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Social Anxiety

By Shannon Pierce

Social Anxiety

Social anxiety can also be referred to as a social phobia. It is when someone has an unreasonable fear of social situations. Their intense nervousness and self-consciousness arises when they feel they are being closely watched, judged or criticized by others.

Symptoms

Distorted thoughts, false beliefs about social situations, and negative opinions of others are all symptoms of social anxiety.  A person with social anxiety may withdraw from their daily routine, or have trouble dealing with their daily routine.  Physical symptoms include confusion, pounding heart, shaking, sweating, blushing, muscle tension, and upset stomach.

Causes

Anxiety disorders are commonly inherited, however much of the disorder can be from learned behavior as well.  For instance, if a child watched their parents behaving anxiously around others, they may act the same way. The amygdala, in the brain, may also effect the control of fear. If someone has an overactive amygdala, they may be more fearful, which causes more anxiety in various situations. 

Diagnosis

To determine if you have a social anxiety disorder, you will want to consult a mental health doctor.  The doctor will do a physical, ask you some questions about your symptoms, and they may have you fill out a list of questions to further pinpoint the issue. Many doctors use the “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders” criteria to diagnose mental conditions. The doctors may have you fill out a questionnaire or multiple choice test to rate your feelings and symptoms. Based on your answers they can determine the severity and the exact type of anxiety you are dealing with.

 

Treatments and drugs

Social anxiety disorder is commonly treated simultaneously with medications and psychotherapy. Counseling, or therapy can help individuals gain confidence and reduce negative thoughts in social situations.  Sometimes, patients can work towards facing their fears by practicing their coping skills.  Role-playing or skills training can also help with gaining comfort in real situations.

Medications include, serotonin reuptake inhibitors such as Paroxetine or Sertaline, also known as Paxil and Zoloft. For many of these medications, the doctor will prescribe a small dose and gradually work the patient towards a higher dose. It is also essential for the patient to consistently take the medicine, because it may take weeks or months until the body absorbs the medicine and symptoms improve. Some medicines are prescribed for short-term, quick relief for the patient such as benzodiazepines, and beta-blockers.


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