Do you feel nervous or anxious when faced in a social situation? Are you avoiding social contact because you are uncomfortable? The feeling is more than shyness, right?
If your answer is YES, there is a big possibility that you have developed social anxiety disorder!
If you are in Perth, check out how Energetics Institute can help in social anxiety treatment.
Social anxiety or social phobia is a common mental disorder that affects people of all ages. Sometimes, it can be hard to differentiate with shyness or social silence. People with social phobia may be unaware of the condition. Talking to a doctor can help enlighten your mind about the condition.
Social anxiety disorder occurs in many situations, and people with such a condition may experience different types of body reactions such as sweating, nervousness, and trembling. Here are some of the everyday situations where people may suffer social anxiety from:
- Public speaking
- Using public toilets
- Starting a conversation
- Making eye contact
- Eating in front of other people
There are various reasons why people feel socially anxious such as the fear of being judged by others, accidentally offending someone, or being humiliated. Social anxiety reaction varies from person to person. Some may suffer from rapid heartbeat, muscle tension, and dizziness; while others have trouble breathing, stomach pain, diarrhea, and loss of sensation.
The treatment for social phobia depends on the severity of the symptoms and how well you function daily. The duration of treatment also varies as some people may require less medication and therapy while others need extensive treatment. However, with appropriate treatment and medication, social anxiety can be cured.
Here some therapy treatment that will work best for social anxiety:
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
There are three types of CBT techniques which are exposure, cognitive restructuring, and social skills training. Through exposure, you will learn to face situations and events that you would otherwise avoid. There will be a series of exercises that will allow you to challenge negative thoughts, reconstruct it to positive ones and master it until you learn its essence. Social skills training are also helpful in learning social behaviours and decrease anxiety.
With psychoanalysis, the sufferer will be able to understand underlying issues from childhood that leads to social anxiety, which is also useful for people with unresolved conflicts contributing to their anxiety.
At Energetics Institute, therapies can be done one on one, in a group, over the phone or in whatever set up that you are comfortable with. We offer various types of exercises where you have to face a social situation and make your way through it. With therapy and treatment, social phobia will be cured, and you will be able to live a healthy social life.
If social anxiety is left untreated, this could last a lifetime and may cost you to miss various opportunities that could have changed your life. Declining treatment for social anxiety will lead to chronic social dysfunction and unhealthy lifestyle. Chronic social phobia can also lead to complications such as depression, alcohol/drug abuse, and other mental conditions.
If you think that you have social phobia, you should seek treatment as soon as you can. Do not let the condition trap you in a life that you do not deserve or ruin your social situation. Therapy and medication can help you. There are also support groups who can assist in your recovery.
Help yourself. Get help now!
Invest in your mental health!
Live an anxiety-free life!
Call Energetics Institute for social anxiety treatment in Perth!