Do you become extremely anxious when talking in front of a group or during public speaking? Do you struggle with initiating or maintaining conversations? Is it difficult for you to eat around others at restaurants or perform in front of others? Is it difficult for you to interact with new people? Are there situations that you avoid completely or can only do with a companion (e.g., going shopping, attending parties)? Do you escape situations that involve others so that you won’t experience anxiety out of fear of shame or embarrassment? If so, you may experience symptoms consistent with social anxiety. Social anxiety is an experience we all have in situations where we might be negatively evaluated by others. However, many people suffer from social anxiety so much that it makes work, school, and social relationships difficult. When social anxiety becomes so intense that it messes things up in our lives, it may become what is known as social anxiety disorder.