Definition: a chronic condition in which the individual finds social interactions so difficult that he or she avoids them completely.
- Fear of being judged
- Worrying about embarrassment
- Concern in offending someone
- Avoiding doing thing/speaking to people out of fear of embarrassment
- 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
- 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.