Anxiety is common. It is one of the most common mental disorders, affecting approximately one in four Australians at some stage of their life.
According to Beyond Blue, anxiety is the most common mental health condition in Australia. On average, one in four people will experience anxiety at some stage in their life, with women more likely than men to develop anxiety.
If that’s not jarring enough, it’s still a highly under-recognised condition – although so many suffer, most people suffer in silence. Social phobias, also known as social anxiety disorder (SAD), is one common type of anxiety disorder that involves a significant amount of fear in one or more social situations. “These fears can be triggered by real or perceived criticism by others and can impact a person at school, work, a social gathering, crowded place like restaurants, bars or sporting events, and even places like doctor’s offices or shops,” explains psychologist Dr Jesse Matthews.