Fear of humiliation means people who suffer from social anxiety "rarely seek help"

Over 400,000 Irish people are believed to suffer with the condition

Social anxiety sufferers rarely seek help because of a fear of humiliation, according to experts.

The Psychological Society of Ireland also note that those who do not suffer from the condition cannot empathise with sufferers, adding to their sense of shame.

The condition, which involves a fear of interaction with other people that brings on self-consciousness, is thought to affect 400,000 people in Ireland - an estimated 16% of the population.

The PSI will address the condition during a public discussion next Monday for World Mental Health Day.

Róisín McGinley, daughter of Braveheart actor Sean McGinley, is urging people to open up about the disorder.

"With social anxiety, the instinct is to avoid talking about it", she said. "This only feeds the monster and keeps it alive. Since this realisation, starving my social anxiety has been my main goal."

Famous faces who suffer from social anxiety include Donny Osmond, Johnny Depp and Jennifer Lawrence. Most recently, former One Direction star Zayn Malik cancelled a string of live shows due to an anxiety disorder.

The talk takes place at the Dublin Business School at 6:30pm on October 10th.

For more information and support, you can contact Aware at 1800 80 48 48.