Overcome Social Anxiety

maftab92 By maftab92, 28th Jul 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Social anxiety is characterized by a marked and persistent fear of one or more social or performance situations in which the person is exposed to unfamiliar people or to possible scrutiny by others.

Social Anxiety

The individual with social anxiety fears that he or she will act in a way (or show anxiety symptoms) that will be humiliating or embarrassing. “Social Anxiety” is a serious threat to the quality of life for many individuals.

Following is a list of life areas impacted by social anxiety:
• Meeting new people
• Answering the door or phone calls
• Interacting with merchant/clerks at banks, grocery stores etc.
• Setting appointments with doctor's offices etc
• Buying or returning items at retail outlets
• Sick days where your anxiety has made you sick
• Driving (fear other drivers looking at or thinking of you)
• Paying at the gas station
• Eating in front of other people
• Signing your name in front of others
• Attending or hosting social events
• Talking in a small or large group
• Expressing opinion
• Performance situations, such as playing on an delivering a speech, giving a presentation, singing in a choir etc
• May or may not have panic attacks
• Fear of what others are thinking of you
• Fear of being embarrassed or humiliated

Physical symptom of social anxiety
• Blushing
• Sweating
• Dizziness
• Heart palpitations
• Muscle tension
• Dry mouth
• Shaking
• Nausea
• Diarrhea
• Headache

Individuals with this disorder may develop hypersensitivity to criticism, negative evaluation, or rejection. They often have difficulty being assertive; and have a low self-esteem or have feelings of inferiority. They often fear indirect evaluation by others, such as taking a test. They may have poor social skills (e.g., poor eye contact) or observable signs of anxiety (e.g., cold clammy hands, tremors, shaky voice).

They may underachieve at school due to test anxiety or avoidance of classroom participation. They may underachieve at work because of anxiety during, or avoidance of, speaking in groups, in public, or to authority figures and colleagues. They often have few friends and are less likely to marry. In more severe cases, individuals may drop out of school, be unemployed and not seek work due to difficulty interviewing for jobs.

This disorder may be associated with other Anxiety Disorders, Mood Disorders, Substance-Related Disorders, and Bulimia Nervosa and usually precedes these disorders. Avoidant Personality Disorder is frequently present in individuals with this disorder.

Causes of Social Anxiety

This disorder typically has an onset in the mid-teens, sometimes emerging out of a childhood history of social inhibition or shyness. However, some experience an onset in early childhood. Onset may abruptly follow a stressful or humiliating experience, or it may be insidious. This disorder frequently is life long, although some improve or totally recover in adulthood. The course may fluctuate with life stressors. Social Phobia occurs more frequently among first-degree biological relatives of those with the disorder compared with the general population.

There are certain tips to overcome social anxiety. The more withdrawn you become while feeing anxious and avoiding activities, the stronger the social anxiety becomes so do the opposite.

Tips to Overcome Social Anxiety

• Learn to relax
• Participate in activities which increase your self esteem
• Establish an area of expertise or mastery and allowing those abilities to be present in anxiety situations
• Challenge irrational thought patterns that support the anxiety
• Keep an anxiety scale journal to measure progress
• Seek a caring individual to hold you accountable to your goals
• Know that peace and anxiety cannot exist at the same time. Any ritual which brings peace into your life is a great tool to use to eliminate anxiety
• Love yourself and get involved in pleasurable activities

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Fears, Health, Individual, Mental Health, Social Anxiety

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I am a clinical psychologist from Pakistan. I am running my own clinic to help people overcome psychological problems.

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author avatar smoothoperator
29th Jul 2010 (#)

Well thought out article which is written in a very interesting manner.

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author avatar helen baldwin
7th Aug 2010 (#)

wow the article is so true to me i am suffering from social anxiety ,panic disorder,and other things too.........but doing cbt soon so its my last straw at beating anxiety and depression.....thanks for your help the info you have given makes me feel im not on my own......x

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author avatar maftab92
7th Aug 2010 (#)

Thanks. May you get well soon.

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author avatar LOVERME
8th Aug 2010 (#)

thanks this is an INDIAN /ASIATIC DISEASE

'''WHAT WILLPEOPLE SA'''Y

most asiatics suffer from ANXIETY NEUROSIS
hope ur poem helps them. but very few read on the Internet 6.50billions population and not even 10 read sad.... sad... sad

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author avatar LOVERME
8th Aug 2010 (#)

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