Well, for some reason yesterday (Thursday) images weren’t loading. So I tried again today. Here’s yesterday’s entry for Therapy Thursday.
Today I’m going to touch on the subject of social anxiety (also called social phobia). Social anxiety manifests itself differently in people, but there are a few classic signs that are usually present.
With social anxiety, there is an extreme fear of social situations and high levels of anxiety. Many feel self-conscious and even embarrassment because of the fear of judgement. These things can lead to disruptions in one’s life including work, school, and other activities. It’s important to remember that this is not normal levels of anxiety such as a job interview or just meeting new people for instance. Social phobia interferes with your whole life.
I, myself live with social anxiety, and the following do reflect a lot of what I deal with on a day to day basis. I have learned coping skills, however, and am on medication, so it has eased a bit, but it will never go away.
A few signs you or someone you know may be living with social phobia are:
- thinking you ight embarrass or humiliate yourself
- fear of judgement
- Avoiding things because of embarrassment fears
- Getting anxious before events
- Analyzing your behavior after a social ituation including things you might have done wrong, any obvious flaws, etc.
- Avoiding anything that may put you at the center of attention
- Expecting the worst possible outcome in any social situation
There are also physical symptoms that can occur, but that’s a whole other blog entry, as it deals with another disorder too.
Any comments or questions? Feel free!