Social anxiety is the third largest health care problem in the world.
Social anxiety is the fear of social situations that involve the interaction with other people. It is a very pervasive disorder and causes anxiety and fear in almost all the areas of the person’s life.
People with social anxiety disorder often are seen to be shy, quiet, backward, unfriendly, nervous and disinterested. People with social anxiety know that their anxiety is irrational and not based on facts which do not make a rational sense.
The feelings that accompany social anxiety include high level of fear, automatic negative emotional cycles, racing heart, excessive sweating and muscle twitches.
High rates of alcoholism and other substance abuse; family related difficulties and problem; lack of personal relationships, are among the daily problems experienced by those with this disorder.
All socially anxious people have different reasons for acting up but in all; it is the overwhelming fear of being judged by others in social situations and being the center of attraction.
According to a Mental Health report, cognitive therapies and Behavioral therapy groups have over the years helped to achieve a very high success rate by helping patients eliminate anxiety symptoms associated with social anxiety disorder.
There’s no way to predict what will cause someone to develop an anxiety disorder, but you can take steps to reduce the impact of symptoms if you’re anxious:
- Get help early.Anxiety, like many other mental health conditions, can be harder to treat if you wait.
- Keep a journal.Keeping track of your personal life can help you and your mental health professional identify what’s causing you stress and what seems to help you feel better.
- Prioritize issues in your life.You can reduce anxiety by carefully managing your time and energy. Make sure that you spend time doing things you enjoy.
- Avoid unhealthy substance use.Alcohol and drug use and even caffeine or nicotine use can cause or worsen anxiety. If you’re addicted to any of these substances, quitting can make you anxious. If you can’t quit on your own, see your doctor or find a treatment program or support group to help you.