Social Anxiety

Nearly all people experience nervousness or shyness in certain social situations,  this is normal and is not a disorder.  However for someone with social 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 social anxiety.


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.