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Informative Presentation - Overcoming Social Anxiety

This presentation will describe social anxiety disorder List some of the triggers for social anxietyDiscuss some of the signs and symptoms of social anxietylist some treatments of social anxiety

Constance McMillan

on 15 October 2012

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Transcript of Informative Presentation - Overcoming Social Anxiety

Breaking out of your SHELL IN CONCLUSION Social anxiety, or social phobia, is more than just shyness or occasional nerves. It is an intense fear of certain social situations- especially situations that are unfamiliar or in which you feel you’ll be watched or evaluated by others. These situations may be so frightening that you get anxious just thinking about them or go to great lengths just to avoid them(Smith,2010), 1. Triggers of Social Anxiety Disorder
meeting new people
being the center of attention
public speaking
being called on in class
talking with authority figures Overcoming Social Anxiety Disorder Oh my God! I can’t believe they’re making me do this! I feel like I’m going to throw up! I should have just stayed home! Why is everybody staring at me? A. Many people get nervous or self-conscious on occasion; for some the anxiety can get so intense that you avoid situations that can trigger it.
B. Avoidance can prevent you from doing things you’d like to do or even reaching certain goals.
C. Together we will look at some common triggers, some symptoms, and some ways to overcome social anxiety disorder/social phobia. 1. Many people are very afraid of speaking in front of a crowd. I have seen some run out of the room, cry, and even faint. Some exhibit fear when interviewing for a job.
2. While you may feel like you’re the only person with this problem, social anxiety or social phobia is actually quite common. Many people struggle with these fears.
3. While it may seem like there’s nothing you can do about the symptoms of social anxiety disorder or social phobia, in reality, there are many things that can help. It starts with understanding the problem(Smith, 2010). The most common specific social phobia is fear of public speaking or performing in front of an audience 3. Symptoms of Social Anxiety Disorder
a. Emotional symptoms: 1. Excessive self-consciousness and anxiety in everyday social situations
2. Intense worry for days, weeks, or even months before an upcoming
social situation

b. Physical symptoms: 1. Shortness of breath
2. Upset stomach, nausea (i.e. butterflies)
3. Trembling or shaking (including shaky voice)

c. Behavioral symptoms: 1. Avoiding social situations to a degree that limits your activities or disrupts your live
2. Drinking before social situations in order to soothe your nerves 3. Ways to overcome Social Anxiety Disorder
1. Challenge negative thoughts - identify the negative thought; analyze it and replace it with something positive and uplifting about the social situation.
2. Learn to control your breathing - taking deep breaths in through your mouth, hold for 4 seconds; and exhaling slowly through your nose, count 6 seconds.
3. Face your fears - it is one of the most helpful things you can do to overcome social anxiety disorder. Avoidance can prevent you from doing things you'd like to do or reaching certain goals. The key to overcoming social anxiety is to start with a situation that you can handle and gradually work your way up to more challenging situations; all the while building your confidence and coping skills as you move up the "ANXIETY LADDER" These were just a few enlightening insights I found regarding identifying and coping with social anxiety disorder/social phobia There are many more tips and treatments that you can use to help you deal with this disorder. A few of the more important tips I have spoken about today. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
A. Don't try to face your biggest fears right away- it's never a good idea to move too fast or take on too much at one time.
B. Be patient-overcoming social anxiety takes time, practice, and patience-it's a step by step process.
C. Use the skills you've learned today. Stay calm, focus on your breathing, and challenge negative thoughts.
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