Social Anxiety Disorder

What is social anxiety disorder?

We all get nervous or uncomfortable during certain social situations. Public speaking is just one example of how frightening it can be for some people to speak in front of strangers but most people can get through it. Social Anxiety Disorder is also known as social phobia and is defined as a long lasting and overwhelming fear of social situations. It is a very common disorder and usually develops during childhood and without treatment, will most likely continue on throughout adulthood. 

People who suffer from social anxiety have trouble with certain social situations including:

  • Public speaking

  • Starting public conversations 

  • Attending parties 

  • Trouble with eye contact

  • Eating in front of other people

  • Going to school or work

  • Talking to strangers

  • Talking on the phone to arrange appointments 

The reasons for dreading certain social situations (social anxiety) is different for everyone. But in general, it's a fear of 

  • Being humiliated or embarrassed and the physical sensations that accompany it such as sweating, shaking and blushing 

  • An overwhelming fear of being judged by others

  • Intentionally offending someone 

  • Fear of criticism 

Symptoms of social anxiety

  • Dizziness or lightheadedness 

  • Muscle tension

  • Rapid heartbeat

  • Stomach issues 

  • Unintentional sweating 

  • Developing a stutter when talking to strangers 

  • Nausea 

  • Panic attacks

How Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) can help me?

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy helps you understand the link between your thoughts, feelings and behaviors. CBT is known to help find ways to overcome your anxiety by identifying any negative patterns which cause your anxiety and transform them with healthy, positive thoughts and feelings.This is achieved by a concept called Systematic Desensitization, which is also known as exposure therapy. Your therapist will gradually expose you to situations which would normally trigger your anxiety. Eventually you will learn to replace any negative thoughts and feelings with positive ones. 

 

 

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