Social Anxiety is fairly common in the lives of many people. There are, however, varying degrees of it. It is not unusual for people to get nervous when they are in a situation where they feel they are “on display”.
Social anxiety disorder, or social phobia, is different because of the degree of discomfort a person feels in those situations. Someone with social anxiety disorder will go to great lengths to avoid situations that make them feel that discomfort. They may dread a situation for great lengths of time before the event, and feel physical symptoms from it.