A woman's tweet perfectly capturing what social anxiety is really like has gone viral.

In just under 250 characters, Jessie Paege’s tweet on social anxiety dispelled a very common and damaging mental health stigma.

The New Jersey native and YouTuber’s message clearly resonated with the Internet and served as a reminder to not generalise shyness, introversion or occasional social awkwardness with actual social anxiety, which is its own mental health disorder.

Her message read:

According to Beyond Blue, a social anxiety disorder, or social phobia is when “performing in front of others and social situations can lead to intense anxiety.”

While this can affect those suffering from the disorder during everyday, ordinary situations, it can also only relate to specific situations, or situations that exacerbate the person’s specific fear. For example embarrassing yourself in front of your work colleagues or doing something that might result in you being laughed at by your friends.

Jessie’s tweet has since garnered more than 1200 comments, 73,000 retweets and 243,000 likes, with thousands of sufferers sharing their experiences of the illness as well.

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These were some of the best responses:





If you think you may be experiencing depression or another mental health problem, please contact your general practitioner or in Australia, contact Lifeline 13 11 14 for support or beyondblue 1300 22 4636.