Author: Browin Bandelow , Dan.j stein
A core feature of SAD is excessive fear of social or performance situations involving unfamiliar people or scrutiny. The individual fears embarrassment and negative evaluation. Beyond this central fear of embarrassment, however, is a diversity of presenting complaints and associated symptoms. The symptoms, in turn, may relate to a variety of social or performance situations. Public speaking is one of the most common anxiety-provoking situations for people in general, and it is the single situation most commonly feared by SAD patients as well.