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Social Anxiety

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Definition: a chronic condition in which the individual finds social interactions so difficult that he or she avoids them completely.

Symptoms:

  • Emotional/behavioral
    • Fear of being judged
    • Worrying about embarrassment
    • Concern in offending someone
    • Avoiding doing thing/speaking to people out of fear of embarrassment  
  • Physical
    • Fast heartbeat
    • Trouble catching your breath
    • Muscle tension
    • Confusion or feeling out of body
  • Avoiding normal social situations (hard to endure)
    • Using a public restroom
    • Making eye contact
    • Attending parties or social gatherings
    • Initiating conversation


Statistics:

  • Social anxiety is fairly common: there are more than 200,000 new cases in the US every year.
  • The most common age group for social anxiety is wide, ranging from elementary school children to senior citizens. Very young children are rarely affected.

How to feel Better:

  • Don’t be afraid to get help! 36% of people with social anxiety symptoms don’t seek help until 10 or more years later. Social Anxiety can be treated, and many people find professional help beneficial.
  • Relaxation Exercises: Take deep breaths or meditate
  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT): CBT has been very successful. It guides a person’s thoughts more in a more rational direction, and helps them stop avoiding situations that cause anxiety.
  • Join a group: Anxiety is an unpleasant feeling, but no one has to go through it alone. Join a support group to meet new people and get through it together with them.
  • Medication: Medication can be used to treat social anxiety and minimize the physical symptoms like shaking or a rapid heartbeat.

Sources:

http://www.webmd.com/anxiety-panic/guide/mental-health-social-anxiety-disorder?page=3

http://www.adaa.org/understanding-anxiety/social-anxiety-disorder

http://socialphobia.org/social-anxiety-symptoms-and-treatment

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/social-anxiety-disorder/basics/symptoms/con-20032524

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One thought on “Social Anxiety

  1. Yep. I have almost every symptom of social anxiety, but I deal with it at work okay. When I first met all of my clients, I appeared calm, but inside I was a damn nervous wreck. The first week of a new job is always VERY difficult for me. But thank God everyone seems to like me.

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