Social Anxiety – Social Phobia

Today I want to touch on Social Anxiety Disorder, also known as Social  Phobia.

Nearly all people experience nervousness or shyness in certain social  situations, this is normal and is not a disorder. However for someone with this  type of anxiety the fear is so extreme it is debilitating and disrupts both  personal and professional relationships. This disorder is so much more than  shyness and anyone who suffers with it should get treatment in the form of  therapy or medication. If left untreated social anxiety or phobia will lead to  more serious forms of anxiety or depression.

How to recognize SA Disorder:

– Avoiding all social occasions which severely limits your activities and  daily life.
– Excessive self consciousness around other people.
– Worrying  for weeks before a planned social occasion.

Social anxiety can stem from learned experiences, emotional trauma or be  heredity. People who suffer with this disorder often self blame even though it  is clearly not heir fault.

Some common triggers are:

– Meeting people in authority
– Using a telephone in public
– Speaking  in public
– Being introduced to a stranger
– Attending weddings, funerals  etc

Social anxiety or phobia can be treated or managed by therapy or anti-anxiety  medications. When a sufferer is aware they have this disorder they can take  steps to reduce and manage the condition themselves.

Some coping techniques are:

– Control breathing, take slow, shallow breaths
– Positive self talk
–  Removing oneself from the trigger situation

Awareness of triggers and causes of social anxiety will enable the sufferer  to choose coping techniques which are personal to themselves and are the most  effective way to deal with their disorder.

© Andrew Tudor Jones