Social Anxiety - Are you Shy Around People?

What is Social Anxiety

Many children and adults suffer from social anxiety and social phobia. It can be a very painful experience that affects almost every part your life. Going to a party, or meeting new people can be a paralyzing experience, that can lead to isolation and depression.

This disorder can affect a child's ability to read aloud when in grade school, play with other children, or try out for extra-curricular activities in High School. Social Anxiety, causes you to feel different, inadequate and isolates you from others.

The good news is that you do not have to continue to suffer, there are many different modes of treatment to help you overcome this disorder.

Symptoms of SAD

Anticipation of anxiety
This is the fear of becoming afraid. The patient imagines and anticipates the fear before it happens. This anxiety can begin months and weeks before faced with the situation in question.

A person with Social Anxiety Disorder will avoid any situation that will put them in an uncontrollable situation. Of course, there are occasions where these situations cannot be avoided, and these times are emotionally painfully and have to be endured.

Panic Attacks and anxiety
If a person with Social Anxiety disorder is exposed to a fearful situation, it can escalate into a panic attack. A panic attack is a feeling of sudden dread as though something terrible is about to happen. The person goes into a fight or flight mode, wanting to run or escape the non-existent fear. They become dizzy, hyperventilate and fear they are going to die.

How to Overcome Social Anxiety Disorder with Emotional Freedom Therapy (EFT)

What causes Social Anxiety?

It is believed that there are many factors, which can cause SAD.

Upbringing and environment, play a part in Social Anxiety Disorders. Being raised in a home where children are constantly mocked, ridiculed or beaten can hurt children's fragile psyche. Overly protective and controlling parents can also be a negative recipe for this disorder.

Children who are different, shy or prone to be picked on by others may be more likely to develop. In a way that will foster self-esteem and help them develop their gifts and talents.

It is possible Social Anxiety Disorders are related to difficulties in learning and linked to teasing because of shuddering, not reading well out loud, bullying, separation anxiety or sexual abuse.

What Help is Available for Social Anxiety

There are many treatments for Social Anxiety Disorder, such as cognitive-behavior, exposure therapy, or medication.

Let's examine them. It is believed that people with SAD are missing or have diminished neurotransmitter serotonin levels. SSRIs or serotonin re-uptake inhibitors or antidepressants are prescribed for treatment and have been found to reduce anxiety symptoms.

Emotional Freedom Therapy
EFT or Emotional Freedom Therapy is an alternative treatment to rid psychological trauma, blockages by desensitizing methods of tapping on energy points of the body while focusing on issues of treatment. Many people are finding relief from long existing problems through this method.

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Different Therapies

Exposure Therapy

Exposure therapy is a process where the person is slowly introduced into a fear-inducing situations for short periods of times and then increasing exposure, hopefully with the anxiety lessening a little more each time.

Cognitive-Behavior Therapy

Cognitive-behavior therapy has been found to be helpful for SAD. CBT is a psychotherapeutic system of helping the client retrain thinking, to rid them of negative self-talk that generates fear and anxiety.

Other Treatments

Family therapy
Family counseling can help resolve family problems that contribute to Social Anxiety, such as dependence, abuse, and rejection issued.

Stress Management
Stress therapy can help will recognize the onset of a SAD episode and use relaxation, meditation and other exercises that can control and lessen anxiety.

Group Therapy
Group therapy brings together others who are experiencing the same affliction and helps patients to recognize they are not alone. Often others in the group will express their challenges and victories, generally being a source or encouragement to the group.

Social Training
Social training is merely teaching the client how to act in situations with others. If someone was never taught how to use proper eating utensils or for meals, or how to start a conversation with someone new, or talk to the opposite sex, these skills will be introduced and practiced with the patient becomes comfortable with themselves.

Do you Have Social Anxiety?

If you experience some of the things mentions in this article, talk to you doctor. It is possible to social anxiety disorder. A physician can more accurately access whether or not you may suffer from Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD), and point you the proper professional that can help you.

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Travis James 3D 5 years ago

Yes, social training can be done! Some say that you're either born with it or you're not.

Not true.

I even wrote a blog post just this morning about social skills training:

With practice, repetition, and consistent ACTION anyone can overcome social anxiety.

Travis James

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Sarah Masson 6 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

Thanks for this hub, people need to be aware of this as a lot of people don't understand it.

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2besure 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina Author

Thanks for your comment. People need to know that there is help for this disorder. They no longer have to suffer in silence.

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HealthyHanna 6 years ago from Utah

Thank you for exploring this subject. Lots of people, family and friends, don't take this disorder seriously, but it is. It can be overcome with patience and understanding and determination. I know people with SADs who live with it fairly well once they understood the issue.

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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota

Excellent article on SAD. As a person in the mental health field I see many who suffer from this and it really affects their lives. Great hub. Up and useful.

anxiety disorder symptoms 6 years ago

Amazingly complete and extremely informative, that is how I evaluate your blog.

I am therefore keeping a hard copy for my personal file. Thanks.

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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

A very thorough and interesting examination of SAD with appropriate photos, too, 2besure. Thank you.

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