a little, to the conversation.
And it’s not only in group settings that social anxiety can appear, says Pamela Larkin, a therapist who specializes in anxiety and relationships at Optimum Joy. It can be during one-on-one interactions too.
“It really does impact all spheres of someone’s life,” she says “Dating, work life, family life, and even friendships.”
Being nervous for a date or a large party, while normal, is not the same as experiencing social anxiety.