Social anxiety produces physical, psychological, emotional, and behavioral symptoms. For those with normal social anxiety disorder, all their symptoms reinforce their inability to socialize and communicate.

People with high-functioning social anxiety do experience the same physical and psychological/emotional symptoms as other social anxiety sufferers, but usually at reduced levels of intensity. 

And they exhibit far fewer behavioral symptoms, which is the primary reason their social anxiety carries the label high-functioning. You can even talk to the psychiatrist to know about the symptoms and the best social anxiety cure.

The physical symptoms of social anxiety include:

  • Blushing

  • Sweating

  • Rapid heartbeat

  • Lightheadedness, dizziness

  • Stomach cramps or nausea

  • Difficulty breathing

  • Trembling

  • Dry mouth

  • Difficulty thinking of the right words when speaking

People with high-functioning social anxiety are familiar with each of these symptoms, although they don’t manifest as frequently or as strongly as they do in people with more serious social phobia. Nevertheless, such symptoms can be exhausting and unpleasant, and high-functioning social anxiety sufferers don’t look forward to social encounters that are likely to provoke such reactions.

Meanwhile, the psychological and emotional symptoms of social anxiety can be experienced before, during, and after social encounters. They include:

  • Intense fear of rejection

  • The constant fear of saying or doing something embarrassing

  • Extreme discomfort around authority figures

  • Reluctance to express viewpoints openly and honestly

  • Obsession over worst-case scenarios and negative outcomes

  • Defensiveness and paranoia when asked questions

  • Fear that anxiety reactions are visible and will be noticed by others

  • Assuming that others are hostile and quick to judge

  • Shame over the social anxiety, or about being “different”

  • Intense self-criticism and second-guessing after social encounters have ended