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Understanding Social Anxiety Disorder: Symptoms and Solutions

Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) is a mental health condition which affects many people. It is not a condition of shyness but rather an overwhelming fear of being judged, criticized, or embarrassed in social settings. SAD affects approximately 15 million American adults and is the second most commonly diagnosed anxiety disorder following specific phobia. Due to its prevalence, it is important to be aware of the symptoms of SAD, the impact it can have on one’s life and how to treat it.

 

Symptoms of Social Anxiety Disorder & Their Impact

Persons suffering from Social Anxiety Disorder may experience heart palpitations when in social situations. They may also experience excessive sweating and trembling or shaking when feeling nervous in a social situation. A pervasive fear of dread, overwhelming feelings of self-consciousness and excessive worry plague individuals with SAD. This can make them go to great lengths to avoid social situations. They also have difficulty speaking in public and making eye contact.

These physical, emotional and behavioral symptoms can impact your personal and professional life. You may have difficulty making friends and building relationships. You may also experience loneliness and isolation, which decreases your quality of life. In your professional life, you may avoid networking and public speaking opportunities. In addition, fear of social judgment in the workplace can lead to increased stress and reduced job satisfaction. The fear and avoidance can drastically limit your career opportunities.

 

Strategies to Manage Social Anxiety

Mindfulness and relaxation techniques are strategies that can be implemented immediately to reduce stress and tension. Deep breathing techniques, such as box breathing, calm the body’s stress response. Progressive muscle relaxation, which involves tensing and then relaxing different muscle groups, aids in physical and mental relaxation.

Challenging negative thoughts requires effort but can help reduce the perception of threats. Challenging these negative or irrational thoughts about social situations and viewing social interactions as opportunities for growth rather than threats can help reduce anxious thinking.

Confiding with trusted family and friends can help you to cope with your social anxiety. Seeking support from support groups can be liberating. Learning of others’ experiences helps you relate and develop new skills.

Adjusting your daily routine can help with anxiety. Regular physical activity can reduce physical and mental tension. Just fifteen minutes of walking or running can significantly alleviate stress. Eating nutrient-rich foods, such as fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins, can help stabilize your mood and energy levels. Preparing meals ahead of time can help you maintain a healthy diet. A consistent sleep schedule and comfortable sleeping environment are essential for coping with everyday stressors.Seeking pro

fessional help from a trained mental health therapist can help you manage your anxiety. They can equip you with the essential techniques and guidance to manage your condition efficiently.

 

Professional Support for Your Social Anxiety

Living with social anxiety can feel like a lonely journey, but you don’t have to do it alone.

At Coping Resource Center, we help you navigate life with confidence. Our goal is to provide you with the support and tools you need to create meaningful change in your life!

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