Hello and welcome to Healthcare Magic. Thanks for your query.
It is possible that a very socially embarrasing or traumatic event can trigger a social anxiety
. Now, it is good that you have been able to recognize your symptoms early and have sought help. It is important not to avoid social situations or eating outside due to this fear or anxiety, since this avoidance will only end up reinforcing the fear.
I would suggest that whenever you get such anxious thoughts, you can practise relaxation techniques
like deep breathing or try distract your mind from such thoughts. If you learn to counter the anxiety using these techniques, without avoiding or escaping from such situations, then soon the fear and anxious thoughts will subside. In case the problem is persistent or worsening, please seek professional help from a psychiatrist
Wish you all the best.
Dr. Jonas Sundarakumar