Social anxiety disorder, also known as social phobia, is a chronic mental health condition that causes an irrational anxiety or fear of activities or situations in which it is believed that others are watching or judging the person combined with a fear of being embarrassed or humiliated. It includes such conditions as stage fear, exam fear extreme shyness, severe anxiety in groups, and before authority figures etc. Are you just shy? Or do you have social anxiety disorder? Click here to find out
Everyday interactions cause extreme fear and self- consciousness. The person may find it impossible to eat with friends in public, let alone go to a party with lots of strangers. They may be unable to write a check in a bank let alone an examination.
Common, everyday experiences that may be difficult to endure include:
Social anxiety symptoms may flare up under stressful or demanding situations. Although avoidance may afford the person some relief in the short term, the anxiety is likely to persist over the long term if not treated.
Anxiety that disrupts daily routine, work, school or other activities due to
Consequently there is avoidance of doing things or speaking to people out of fear of embarrassment and / or avoidance situations where the person might be the center of attention
The anxiety is accompanied with:
Usually there is a background of
The persons affected are so worried about developing social anxiety symptoms that they avoid situations that may trigger the symptoms and consequently just worrying about having any symptoms, cause them, or make them worse.
If untreated social anxiety disorder can lead to:
Today, there are treatments that can cause a dramatic improvement to social anxiety disorder. Treatment can help control symptoms and become more confident and relaxed in social situations. The three most effective types of treatment are medications, a form of psychotherapy called Cognitive Therapy, and Brain Stimulation. These three approaches are often used in combination.
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