What is social anxiety?

Social anxiety is one of the most common disorders in our country - at some point in their lives, 13 out of 100 people will meet the criteria for social anxiety disorder. But what is it? 

While most of us get a bit anxious walking in to a full room, social anxiety becomes problematic when our normal need to be accepted goes a bit haywire and our fear of rejection takes over, causing panic and reclusion. 

Here is a link to an interview with Stefan G. Hofmann, the director of the Social Anxiety Program at Boston University, in which Hofmann describes more about the disorder and how to treat it: