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Social Anxiety Project

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By Abigail Ardoin Social Anxiety What causes social anxiety, what are the symptoms, and what results from it? Facts about social anxiety. What is social anxiety? In reality, it is nearly impossible to confirm the reason someone has social anxiety, though the possibilities of it have been found. When you think about it though, it's actually not that hard to figure out.

One of the causes is one that comes to everyone's mind: bullying. Bullying and abuse are one of the major causes of social anxiety. After enough of this horrid treatment, the person begins to shut down, whether it be from peers or parents or just everything in general. Usually anything that has to do with being out in public.

Another of the causes is if you have physical or mental abnormalities, there is a higher chance you will develop social anxiety. Also, if you parents had it, the chances of you having it is much higher.

There are several symptoms of social anxiety, including avoiding social activities, becoming distant from other people, talking quietly, having trouble talking to other people, and often crying when put under great stress. Another common one is high paranoia that people are talking about them.

Some of the effects of social anxiety can be rather upsetting.The most common ones are depression, isolation, feelings of loneliness, loss of control, and, once escelated, self harm and suicide. What treatments are there for social anxiety? There are plenty of treatments for social anxiety: from medication to therapy to self-medication. There is no right one; it depends on the person in which one works best.

The first, and most common treatments of social anxiety, is self-medication. Self-medication is taking control of the condition yourself without the help of the professional. Some of the ways people self-medicate are drinking tea, meditating, and just taking time to calm down.

One of the other ways people get help with social anxiety is therapy. It's pretty self explanitory. They go to have someone to talk to.

And the last of the ways is medication. Now, the most common form of medication given is depression pills. It's not because the person is depressed, but rather depression pills are the most effective in giving energy, stopping anxiety related thoughts, and they have the fewest amount of serious side effects. > Over 15 million Americans are diagnosed with social anxiety disorder and there are millions more undiagnosed.

> Some of the most common thoughts of someone with social anxiety are, "They won't accept me." or "I don't belong here. Everyone hates me." or "No one understands me."

> People with anxiety often avoid others and avoid confrentation.

> Most of the time, people with social anxiety will appologize excessivley.

> Grooming excessivley and preparing excessivley are very common.

> Retreating to music is almost always something that occurs in social anxiety.

> Social anxiety is the third most common mental disorder in people under the age of eighteen only to eating disorders and depression. Basically, social anxiety is the fear of social situations and the interaction with other people that can automatically bring on feelings of inadequacy, inferiority, or self-conciousness. To simplify it, it can also be known as an extreme fear of being judged by others. People will often call social anxiety shyness, but they are two totally different things.

Social anxiety is different from regular anxiety in this way: social anxiety is the fear of being judged by other people, while regular anxiety is where you are afraid of nearly everything. Work cited. Richards, Thomas A., and Ph.D.. "What is Social Anxiety? | The Social Anxiety Institute." Social Anxiety Institute. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 May 2013. <http://www.socialanxietyinstitute.org/what-is-social-anxiety>.

"Social Anxiety Disorder and Social Phobia: Symptoms and Treatment." Social Anxiety Disorder and Social Phobia Support. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 May 2013. <http://www.socialanxietysupport.com/disorder/#what>.

"Anxiety and Depression Association of America, ADAA | Anxiety Disorders are real, serious, and treatable." Anxiety and Depression Association of America, ADAA | Anxiety Disorders are real, serious, and treatable. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 May 2013. <http://www.adaa.org/>.

"Google." Google. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 May 2013. <http://www.google.com/>.

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