Social anxiety disorder makes it very difficult to form typical friendships and romantic relationships, and heightens the difficulty of dealing with everyday life such as work, or even going out to buy food. Social anxiety is not limited to the moment of a social event, it is common for anxiety to start hours, days sometimes weeks before a social situation occurs. Often, sufferers will try to avoid social interactions entirely.
Symptoms of Social Anxiety Disorder
Like several other mental health disorders, physical symptoms are common such as:
- Upset stomach
These can all happen during common everyday encounters.
Mental symptoms may include:
- Anxiety when faced with a social situation
- Troubles with talking to other people
- Feeling self-conscious or embarrassed in front of other people
- A constant fear of being judged
- Worrying days, even weeks in advance of a social situation
- Actively avoiding public areas
- Struggling to make or keep in contact with friends
Treatment for Social Anxiety Disorder
Sadly, over 35% of people with social anxiety disorder have reported that they suffered from the disorder for more than 10 years before they sought professional help. Fearing social situations, it is understandable that someone with social anxiety disorder puts off setting up an appointment with a medical health professional.
It is common to treat social anxiety disorder in three ways,
Many professionals will mix treatments together, usually psychotherapy and medication or counseling and medication. This multi-faceted approach helps sufferers deal with not only the symptoms of their disorder but also the cause. If you feel that you are suffering from Social Anxiety Disorder, you may want to speak with a qualified Psychologist to know your treatment options.