Many people with social anxiety are functioning (go to school or to work) and are able to hide some of their feelings. Meantime, the person experiences enormous stress trying to manage these feelings throughout the day.
Sometimes people with social anxiety are not aware of the problem. They just know they feel stressed a lot and don’t enjoy being around others very much. They often blame others for problems in the relationship. Meantime, other people may think they are not friendly, aloof, or difficult. Such confusion also happens with other types of social problems, so an accurate diagnosis from a mental health professional is important.
Each individual with Social Anxiety has a unique pattern of situations that are difficult. The triggers vary from one person to another, but usually involve avoidance of situations and/or difficulty performing.
Is it Asperger's or Anxiety? Dr. Tony Attwood is a well-respected psychologist who studies and treats individuals with Asperger's Syndrome. In his 2006 book, he states "Social phobia, or social anxiety disorder, would be expected to be relatively common for those with Asperger Syndrom, especially in the teenage and adult years when they are more acutely aware of their confusion in social situations, or making social mistakes, and possible suffering ridicule."
Maybe I'm just an introvert... - more information coming soon.