How To Live With Social Anxiety Disorder

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How Social Anxiety Wreaks Havoc On Your Life By Lori English

  It is normal to feel nervous from time to time. If you are going on a date, or giving a presentation.  Social Anxiety Disorder can be very painful for someone who is diagnosed because they are trying to hide inside themselves from others and avoid almost everything because of anxiety. 


What Is Social Anxiety Disorder

Social Anxiety Disorders is a chronic mental health condition that needs treatment such as counseling, medication, and learning coping skills.  People who are diagnosed usually display a certain range of symptoms that are unique, however, they differ from severity.  

People diagnosed with social anxiety disorder feel as if they are alone, but there are 15 million others that are diagnosed with social anxiety disorder. 

The Diagnostic Statistical Manual Of Mental Disorders, ( DSM- V) defines social anxiety disorder as a persistent fear of one or more social situations which is persistence and the individual fears that he/she will show symptoms of anxiety.


Symptoms Of Social Anxiety Disorder

Physical symptoms of social anxiety disorder include:

  1. Blushing , trembling, and rapid heartbeat.
  2. Feel or sick to stomach or nauseous. 
  3. Feeling shaky and dizziness
  4. Fear of Passing out.
  5. Feeling Sweaty or Cold

Avoiding social situations:

  1. Using a Public Restroom.
  2. Interacting with strangers.
  3. Making Eye Contact.
  4. Dating.
  5. Attending parties or social gatherings.
  6. Entering a room where everyone is seated.

The symptoms of social Anxiety disorder can fluctuate daily from minimal to very intense symptoms that are hard to contain. Knowing what specific types of symptomology is discussed with a trained profession and perhaps a psychiatrist. 



Living With Social Anxiety Disorder

What is it Like to Live with Social Anxiety Disorder ?

A woman walks down the street and she passes a person and begins to feel anxious if the other person is looking at her, he says hello and she nods her head . She is making sure not to have too much eye contact and quickly walks past feeling sweaty, shaky, and even dizziness.



 Social Anxiety disorder symptoms can mimic anxiety disorder, but there are certain ways to utilize tools that can help mental health clinicians make a proper diagnosis.

Social Anxiety disorder is associated with a greater empathy for others when others where hurt or in danger. People who are diagnosed were less likely to judge others. 

According to "American Depression And Anxiety Organization," ( ADAA),  there are are 15 million suffering from social anxiety disorder. The number of people who have social anxiety is staggering, but not everyone seeks treatment due to be embarrassed. 


Treatment for Social Anxiety Disorder

The treatment for social anxiety disorder is advanced and their are different types pf therapy that will be discussed with a clinician and doctor to have the best chance of minimizing Anxiety and living a full life.

Psycho-education is used to help the client find resources that can help in becoming proactive in his own treatment.

One of the treatments which has improved anxiety is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), it is used with conjunction with medication to help gain the confidence in social situations that were once a phobia. It is a short -term goal orientated type of therapy that is used to help the client recolonize thoughts and patterns.

In cognitive therapy the clinician or therapist is able to discuss what a person thought was happening and then give them other options and see things differently. Treatment is based on how a person is feeling and how long were diagnosed. 

Future Findings

There are many ways that treatment is targeted to the specific social anxiety disorder and the anxiety disorders in general. In the last decade major changes have taken place to ensure that treatment is modified and available to everyone that needs it. Being proactive in your own recovery is very important, and educating others about anxiety disorders can stop the stigma that goes along with it. 


Disclaimer: If you or something that you know has anxiety Reach out to a Mental Health counselor or doctor . This article in now way represents treatment if you are feeling anxious or depressed contact a mental health clinician.



I am a Social Worker who works to help others improve their Anxiety And depression. I work with many people and use many techniques that are combined with practical tips to decrease anxiety and increase self -esteem.

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