Social Anxiety Disorder


Social Anxiety Disorder

Many people tend to get very nervous or extremely self-conscious from time to time. Those with social anxiety disorder often will feel intensely uncomfortable in most social situations. For example: when needing to speak in public or when interviewing for a position or job. Those with social anxiety disorder, or with social phobia, would tell you that it’s not just about being shy. Social anxiety disorder tends to involve an intense fear of certain social situations. This is especially true when it is unfamiliar or if your being watched or if your evaluated. The situation may be so frightening that you start to find yourself getting anxious just at the thought of going. You do whatever you can to avoid it. Even to the lengths of disrupting your day to day life.

Those with social anxiety disorder fear being under scrutiny, embarrassed or harshly judged by others. You might be afraid others will think negatively of you. You feel that you won’t measure up when compared to others. Even when you know that these fears that your being judged is out of proportion and irrational, you still find it hard to not be anxious.

What Is The Cause of Social Anxiety Disorder?

You may think your the only person on earth dealing with this anxiety but you would be surprised how common it is. However the thing that triggers a person can be very different. Most people will experience some anxiety in social situations. But for others, the anxiety is linked to a certain social situations, (speaking to strangers, small talk at a party, having to perform on stage).

Social Anxiety Disorder

Common triggers include:

  • Going out and having to meet new people
  • Small talk
  • Speaking In Public
  • Performing on a stage
  • Thinking you will be watched while your performing a task
  • Criticized or made fun of
  • Called out in class
  • Called out in class
  • Speaking up and talking during a get together or a meeting
  • Having to use the public restroom
  • Taking an exam
  • Having to eat or drink in public
  • Having to make a phone call
  • Attending social gatherings

Social Anxiety Disorder

Signs and Symptoms

Just because you find that on occasion you get nervous in some social situations does not necessarily mean you suffer from a social anxiety disorder or from a social phobia. Many people if not most feel shy or somewhat self-conscious from time to time. But the difference is that they do not let it interfere with their day to day life. Social anxiety disorder, does tend to interfere with a person’s normal routine and can lead to tremendous anxiety and distress.

It is perfectly normal to start getting the jitters before you have to give a speech. If you suffer from social anxiety disorder you might find yourself worrying for weeks ahead of the speech and find a way to bail.

Emotional signs of social anxiety disorder:

  • Excessively self-conscious and extreme amounts of anxiety in everyday social situations.
  • Intense worry for several days, weeks, and even months before you attend a social event.
  • Being very fearful that your being watched or judged by others.
  • Fear that you will act in a way that might embarrass and humiliate you.
  • Fear that other people will take notice that you’re extremely nervous.

Physical signs:

  • Red face and blushing
  • A shortness in breath
  • Having an upset stomach
  • Trembling or intense shaking
  • A racing heart and tightness in your chest
  • Sweating or getting hot flashes
  • Feeling very dizzy and faint

Behavioral signs

  • Purposely avoiding most social situations
  • Staying very quiet or hiding in the “crowd” or background so you won’t get noticed or embarrassed
  • The need to bring a friend with you when you go out
  • Drinking before you go out to social situations

Social Anxiety Disorder

Get the Help you need today

Social anxiety disorder (SAD) very is commonly treated using cognitive-behavioral therapy or (CBT). Research reveals that CBT is a reliable form of therapy when helping overcome social anxiety disorders. It is a form of therapy that is designed to help modify your thoughts and your behaviors so that your emotions will be positively influenced.

A combination of medication and therapy are shown to be effective in the treatment for social anxiety disorder.

Get therapy today at High Expectations Counseling. We have a team of therapists that are highly trained and able to help you with your social anxiety disorder. Why put it off. You deserve freedom from this disorder. Call us today at 407-957-1327.

Have a free consultation to see if we are the right fit. Don’t delay. You deserve to have a life free from anxiety and fear.