What is Social Phobia?
Social Anxiety Disorder (Social Phobia) is a feeling of intense fear of social situations where you will feel you’ll be watched or evaluated. Social Anxiety is a feeling of being negatively judged by other people. The fear of involving with other people can be so frightening that you get anxious just thinking about it and avoiding the situations that trigger your social phobia.
Common Triggers of Social Anxiety Disorder
You might feel that you are the only one with a social anxiety problem. However, it is so common that it has become third largest mental health problem in the world. People with social phobia experience anxiety in following situations:
- When somebody teases or criticizes
- While meeting people in authority
- Speaking up in the meeting
- During stage performance
- While meeting new people
- When he/she is a center of attraction
- Attending social events or gatherings
- Public speaking
- Being observed while doing something
- Making phone calls in public
- Excessive anxiety in day-to-day social situations
- Constant and intense worry before an upcoming social event
- Fear that other people will get to know about your nervousness
- Fear of being observed or watched by other
- Excessive sweating
- Racing heart
- Red face
- Dry throat and mouth
- Avoid facing social situations to limit your presence and activities
- Staying quiet to escape notice
- Drinking before facing social situations
Social Anxiety is a fully treatable condition. If you are suffering from social phobia, then we recommend you to find a specialist in your area who can understand your problem and help you with proper treatment.
Social phobia or anxiety treatment should include behavioral therapy group where members work on their anxiety levels within the group and then they do the same in real-life situations.
You can control and manage your social anxiety with effective therapy, self-control, and patience.
Therapy Treatment for Social Anxiety
CBT (Cognitive behavioral therapy) for social phobia is the most successful treatment option. Many research studies show that people who are treated with social anxiety specific CBT can live a life which is free from anxiety and fear. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps in changing the behavior, thoughts, and feelings of people with social anxiety disorder.
You just need to be compliant with the treatment and do things that are necessary to overcome this disorder.