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Social Anxiety Disorder Explained

Updated on February 21, 2017

The Start

So here's to Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD), one of the least understood anxiety disorders there are known. So many people are actually known to be living with this condition and they are yet to be diagnosed! Studies show that women are twice as likely to be affected by anxiety disorders than men.

Let's take the United States as an example. Disorders that are anxiety related are the most common type of mental illness in this area! It's affects approximately 20% of the population, most of which accounts for individuals either aged 18 or over.

I myself have been suffering with anxiety for approximately 2 years now, however I have only recently been diagnosed with Social Anxiety Disorder by a mental health nurses.

The Truth!

Social anxiety disorder isn't just being shy when it comes to regular and normal situations. It is feeling anxious of being judged by others or making an embarrassment of yourself, which can lead to a very negative impact upon your social life and self esteem.

Symptoms people with this type of anxiety disorder may experience are: palpitations, shaking, increased rate of breathing, sweating and many others.

Approximately 1 in every 10 adults suffer with Social Anxiety Disorder, all to a different severity. Dependant upon the severity of each individuals condition, there are multiple types of professional help available to everyone.

Anti-depressants may be prescribed by your GP should he/she advise that they are the right path for you, you may be referred by your GP to a mental health services should you need to, or you can self refer yourself if you see any potential benefits for you in the future, or if you want to take that next step in bettering yourself.

Useful links for advice or professional help with this disorder and many others are as follows:


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Talk about it!

Now I know what some of you may be thinking. Talking isn't something people with mental earth disorders such as this like to do. Well as sad as it may sound to some of you, if you wish to get better you have no choice but to communicate with others, otheriwse you're not going to get the professional help you're seeking/you need.

Communicstion is the key to solving many problems. It makes the world go round in a nutshell, and because most of us shy away from the inevitable, that's why we go so long suffering. The purpose of what I'm trying to get across is that nobody should have to suffer in silence. It is unfair and is never the right answer, I know from experience.

In-Depth Explanation of SAD


  • Anxiety can have a severe effect on your day to day life
  • Don't suffer in silence, get help today!


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      Demi Wall 12 months ago from Birmingham

      You are absolutely welcome. I know it can seriously affect people's day to day lives so I just hope to shed some light upon their problems. Glad I could be of some benefit x