Social Anxiety. We all generally have an idea about what social anxiety means, but actually suffering from it can be quite isolating.
Social Anxiety according to Psych Central, also known as social phobia, is an intense fear of becoming extremely anxious and possibly humiliated in social situations — specifically of embarrassing yourself in front of other people.
Have you ever been to a gathering, only to say something or do something that you were totally embarrassed by? To most of us, we acknowledge the embarrassment, and can usually let it go after a day or two. When you suffer from social anxiety however, the person will feel an overwhelming sense of embarrassment, and go over and over the incident in their mind for weeks.
What does Social Anxiety look like?
There can be a broad range of anxieties related to social situations. A fear of public speaking can be common, or meeting new people. Sometimes these fears can become extreme, such as a fear of eating in front of others, using a public restroom, or blushing in the presence of others.
Like other forms of anxiety, it can be very isolating and detrimental to the persons life. A person might avoid social situations all together. They might have difficulty speaking up at work, or going to a coworker or boss with a problem or concern. They usually decline offers of social situations, and feel an intense amount of pressure when asked to interact with others.
How does Social Anxiety look from the outside?
When perceived from the outside, a person with social anxiety can seem very shy, withdrawn, awkward, nervous, or disinterested. This is not usually the case. Usually a person who has this type of anxiety wants to be involved, to go to social events, or participate in conversations but their extreme anxiety prevents them from doing what they really want. Most of the time a person will understand that their fears are not based on facts or rationality, but cannot seem to control these obsessive, obtrusive, and anxious thoughts.
Social Anxiety can be treated with therapy and sometimes with medications if necessary. If you or a loved one are suffering from any type of anxiety, and would like to come in and see one of our wonderful Therapists, please give us a call at 480-999-7070 and we’ll be happy to help!