Social Anxiety Disorder


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Meeting new people can be a nerve wracking experience for some people and can be a nightmare for people suffering from Social Anxiety Disorder.

Dreading celebrations, shying away from conversation and avoiding social situations all together is part of the suffering associated with Social Anxiety Disorder. The holidays are an especially hard time for people who feel uneasy and insecure in social situations. Attending office parties, family gatherings and other social events can cause one suffering with Social Anxiety Disorder to feel miserable and insecure.

There are two types of social disorders. Performance Anxiety is often associated with public speaking and generally performing in public. Generalized social anxiety is the extreme of the two and affects a person’s every day life. Simple social gatherings, meeting new people and even going shopping or out to dinner can cause extreme anxiety. Symptoms of this disorder include sweating, a racing heart, and nausea.

According to The Myrtle Beach Sun News, approximately 12 per cent of adults in the United States experience some form of social anxiety. Many social disorders begin in adolescence and may have arisen after a humiliating experience.

While many people feel there is no cure, the good news is that there are treatments available to help ease the negative feelings associated with social anxiety.

Psychotherapy is a common and healthy treatment, helping patients get over the hurdles of negative thinking by talking about experiences and facing fears. Finding a qualified therapist is important and can be found by contacting the Anxiety Disorders of America

Another option to treat social anxiety disorder is medication. Doctors may prescribe benzodiazepine to quickly ease feelings of anxiety or a serotonin reuptake inhibitor. Medication can prove to be very effective, especially if taken with psychotherapy.

People with social anxiety should also avoid alcohol, large amounts of caffeine, and should get plenty of sleep and exercise. Exercise promotes a healthy body image and is an excellent way to reduce stress.

People with Social Anxiety Disorder do not have to live with their insecurities and fear of meeting new people. There are treatments and techniques available to make a person’s quality of life much more fulfilling.

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  • Annie Margaret

    Hey everyone, im new here!, my name is cheyanne but call me annie, im 18 & have suffered from SAD for 2 years now. I cant leave my home, i had to try to finish my schooling online, my family & friends are being affected & im newly engaged & my fiance is even being affected. i dont know if they understand what im going through, i dont expect them to i suppose as i dont even understand. Basically my world is falling apart, my mind isnt strong enough to try to beat this as depression & anxiety has beaten me since a very young age & as an early teen panic disorder & ptsd came into play so im finding my self beaten down, im to ashamed to get help many say mental health isnt a thing?, im not sure it is but im suffering alot & no matter how positive i am or how hard i try im beaten down everytime & starting to not want to get back up. Its effecting myself & everyone i know my world is falling apart. i dont know what to do. :'(

  • Elma Nowlin

    Never believe that social anxiety can
    be cured, because it can. All you need is a proper guideline by experts. My son
    was extremely shy and panic around people and we were unable to send him
    school. We got him treated and now he is doing great. Don’t waste your life or
    your child life.

  • Annie Margaret

    can you advice any treatments?

  • davidnr

    Hi, my name is David, I am 31, and I am originally from Brazil. I developed SAD after moving to London, for work. I developed SAD, and subsequently I suffered from Psychosis. I have now recovered from the Psychosis, but my Social Anxiety is still there. I am depressed because my dream was to work abroad, and raise a family. I am now unemployed and deep into my SAD. It's tough to live each day after beggining to materialise my original dream, and then having to give it up because of health issues. Now, if I am to be happy again, I need to find new downgraded dreams, and chase them.

  • bo_diddley27014

    Hey everyone, I am Rick, 53 y/o with Atypical Depression, and have been depressed nearly for life, also with SAD. On different meds, just lost 13 yr career. Glad I found this site thru an article in paper a couple weeks ago. Hope we all can help one another. I have trouble copeing. Mitch & jtd, I feel just to overwhelmed and avoid attending anything and I find little hope to. Jim are you feeling confortable? I can see your delima for your search here........ if just curiousity. Good luck

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