Social Anxiety Disorder

Social Anxiety Disorder (or social phobia) is a type of anxiety disorder wherein a person has excessive and intense fear of certain social situations – this is generally the nervousness that arises from the fear of unfamiliar situations or the situations in which you feel you’ll be watched, judged or criticized by others. A person suffering from a social phobia is afraid of being scrutinized, judged, or embarrassed in public.  This might be so frightening for the person suffering that he may get anxious just thinking about them or can go to great lengths to avoid them. You may feel that there is nothing that you can do about social phobia or social phobia but actually there is a lot that can be done to help you out in such situations.

The first thing you need to understand is the Situations that trigger Social Anxiety Disorder:

a.)           Meeting new people

b.)          Being watched

c.)           Public speaking

d.)          Performing publically

e.)          Being criticized

f.)           Making phone calls

g.)           Using public bathrooms

h.)          Taking exams

i.)            Eating or drinking in public

j.)            Speaking up in a meeting

k.)           Attending parties or other social gatherings

Symptoms of Social Anxiety Disorder:

Many a times people confuse shy or self-conscious behaviour with social anxiety disorder which is actually not the case. Always remember, if the behaviour interfere your normal routine and causes tremendous distress, it is Social anxiety disorder.

Let us have a look at the various Types of  Social Anxiety Disorder Symptoms:

  • Emotional Symptoms:

The Emotional Symptoms of Social Anxiety involves intense worry months before an upcoming social situation, excessive anxiety in your everyday situation (as much as it affect your daily routine), excessive fear of being watched, judged, criticized, noticed, embarrassed or humiliated.

  • Physical Symptoms:

The Emotional Symptoms of Social Anxiety involves nausea, shortness of breath, sweating, dizziness, stomach upset, racing hear, tightness in chest, high palpitation, etc.

  • Behavioral Symptoms:

The Emotional Symptoms of Social Anxiety Disorder involves avoiding social situations to an extent that it limits your daily activities or routine, staying aloof from the fear of being noticed or embarrassed, drinking before social situations or a never ending need to be accompanied by someone before going anywhere.

Treatment for Social Anxiety Disorder:

The best treatment for social anxiety disorder differs from person to person. Social Phobia can be treated with the following self-help strategies:

  • Challenge Negative Thoughts
  • Learn to control your Breath
  • Face your fears
  • Build Better relationships
  • Change your Lifestyle
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