Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) is a longstanding and excessive fear of social situations.
How we feel, think, and behave in social situations varies from person to person depending on our personality traits, upbringing, and life experiences. Some people are naturally reserved and shy whereas others might be more outgoing and extrovert, but anyone can have a SAD.
The average age of onset of SAD is between 10 to 13 years, and SAD is rarely diagnosed after the age of 25. SAD affects men and women equally at a male to female ratio of approximately 1:1.