What is Social Anxiety?
The situations above form part of everyday life, which is what can make this disorder so debilitating if you do not seek the help you need. The physical signs of Social Anxiety that can accompany these situations can include:
- A fast heartbeat
- A shaky voice
So, what causes Social Anxiety?
Social Anxiety is not always linked to one thing, and it doesn’t have to be a significant cause, as many factors can lead to an individual struggling with it, which is likely built up over time. However, it can be linked to a history of abuse, bullying, or teasing. Shy youngsters are also more likely to become socially anxious adults. Sometimes, a health condition that draws attention to your appearance or voice could also trigger Social Anxiety. It’s important to note that the exact cause of it is not fundamental in understanding it or moving forwards where Social Anxiety is no longer taking over your life.
Are you struggling with Social Anxiety?
It’s time to get help when:
- You experience Anxiety before social situations, and experience fear during the event
- You often have negative beliefs about yourself when you’re in social situations
- You worry excessively about how you come across to others
- You may avoid social situations altogether
- You have unrealistic expectations of how you should behave
- You are conscious and embarrassed about your physical symptoms of anxiety such as blushing or stuttering
- You ruminate on past social occasions and analyse your behaviour
CBT is the treatment of choice for those dealing with Social Anxiety disorder, as agreed by the Royal College of Psychiatrists, the NHS and the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).
By changing the way you think, behave and feel, you’ll learn to identify and manage the thoughts and feelings that are causing certain behaviours.
Social Anxiety amongst individuals is likely to be higher as a result of COVID-19, whether it be excessive worrying about returning to work, or about life after lockdown, CBT therapy can improve your quality of life.