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Social Anxiety Disorder-Everything You Need to Know (and More Anxiety Disorders Listed!)

Updated on December 15, 2019
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What You May Want To Know!

Social anxiety disorder, a really intense fear of public speaking, presentations, judgement and anything social. Called, really hard to handle at times. People with the disorder usually have these symptoms/triggers.

1) Being introduced to new people

2) Trouble making eye contact

3) Trouble being the center of attention

4) Being teased or criticized

5) Being watched or observed

6) Extreme nervousness

7) Negative emotional cycles

8) Levels of fear in Social Situations

9) Dry mouth

10) Heart racing

Those were just a few of the common symptoms of SAD, but all people diagnosed have different symptoms because nobody is the same person and our mind and body reacts in certain ways!. Now, you may wonder. Why do I or someone I know have social anxiety disorder, or what causes it. Here are a few things that may of caused your SAD or someone you know's.

1) Genetic (it runs in the family!!)

2) Your brain structure

3) Your environment

Like I said, everyone reacts differently and everyone's body is different. If someone in your family has this disorder, then you have a higher risk to get it as well. There also may be some trauma involved, as of to why you have this disorder. It can be treated completely with the help of a few things

1) Cognitive therapy

2) Antidepressants

Cognitive therapy helps change the way you see things, it helps train your mind. It changes brain patterns completely, helping you react differently. Antidepressants help a lot of anxiety disorders as well. Cognitive therapy is one of the main therapies that help for those with SAD, it's actually the best method.

I hope you found this helpful! if you are struggling with SAD, don't worry it will get better. Don't feel hesitant to get help!

Want To Learn More?

There are so many anxiety disorders out there that you may not know about, or know enough about. Some other anxiety disorders are

1) Generalized Anxiety Disorder-GAD

2) Panic Disorder

3) Obsessive Compulsive Disorder- OCD

4) Post traumatic stress disorder- PTSD

All of these anxiety disorders have a range of different causes and different symptoms!. Anxiety disorders are not easy to handle, they can be disabling if severe enough. They can cause depression as well. Some quick descriptions of these 4 anxiety disorders are

1) GAD- Generalized Anxiety Disorder is a pretty common anxiety disorder, it is characterized by chronic anxiety, it comes along with extreme fear and worry(or tension) even when there may be nothing to worry about (as some people may say). Some causes are genetic, traumatic events and lifestyle changes. If someone in your family has this, it's likely to be passed onto you. (by the way, everyone gets anxiety, but people with GAD find it harder to manage and keep under control. Not everyone has an anxiety disorder, it's only classified one when it is harder to control and it affects your daily life)

2) Panic disorder- Panic disorder is also pretty common, it is classified as unexpected and frequent/ repeating episodes of panic episodes which are intense periods of fear accompanied by physical symptoms. This is caused mainly by genetics and traumatic experiences. People with this disorder, feel the next panic attack and fear that anywhere they go they will have a period of panic, not knowing what to do. They always have that constant fear.

3) Obsessive Compulsive Disorder- OCD is very common, it is classified as recurrent and unwanted thoughts (obsessions) and recurrent behaviors (compulsions). These behaviors range from hand washing too patterns and cleaning habits. People diagnosed with OCD may also have a tic disorder, a tic disorder being rapid shoulder jerking, head jerking, out of the control face movements, etc. These tic's may come and go. This is caused usually by genetics and brain structure. People with OCD take extreme measurements to have their compulsions completed, they will do anything just to wash their hands or fix their pattern.

4) Post Traumatic Stress Disorder- PTSD is also really common out of all of the anxiety disorders. It is classified as a disorder that sometimes occurs when people have gone through a really stressful and traumatic experience, leaving extreme mental scars. Not everyone with PTSD has had a traumatic experience though it is really common, it can just be traumatic or environmental. People with PTSD often always live in fear, fear of something similar to their traumatic event (in that case) happening again.

Now you learned a little bit more about the anxiety disorders!. Thank you for reading my article, hoped you take this information and look more into it and maybe do something for someone struggling.

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