Can social phobia be cured?
Yes. With the help of modern treatment, it is possible.
What does social anxiety feel like?
Panic attacks like symptoms, as mentioned below.
How does one get social anxiety?
There are a few situations where one can feel anxiety as mentioned below.
It’s very common to feel nervous and tense in life but sometimes it starts affecting a person’s day to day activities severely, and that’s when it requires attention. Social anxiety is also known as social phobia, it is a mental condition where a person feels intense and persistent fear of being judged, scrutinized, or watched by others in a social situation, gathering, speaking, or during a performance.
Almost 7-8% of the population is affected by a social anxiety disorder, still unrecognized. In adolescents, its effects are more commonly seen. Moreover, females are more vulnerable than males.
Common situations that trigger social anxiety.
Everyone has their own unique experiences. If a person has problems with a situation, he or she may suffer the same in other similar situations as well. Some common situations include dictation in a classroom, seminars, public speaking or stage performance, talking to headteacher or principal, boss, seniors, or a person with an authority figure, strangers. They also feel nervous in dating, problems in making eye to eye contact. Going to parties, or using public restrooms becomes difficult for them.
What social anxiety feels like? Common symptoms of social anxiety.
Socially anxious people experience rapid heart rate, hand tremors and tremulousness in the body, sweating, dryness of throat and mouth, shortness of breath, difficulty to speak, shaky voice, stammering, or using paralinguistic communication, and even running away from the situation. Dizziness, muscular tension, butterfly in the stomach, frequent urination are other common symptoms of social anxiety.
Apart from above-mentioned symptoms they also have a persistent fear of situations in which he or she may be judged, constant worry about embarrassing or humiliating themselves in front of others, intense fear of interacting or talking to strangers or higher authority, avoiding things, situations or people where they feel being the centre of attention, anticipatory anxiety, discuss and remain preoccupied with the situation rather than the content of the subject.
Consequences, if remain untreated.
Social anxiety generally remains untreated for a long time as people aren’t able to acknowledge the problem at a personal level and have poor knowledge about the treatment available. People, who suffer, lag in their social, personal and professional life. If untreated, it may lead to:
- Low confidence
- Poor social skills & interaction
- Isolation (limited friends)
- Low self-esteem
- Poor performance & achievement in school, work or profession
- Few people leave jobs where public speaking is necessary
- Hypersensitivity to criticism (hold grudges)
- Even with the presence of talent, they can’t perform
- Even leads to depression and suicidal attempts
- Substance abuse is commonly seen in such cases
How UDGAM will help in treatment?
The fear that people with social anxiety disorder have in social situations is so strong that they feel it is beyond their ability to control. Now, be strong, have faith in modern treatment, and don’t let fear stop you to reach your potential. Treatment can help you overcome these symptoms and all your personal, social, and professional difficulties.
To help diagnose or treat social anxiety and rule out other conditions, UDGAM offers a detailed psychological evaluation with an in-depth history and mental status examination. The two main treatments for this anxiety are psychotherapy and medications. You’ll benefit most from a combination of the two.
Commonly used medicines that are helpful to treat social anxiety disorder:
- Anti-anxiety medications
Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is useful for treating social anxiety disorder. CBT helps you in different ways of thinking, behaving, and reacting (systematic sensitization, flooding are common techniques) to situations that help you feel less anxious and fearful. It can also help you learn and practice social skills.
Recommended lifestyle changes:
- Work on the trigger points of your symptoms
- Apply learned techniques from your therapist
- Stay physically active and stay regularly
- Get adequate sleep
- Keep a healthy and balanced diet
- Limit or avoid alcohol and caffeine
- Participate in social situations by reaching out to people with whom you feel comfortable