Social Anxiety Disorder



People suffering from social anxiety disorder (social phobia) tend to get nervous or self-conscious in situations such as  public speaking or job interviews. People with social anxiety feel extremely worried before, during and after these situations. Social phobia is a common problem that usually starts during the teenage years. It can be very distressing  and have a big impact on our personal life or career. 

For some people, the situation gets better as they get older. But for many people, social phobia does not go away on its own without treatment. People may suffer from social anxiety if they worry about daily activities such as meeting strangers, starting, conversion, speaking on the phone or working. They to tend to avoid or worry a lot about social activities such as group conversions, eating with others and attending parties. 

Additionally,  they always worry about  doing something they think is embarrassing such as blushing, sweating or appearing  incompetent. Therefore, symptoms may include feeling sick, vomiting trembling or a pounding heartbeat. Many people with social anxiety also have other mental health issue  such as depression, generalized anxiety disorder or panic disorder. But social anxiety is a common problem and there are treatments that can help. 

Self-help techniques can also help reduce social anxiety. Self-help might be a useful to a first step before asking professionals for help Experts recommend keeping a dirty to write down incidents and understand more about feelings.

A person might think about or write down what goes through their mind and  how they are behaving in certain social situations. Relaxation techniques, such as breathing exercises, can also reduce the stress. 

A person can also break down challenging situations into smaller parts and work on feeling more relaxed with each part or task. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) with a therapist can also help people with social phobia. Adults are sometimes treated with antidepressant medicines.

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