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Social Anxiety Disorder

What is Social Anxiety Disorder?
Social Anxiety Disorder, also known as Social Phobia, is an anxiety disorder that affects a person’s ability to socialize or interact with others in everyday social situations.   

A person with Social Anxiety may fear that he or she will be watched or evaluated by others.  The most common specific social phobia is fear of public speaking or performing in front of an audience.  However, there are many situations that can trigger social anxiety.  Examples include meeting new people, being the center of attention, being observed while doing something, being teased or criticized or being called on in class.  One tends to think of Social Phobia when attending a party or other social gatherings, but Social Anxiety can be triggered in smaller, more individualized settings, such as speaking up at meeting, making a phone call, going on a date, eating or drinking in public or using public restrooms.

How Prevalent is Social Anxiety?  
Social Anxiety affects approximately 19 million Americans and can occur any time.  Most often however, age of onset occurs during adolescence, early adulthood or even early childhood.  It is more common in women than in men.

What Causes Social Anxiety?
The exact cause of Social Phobia is unknown.  However, researchers have pointed to several factors, including familial (someone in the family has a history of anxiety), biological (a more active amygdala, a specific area of the brain or biochemical fluctuations in the brain) or environmental (negative life experiences that frequently puts the person in a situations that make them feel inferior).

How Do I Know if I Need Help
Now, we all can get anxious once in a while when faced with new or overwhelming social situations.   The difference between social anxiety and normal apprehension of social situations is that in social anxiety, there is an intense feeling of fear that you will be judged or scrutinized by others, or that you will be embarrassed in public. The fear is so great that often the person will become anxious just thinking about the possible situation, and will go to great lengths to avoid it.  And even if you realize that your fears are somewhat irrational and overblown, you still can’t help feeling anxious.  

What Are Some of the Signs and Symptoms of Social Anxiety Disorder/Social Phobia?
Although many people can be shy or self-conscious from time to time, their behavior t doesn’t get in the way of their everyday functioning. Social anxiety disorder, on the other hand, does interfere with your normal routine and causes tremendous distress.

For example, it’s perfectly normal to get the jitters before giving a speech. But if you have social anxiety disorder or social phobia, you might worry for weeks ahead of time, call in sick to get out of it, or turn beet red and start shaking so bad during the speech that you can hardly speak.

Emotional Symptoms of Social Anxiety Disorder include:
Intense worry for days or weeks before a social situation

Excessive self-consciousness in everyday social situations

Extreme fear of being watched or judged by others, especially those you don’t know

Fear that you will act in a way that will embarrass yourself

Physical Symptoms of Social Anxiety Disorder include:
Red face, or blushing 

Shortness of breath 

Upset stomach, nausea (i.e. butterflies) 

Trembling or shaking (including shaky voice) 

Sweating or hot flashes 

Behavioral symptoms of social anxiety disorder include:

Avoiding social situations to a degree that limits your activities or disrupts your life 

Staying quiet or hiding in the background in order to escape notice and embarrassment  

Drinking before social situations in order to soothe your nerves 

Although it might be normal for children to be shy at times, children who develop Social anxiety disorder can experience extreme distress over everyday activities and situations such as playing with other kids, reading in class, speaking to adults, taking tests, or performing in front of others. Often, children with social phobia don’t want to go to school.

Getting the Help You Need
People who suffer from Social Anxiety Disorder or Social Phobia often have negative thoughts and beliefs that contribute to their anxiety.  You may think that in any given social situation you will look foolish, or people will think you’re stupid, or your face will blush and turn red.  Challenging these negative thoughts, either through therapy or on your own, is one effective way to reduce the symptoms of Social Anxiety Disorder.

We at OHEL can help.  Treatments such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy (which challenges your negative belief system), relaxation and breathing exercises, improving your communication style, or, if necessary, psychiatric medications such as anti-depressants or anti-anxiety agents can be very valuable in healing the symptoms of Social Anxiety Disorder.  More importantly, our skilled therapists at OHEL can teach you ways in which you can help yourself, through changes in your lifestyle.  Avoiding caffeine, engaging in exercise or other enjoyable activities and getting adequate sleep are just some of the things you can do to improve your lifestyle and promote enhanced positivity in your life.

Remember:   at OHEL, we are only a phone call or a click away from your road to recovery.

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