Social Anxiety

Posted by Tamara alzayat on

I wanted to shine some light on this matter because it is a disorder people often confuse with shyness or nervousness.
Social Anxiety is a disorder also known as social phobia characterized by a STRONG fear of being judged by others and feeling embarrassed.
Suma Chand, Ph.D., director of the cognitive behavior therapy program says that people with social anxiety tend to imagine others are superior to them and critical of them and feel they need to behave perfectly in social situations because of it. But they also have a longing for acceptance, and the fear of others' judgment can keep them from finding it.
Social anxiety disorder consists of much more than the shyness or nervousness many people feel regarding normal social engagements, such as going on a first date or giving a presentation (“stage fright”).
The disorder usually starts at the age of 13 and the causes include but are not limited to abuse, genetics, traumatic events, brain structure, and family history.
Being aware of yourself socially is very important, but being super fearful about it is when it gets categorized under a disorder when it hinders your performance and starts causing you physical symptoms like feeling light-headed and anxiousness, that is when you know it is time to seek the help of a therapist.

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