August 17, 2022

Social anxiety disorder (more than just shyness)

Social anxiety disorder is known as social phobia. People with social anxiety disorder are fearful in social settings.

Social anxiety disorder

People with this disorder are known to have trouble speaking to people, attending social gatherings. Social anxiety disorder is different from shyness


Signs and symptoms of social anxiety disorder

  • Fear that others will notice that you look anxious
  • Intense fear of interacting or speaking with strangers
  • Avoidance of doing things or speaking to people out of fear or embarrassment
  • Fear of physical symptoms that may bring embarrassment such as sweating, trembling, or a shaky voice
  • Avoidance of making eye contact
  • Avoidance of eating before others
  • Muscle tension
  • Fear of starting a conversation
  • The expectation of the worst possible consequences from negative experience during a social situation
  • Analysis of your performance and identification of flaws in your interactions after a social situation
  • Being very afraid, people will judge them


What triggers social anxiety disorder

  • Family/inherited traits
  • Anxiety disorder tends to run in the family
  • Negative experience
  • Experiences like bullying, teasing, rejection, humiliation trigger a social anxiety disorder
  • Environment
  • Social anxiety disorder can be developed after having embarrassing or unpleasant social situations


Complications of social anxiety disorder.

  • Low self-esteem
  • Substance abuse
  • Suicide
  • Negative self talk
  • Trouble being assertive
  • Treatment of social anxiety
  • Psychotherapy
  • Support groups
  • Medication

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