When I was a kid, I was extremely shy. I wasn’t showing anxiety symptoms yet. I was just shy. So it really drives me crazy when people group being shy and having anxiety into one group.
Wake up call!!
Having anxiety is not the same as being shy.
You see there was the kid who’s face would turn red when they were called on. They’re the kids who whisper the answers instead of using a normal voice. Yes, I know shyness can mean feeling uncomfortable or insecure but its not anxiety.
You see a kid with anxiety is shrinking further into their chairs in hopes of not getting called on. They can’t breath, their hearts are racing. Me personally, I have played hooky from school to avoid speaking in front of class. I would sit in the corner, hidden. Thinking about speaking in front of any group of people would send me into a panic attack.
They say biting your nails or the area of skin around your nails is a sign of developing anxiety. I never bit my nails. Instead, I would let them grow just a bit and then I would use my other nails to break them down. Like how you clip with nail clippers.. I would do that with my fingers whenever I would get anxious. I have looked like I lost in a fight a lot because of my non stop habit of biting my lip. I never stay still. Standing still makes me feel even more anxious. I feel like I have to be moving. You know things in motion stay in motion or however that science thing goes. Therefore, if I am already moving then I would be able to run if need be that much faster. Crazy logic. I know. But being in front of anyone make my anxiety go that wacky.
So, No. having anxiety is not the same as being shy.