Symptoms & Signs of Intimacy Disorders An intimacy disorder is a condition that makes it difficult to establish close or intimate relationships with other people. These relationships may be strictly emotional in nature, but they may also include various types of sexual contact. In some cases, the symptoms of a fear of intimacy may qualify as a diagnosable mental health disorder. However, you can also experience intimacy problems without meeting the criteria for diagnosing this condition. Some intimacy disorders are related to mental health conditions, such as borderline personality disorder. What Is Society Anxiety Disorder? Social anxiety disorder\u00a0(also known as social phobia) is officially recognized by the American Psychiatric Association as an anxiety disorder. All\u00a0anxiety disorders produce\u00a0strong forms of certain unwanted or disruptive emotions (e.g., fear, dread, worry or apprehension) in situations that don\u2019t normally trigger these responses in the average person. A person with social anxiety disorder experiences these emotions in social situations that have the capacity to produce embarrassment or bring about the judgments of others. Fear of embarrassment or judgment may lead to a significant fear of intimacy. Symptoms of Social Anxiety Social anxiety can manifest in a number of ways. Symptoms of intimacy disorders and social anxiety experienced by you or your loved ones may include: \tWorries about interacting\u00a0with other people, even when the interaction is desired \tExtreme self-consciousness \tIntense fear of the opinions of others \tAvoidance of locations or situations that involve contact with others \tDifficulty establishing or maintaining relationships \tWorry that begins far in advance of an upcoming social situation or event \tStomach upset or nausea \tMuscle tremors \tFacial reddening (blushing) \tExcessive sweat production People with social anxiety disorder have persistent fears, worries and other symptoms that are strong enough to disrupt their daily routines or relationships. These fears, which usually provoke physical symptoms as well as emotional symptoms, are recognized as irrational or unreasonable by affected individuals. Despite this self-knowledge, the fear remains. Symptoms of the disorder must last for at least half a year before doctors will make an official diagnosis. Research has also shown that people affected by social anxiety disorder can develop serious problems with intimacy. Of course, these problems can lead to difficulties with sexual communication and reduced sexual satisfaction. Symptoms of Intimacy Disorders A person currently involved in a close emotional and\/or physical relationship may experience a broad range of fear of intimacy signs and symptoms. For example, the list of potential issues and symptoms of intimacy disorders includes: \tFeelings of unease or discomfort when expressing emotional truths \tFear of revealing deep feelings \tFear of showing concern for a distressed or upset partner \tUnwillingness to discussing unpleasant personal experiences \tFear of discussing emotionally painful personal experiences \tFear of committing to long-term relationships \tUnease or discomfort when expressing affection \tFear of learning about a partner\u2019s serious personal issues \tDifficulty trusting a partner with important personal information \tDifficulty being or feeling spontaneous in the presence of a partner \tFear that a partner needs you more than you need him\/her \tUnease or discomfort expressing personal need \tFear that a partner will start viewing you as a source of emotional support \tUnease or discomfort about open communication in a relationship \tFear of discussing relationship problems \tUnease or discomfort about sharing personal goals \tFear of discussing past situations that triggered feelings of shame You or your loved one may also have had past relationship experiences that point to symptoms of intimacy disorders. For example, possible indications here include: \tHaving a reputation of being hard to know \tHaving a reputation of being afraid of personal closeness \tAvoidance of opportunities to deepen a relationship \tUse of specific behaviors or actions to avoid the possibility of developing closeness Get Help Today! The term intimacy disorder is not officially used by the American Psychiatric Association. However, this does not mean that\u00a0intimacy-related problems can\u2019t seriously interfere with the ability to enjoy life as well as experience relationship satisfaction. In fact, the presence of multiple intimacy issues can seriously decrease life enjoyment and relationship stability. Call Promises Treatment Centers today at to get your relationship back on track.