Social Anxiety Disorder can and is crippling for many people. Enormous amounts of fear, turmoil and avoidance are felt by those with social anxiety. Many with social anxiety disorder live in fear of being constantly judged by others. Always in fear of negatively being evaluated by people. A constant feeling of inadequacy and embarrassment. Many who suffer from social anxiety disorder feel humiliation and this leads to extreme levels of depression, They live this way all day, everyday.
Studies reveal that Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) is ranked as the third biggest mental health issue in the United States today. Followed by depression and alcoholism. An estimated 7% of people in the United States suffer from some type or form of social anxiety at this very moment.
If you live with someone or work with a person suffering with social anxiety, finding ways to support them instead of criticize is important. The following are some statements that may be well meaning but need to be avoided when trying to help a loved one coping with social anxiety.