Social anxiety disorder is also called social phobia. It’s a mental health condition. It is a constant extreme long term fear of being judged by people you meet every day. This fear can affect work, school, and your other day-to-day activities. It can also make it hard to make and keep relationships going on. But just like other diseases it is also curable, before it’s cured you need to diagnose it!
People suffering with social anxiety mostly experience the following:
- Blushing, sweating, trembling or feeling a rapid heart rate upon meeting someone or entering a group of people.
- Being very conscious that other people will judge them.
- Staying away from places where there are more
These are the minor but prominent symptoms other major symptoms may be finding it scary to be surrounded by the people usually when they don’t know you.
After understanding the social anxiety definition and symptoms, next comes treatment. Treatment of social anxiety is really important like any other disease. First, talk to your doctor or health care professional, one will check you whether these symptoms are because of any other physical issue. If s/he tells that it’s a mental illness you will be referred to a mental health specialist, such as a psychiatrist, psychologist, clinical social worker, or counselor. Social anxiety is usually treated by psychotherapy also known as “talk” therapy, medication, or both. So psychotherapy is called cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). CBT teaches you different ways of thinking, behaving, and facing the situations that help you feel less anxious and fearful. It can also help you learn and practice social skills, which may help you later in your life.
Medication can be added to your treatment as told before, medicines like anti-anxiety, antidepressants, beta-blockers. These help a lot in slowing down your mental pace and reducing stress over your brain.
What Causes Social Anxiety Disorder?
Researchers say that it might be running from generation to generation in a single family, as some parts of the brain are involved in fear. And people usually misread the behavior of other people which just worsens the situation. For example, you may think that people are staring or frowning at you when they truly are not.
So as other diseases are cured on time and are taken seriously mental health should also be concerned properly because if your brain isn’t working right you won’t be able to live your life happily and such diseases can grow worse and put you in a more serious situation if left untreated.