Question: How do I help my girlfriend with social anxiety?

Is shyness a mental disorder?

Many suffer from more than just shyness, experts say. They have a condition called social anxiety disorder, also known as social phobia. The condition has been officially recognized as a psychiatric disorder since 1980.

Does shyness go away?

But heres the good news: Shyness can be overcome. With time and effort and a desire to change, its possible to break through. If your shyness is severe, you may need help from a therapist or counselor, but most people can overcome it on their own.

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