- Psychological Issues
The fifth, and what may appear to be a soft diagnosis, is Social Phobia (social anxiety disorder). In contrast to “posttraumatic stress disorder,” “obsessive-compulsive disorder” and “panic disorder” this diagnosis may seem to be lighter than the rest.
Please don’t be fooled by names or the sound of names or even the fact that many of the others have achieved more press time. Social phobia is a very real threat to the quality of life for many individuals.
What is social anxiety disorder? Glad you asked. Following is a list of life areas impacted by social anxiety:
Next is a general physical symptom list of the physical signs of social anxiety:
These are a few of the symptoms of social anxiety as experienced in life areas and physically. Many folks have social anxiety but do not realize that this is what they struggle with. Oftentimes thinking about or engaging in any of the activities listed above will induce anxiety.
The real danger with this disorder is that it can subtly grow into a monster. Left unattended, social anxiety can reshape the life that you should be living into one that is centered around avoidance of anxiety. Some of you are aware that you have anxiety and fight with it constantly. Many others are not aware of anxiety as the culprit, even though it’s impacting all these life areas. That’s powerful!
Ongoing social anxiety can result in developing a pattern of avoidance, whereby you begin putting off many of life’s activities. Too often, you have only the best of excuses, but if you suffer from social anxiety, it’s really anxiety driving your life’s bus.
There are many keys in the overcoming of anxiety. At the top is bolstering your self-confidence. Ironically enough, the more withdrawn you become while feeling anxious and avoiding activities, the stronger the social anxiety becomes.
A FEW KEY AREAS TO TARGET IN OVERCOMING SOCIAL ANXIETY:
This is your life! If you find yourself angry over being anxious, that’s GOOD — but only if you direct your anger at anxiety and allow it to become an energizer in your efforts to reclaim your life.
Dave Turo-Shields, ACSW, LCSW is an author, university faculty member, success coach and veteran psychotherapist whose passion is guiding others to their own success in life. For weekly doses of the webs HOTTEST success tips, sign up for Dave’s powerful “Feeling Great!” ezine at http://www.Overcoming-Depression.com