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Transcript of Social Anxiety
What is social anxiety?
Social anxiety is a form of anxiety. This is the fear of interaction with other people that brings negative thoughts about oneself or a situation. Self consciousness is a big issue as well as unwanted feelings of being negatively judged. Social anxiety leads to avoidance of social interactions. This makes people with social anxiety very hard to make friends or keep any relationship with others. Social anxiety involves avoiding many situations which can lead to having a difficult life.
Is it really a big deal?
Social anxiety is a big deal in the United States. This is the third largest mental health issue. Social anxiety is very common in every day people. Not only does the United States suffer from this mental illness but people all over the world suffer from social anxiety as well.
Situations when emotional distress is experienced.
Being introduced to people.
Being teased or criticized.
Being the center of attention.
Being looked at while doing something such as presenting.
Meeting "important people" as in the principal or your future boss.
Social encounters with new people.
Going around a circle and having to say something.
Interpersonal relationships, with friendships or even a romantic relationship with a significant other.
Being in a new social environment.
Psychological signs of social anxiety
Treatments and getting help for social anxiety
Visiting a therapist can be a way to help social anxiety.
Talking to someone trusted who understands your social fears.
Participate in a social anxiety therapy group if possible.
Psychological counseling is a great way to overcome social anxiety mostly if the person does not want to take medication or cannot.
Medication such as antidepressants can be used to reduce related anxiety.
Other medication used to relief or reduce social anxiety are monoamine oxidase inhibitors, benzodiazepines, and beta-blockers that treat physical symptoms such as a rapid heart rate or trembling.
To get treated correctly regular doctor visits and psychological counseling is needed.
By: Elizabeth Barajas
Turning red or blushing
Dry throat and lips
Trembling in fear
Difficulty in swallowing
Muscle twitching usually around the face and neck
Nausea, upset stomach, dizziness, and light headed .
What social anxiety looks and feels like...
Richards, T. A. (n.d.). What is Social Anxiety? Retrieved from Social Anxiety Institute: https://socialanxietyinstitute.org/what-is-social-anxiety
WebMD. (n.d.). Social Anxiety Disorder - Treatment Overview. Retrieved from WebMD: https://www.webmd.com/anxiety-panic/tc/social-anxiety-disorder-treatment-overview#2
WebMD. (n.d.). What Is Social Anxiety Disorder? Retrieved from WebMD: https://www.webmd.com/anxiety-panic/guide/mental-health-social-anxiety-disorder#2
The causes of social anxiety
If a family member has social anxiety, most likely another family member will deal with this as well. There is not a specific thing that actually really causes it. But it is predicted and said to deal with a part of the brain called the amygdala that controls fear response. Social anxiety typically comes around the age of thirteen. The cause of social anxiety could be linked to previous abuse, teasing, or bullying. Most commonly shy children usually deal with social anxiety.
Effects of social anxiety
Negative thoughts about oneself or situations
Sensitivity to criticism
Poor social skills and relationships