Social Phobia - social anxiety disorder

Social Phobia - social anxiety disorder

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Social phobia is manifested in fear of different social situations in which need to communicate with society, with other people. This interaction is usually still lower lowers the level of self-esteem, thus causing a feeling of worthlessness, and leads to a strong self-abasement.

Social phobia sensitive to criticism from other people, they always think that people their estimate very low and show contempt for their personality that leads to a variety of complexes in the first place there is an inferiority complex, which sooner or later, if time does not take the measures will lead to depression.

The specific social phobia is the fear of performing in front of others people, but in general a social anxiety in the generalized sense manifests itself in fear, anxiety, excessive nervousness in most social situations.

People with social anxiety, which suffer from social phobia are experiencing significant emotional distress in the following situations:

  • At acquaintance with others;
  • If their someone will tease and criticize;
  • Being in the spotlight;
  • If someone is watching how they are doing something;
  • Meeting with people who have power;
  • Social contacts, especially with strangers or unfamiliar people;
  • Conversations at parties, at work.

This list is, of course, does not fully describe the symptoms of social phobia, there are other negative feelings and emotions that are somehow associated with social anxiety.

Physiological manifestations that accompany social anxiety are:

  • A strong fear;
  • Heart palpitations;
  • Facial flushing;
  • Dryness in the throat and mouth;
  • Difficulty swallowing;
  • Tremor (trembling hands, head and twitching facial muscles);
  • Sweating hands.

People suffering from social phobia, know that this concern is not normal, refer to all their worries with a full criticality. Some manage to defeat this attack on their own, but it takes a lot of time, and is needed here, tremendous will power, so we recommend that people suffering from social phobia still turn to professional psychologists.

Unfortunately, the methods which are effective in other forms of anxiety, in the case of social phobia are completely useless. Thus, drugs, hypnosis and other methods are unlikely to help recover, while group therapy sessions allow to get rid the manifestations of fear in a relatively short period of time.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy is applied by therapists - is quite successful method of eliminating social anxiety. There were cases when, after the use of such therapy the people with social disorders just "bloomed" and radically changed his life. Cognitive-behavioral therapy has helped them to eliminate this problem and overcome fears and anxieties that had previously interfered with normal life.

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