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Social Anxiety

Introduction

In the present world the third largest psychological problem is social anxiety. There is a point where you can guess out your self that there is anxiety disorder in you. If your daily life and relationship is affected to such an extent that it is really severe, then the anxiety about a certain issues and situations will affect your day-to-day life chores and its time that you better realize that you are suffering from Social Anxiety.

Social anxiety is a disproportionate, persistent fear of social or performance situations.

Signs and symptoms

Some of the main symptoms of Social Anxiety are an extreme fear of a situation in which one has to meet strangers, one may be scrutinized by others, and some of the social situations are experienced with an intense anxiety or avoided entirely. The anxiety provoking social situation causes some physical symptoms like blushing, sweating, extreme shaking of body or certain body parts, trembling, tense muscles, shaky voice representing lack of confidence, dry mouth due to fear and a pounding heart which is due to high blood pressure which in turn is due to worry or fear. If one is very anxious and nervous in the presence of a crowd or just in the presence of someone then it is the basic symptom of social anxiety. One may think that they have low confidence in public as compared to others if you they are suffering from social anxiety. One may think or feel as if everyone in the room is staring at them. Everyone’s eyes are always on you and they are judging you at every single point. Just a simple blushing may be felt as if it the worst and the most embarrassing moment of the life. Anxiousness may be felt for just giving a speech in public, talking to a boss or dating. Anxiety may go to some extreme conditions when some people feel anxious about using a public restroom, eating out in public, talking on phone or even writing something in front of others.

It is important to keep in mind that almost everyone experiences some kind of social anxiety now-and-then. And it should me noted that feeling anxious about something is normal to an extent. But in the case of social anxiety disorder the lifestyle of an individual is consistently limited. They face problem in almost every point of the daily chores. Some other symptoms are trying to avoid participation in school, avoid making friends and also affect the working conditions by making them miss out important opportunities at work. They always make a point to avoid the entire socially related situation like parties, and severely limiting their life, working conditions and social relationships.

Causes of Social Anxiety

An imbalance of a chemical in brain named Serotonin is considered to be the main factor for the Social anxiety disorder. Serotonin transports signals between nerve cells. It is also hereditary. A past bad social experience is also an important factor.

Social Anxiety Disorder Treatment

Treatment for social anxiety disorder involves psychological counseling and sometimes medications (such as antidepressants) to reduce associated anxiety and depression. The most commonly known medicines for SAD are SSRI, Effexor, Klonopin , moclobomide and Xanax.

Other treatment for social anxiety disorder include aggressive cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). In this type of therapy, you gradually work up to facing the situations you fear most. This allows you to become better skilled at coping with these anxiety. You may also participate in skills training or role-playing to practice your social skills and gain comfort and confidence relating to others.


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