Social Anxiety in Adults
As I said before, Social Anxiety and depression sometimes go together. When you are dealing with depression and anxiety the apathy and sometimes terror to interact with people can truly hinder your involvement in social activities. This is why social withdrawal is very common.
What is Social Anxiety?
Social anxiety disorder also known as Social Phobia. It is characterized by an intense fear of public scrutiny. A person suffering form social anxiety dreads performing, attending parties, meeting new people, attending meetings, entering groups, eating in public, etc. They pretty much dread any kind of social interaction.
People suffering from social anxiety disorder feel that in some way they are inadequate. They expect humiliations and hurtful commentaries from any social situation they encounter. Because of this, they usually get extremely nervous before they have to face social situations and assume that they will spill their drink at a party or have sweaty palms when shaking somebody else's hands...
Everyone feels a bit anxious before meeting new people. This doesn't mean that you suffer from social anxiety but if this apprehension to face social situations has been going on for a while (more than six moths) then you may be suffering from social phobia.
Let's take a look at some of the most common warning signs ...
Symptoms of Social Anxiety
Social anxiety is usually limited to specific situations such as interacting or mingling with people but in more severe cases, the anxiety can be experienced around almost anyone other than family members and close friends.
These are some of the symptoms when it is accompanied by depression:
• Fear of situations with unfamiliar people
• Abnormal stress when you feel observed or judged
• Blushing, your voice shakes, your knees tremble
• Excessive sweating
• Mumbling or difficulty talking
• Feelings of worthlessness
Early Treatment is Key
If you are suffering from social anxiety, a visit to a health specialist will help you decide the most appropriate treatment.
Some form of cognitive therapy should almost always be used in the treatment. Research has provided evidence for the efficacy of this type of psychotherapy.
Also, other treatment options include lifestyle changes and developed awareness of your thinking patterns. This awareness can be cultivated with the practice of mindfulness and meditation techniques.
You can also combine the practice of mindfulness and meditation techniques with natural remedies for anxiety and depression that will not have damaging side effects on your health.
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