Let’s Talk Social Anxiety...
Written by Alyshia Hull
Many of us know the feeling of walking into a room and feeling nervous, uncomfortable or at times worried about the setting we are in. Maybe you feel this way during a speech, a job interview or a school presentation. However, if you have a social anxiety disorder, the stress of these situations or others might be elevated. But what is social anxiety and where does it come from?
First it can’t be defined in one way. Everyone is different and their experience with this disorder might vary. However, social anxiety is known for being a chronic mental illness which causes irrational fear due to social interaction.
Commonly those with this social phobia are known for various symptoms that disrupt the way they feel. This could include, excessive blushing, rapid speech, trembling, trouble breathing, palpitations, muscle tension and sweating. They might fear being judged by others, humiliation, uncomfortable when meeting new people, or entering crowded situations.
This disorder is oftentimes caused by the persons genetics, a traumatic life event, or growing up in a phobic environment. While you or someone you know might suffer from social anxiety there is help and treatment for those who need it.
For many treatments could include prescribed medication or therapy. While it has been proven to be beneficial, some have found ways to ease their anxiety at home. For those who would like to try this option, exercise and meditation are oftentimes recommended.
But how do you know which treatment is right for you?
The choice is individual. What works for you might not work for someone else, but knowing your options is a good place to start!
Therapy is known for giving patients the tools they need to fight anxiety. Oftentimes patients are able to get to the root of their disorder with professional help. This option can be beneficial as it helps challenge and replace negative thought patterns.
For those who struggle with debilitating anxiety medication might be prescribed. This is often known for providing patients with relief and effectively stopping anxiety when on the medication.
Exercise and meditation
Both of these options have the potential to improve one’s ability to cope with stress and negative thinking. It teaches healthier breathing and releases feel good- endorphins.
Above all, social anxiety is a common disorder where help can be provided. Those who struggle with anxiety are encouraged to seek guidance.
Written by Alyshia Hull