It is very common to feel nervous in a social situation. A social phobia paralyses fear of interacting with others and is also known as a social anxiety disorder.
It consists of much more than the nervousness or shyness that many people feel in common social situations, such as going on a first date or giving a presentation (“stage fright”).
Social anxiety disorder is a chronic mental health condition; people with this disorder may worry about acting or participating in social situations.
The person with social anxiety disorder often avoids social or performance situations, and when the situation cannot be avoided, they experience significant distress or anxiety.
People with social phobia also experience physical symptoms like a sudden increase in heartbeat, sweating, nausea, and more.
In social anxiety disorder, anxiety and fear lead to avoidance that can disturb your life. Severe stress can affect your daily routine, school, work, or other activities.
Feelings of discomfort or shyness in certain social situations aren't necessarily signs of social phobia. The following are some symptoms of social anxiety disorder.
The following are physical signs and symptoms of social anxiety disorder
If you suffer from a social anxiety disorder, you might also avoid some common social situations. The following are some common social situations that you may avoid if having a social phobia.
The symptoms of social phobia can change over time Causes of Social anxiety disorder Like many other mental health conditions, social anxiety disorder likely arises from a complex interaction of environmental & biological factors.
The following are the possible causes of social anxiety disorder
Anxieties can interfere with school, work, relationships, or the enjoyment of life. Social anxiety disorder can cause the following-
The following are the step one can take to prevent social anxiety disorder
There are several types of treatment available to cure social anxiety disorder. The treatment results differ from person to person.
The following are the treatments available to cure social anxiety disorder.
1. Cognitive-behavioral therapy
In this therapy, you will learn to control anxiety through breathing and relaxation. This therapy will help you to replace negative thoughts with positive ones.
2. Exposure therapy
In this therapy, you will learn how to face a social situation. Your therapist will encourage you to take part in the event or any other social situation.
3. Group therapy
In this therapy, you learn social skills and techniques to interact with people in social settings. The therapist will encourage you to participate in group activities and help you apply social skills.
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