Understanding Social Anxiety Disorder

Social anxiety is actually a common fear that people feel but is not much familiar. It is the fear of interacting with other people because doing so brings about negative feelings of being judged and evaluated as well as self-consciousness. These feelings then lead to the sufferer avoiding people all together.

As the name suggests, it is fear of being scrutinized by others while in social environment or performance situations. This is entirely different to the extreme shyness as others are led to believe. Although it may seem as simple avoidance of people, social anxiety can mess the lives of people suffering from it as they cannot hold normal relationships with others.

This is because symptoms of social anxiety can be so extreme that it disrupts people’s lives. Those people who suffer from social anxiety usually have very few to no social relationships. This often leaves them ashamed, alone and lonely. But the fact is that even when they know that the fear they are feeling is irrational, still they are powerless against it. They are often overcome with the fear of being

Major Types humiliated or embarrassed by themselves. of Social Anxiety

There are two main types of people suffering from social anxieties. There are those whose fear springs from only specific reason. For example, he or she feels anxious only when speaking in front of crowds. On the other hand, generalized social anxiety refers to those that feel anxious and uncomfortable to almost all social situations. Generalized social anxiety tends to be more common compared to specific social anxiety. This happens when a person always anticipates anxiety, embarrassment, depression, inferiority and self-blame at almost all life situations.

When do People Often Suffer from Social Anxiety

Social anxiety usually happens when people experience some sort of emotional distress when they are in situations such as:

  • Being scrutinized and teased
  • Becoming the center of attention
  • When introduced to other people
  • When meeting important people and person of authority
  • Social encounters especially when it is with strangers
  • Being watched while they are doing something
  • Maintaining interpersonal relationships

As for the physiological symptoms of social anxiety, it includes extreme fear, speedy heart beat, excessive sweating, blushing, dry mouth and throat, difficulty swallowing, trembling and muscle twitches. People suffering with social anxiety often feels these wave of symptoms when in situations such that as described above.

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