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Social Anxiety Disorder: Symptoms, Causes, Treatment, Coping

Social Anxiety Disorder (Social Phobia) Social Anxiety Disorder ( SAD ), which is also referred to as Social Phobia , is a disorder that causes a person to feel intense fear in social situations that involve interaction with other people, or in public performances, such as public speaking. People with social anxiety often fear that they are being watched, judged, and evaluated by other people. It is often confused with shyness or low self-esteem. According to the Social Anxiety Association, Social Anxiety Disorder is the third largest psychological problem in the world today. [Ref.  ILLINOIS LIBRARY ] The fear that people with social anxiety experience is brought on by many different types of social situations, including speaking in public, speaking to strangers or meeting new people, using public restrooms, speaking on the telephone, eating, drinking, or writing in public, attending parties or large gatherings, talking to authority figures, talking to co-workers, shopping, communi

3 Fear Busting Self Help Strategies for Social Anxiety

Social Anxiety In modern society, it can often be challenging to cope with a variety of situations, and social anxiety is an increasingly common issue that often starts in the teenage years. There is so much pressure on people that it’s no surprise that many of us actually do develop a fear of social situations. This problem usually gets easier in later life as we become more experienced, but for some, it doesn’t, and this can have a profound impact on mental health and well-being. Social anxiety is more than simply being shy in the company. It can be a dread of everyday activities such as meeting people, constant worry about getting things wrong, and often shows in symptoms such as being physically sick when faced with social situations. With  social anxiety disorder (a.k.a social phobia) you desperately want to avoid any situation that would lead to judgment and embarrassment. Plus, you're worried that you'll be found lacking. The fear of being judged is so intense that yo

Phobia - a kind of anxiety disorder

Phobia What is phobia? Phobia is a kind of anxiety disorder where the sufferer has a permanent dread of a given situation, creature or place. A phobia is an abnormal fear which is attached to a particular event. For example, David, developed a phobic response to snakes, after being cornered in the bathroom one time when he was a teenager. David is now 32 years old and still “runs a mile” when he sees snakes – even at the zoo. He, like all sufferers, has an overwhelming desire to keep away from anything that remotely reminds him of snakes, and he chooses not to go to garden or go on holidays in the country because of it. Phobic individuals will do anything to avoid their particular perceived source of danger, which, is greater in their own minds, than what is there in reality. Sufferers, will experience great distress, when confronted by their “danger” and it can interfere with normal life… quite severely if not taken control of. Anyone who suffers from phobias has a hard tim

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Post-traumatic stress disorder ( PTSD ) is an anxiety disorder  that can develop after one is exposed to one or more terrifying events that threaten or caused grave physical harm. It is also a severe and ongoing emotional reaction to an extreme psychological trauma. PTSD has far reaching effects to a wider population than most people would like to think. Although prevalent with the men and women in uniform who are deployed in battlegrounds, PTSD affects a whole lot of other individuals ranging from kids to the elderly. The aftermath of a disaster, whether natural or man-made, can have traumatic results on anyone who directly experiences it or even to anyone who is a witness. People suffering from PTSD have witnessed or experienced a traumatic event - physical or sexual assault, torture, war, a plane crash, or a natural disaster. This can also affect rescue workers working at the site of mass casualties. These events can cause fear, horror, and

Adjustment Disorder

Adjustment Disorder Life is stressful. Many of these stressors are obvious and easy to identify - death (of spouse, loved one or friend), divorce, marital separation, jail term, personal injury or illness, being fired or other problems in career/occupation, legal or financial trouble, family conflict, etc. But there are many less obvious stressors we encounter every day that have smoothly and surreptitiously integrated themselves into our regular daily routine. Some of these feel so normal that they are practically invisible. Commitments (towards job/profession, to our children, spouses, our home, community, and more…) Procrastination – postponing stuffs to pile up stresses us out Disorganization – visual clutter making it difficult to find stuff we need stresses us out Being late – then having to rush to get ready, rush to get there - always stresses us out Exerting control over our environment - is a sure way to get stressed out Multitasking – actuality slows us down from actually fo

How to Overcome Shyness: Steps with Tips

Have you ever experienced a situation when you were afraid or uncomfortable around the people surrounding you? Have you ever been hesitant to speak to someone or even speak up for yourself because you were afraid that you would say or do the wrong thing? Does your palms get sweaty, heart start pounding, or you get a sick feeling in the pit of your stomach when you have to be in the spotlight even for a few minutes? If the answer is yes, then you have experienced shyness at some point in your life, as most people have. No matter how shy you are, the good thing is you can always conquer it. There are many ways to overcome shyness, and while it may take some practice, it is really not all that difficult to conquer. This article on  how to overcome shyness  will help you to finally go out of your nutshell, shook away shyness, and become a better person. Everyone of us experiences diffidence at one point or another in life. There are people who are hesitant to talk in front of a crowd, ther

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How to Deal With the Depression: Basics and Beyond

How to Deal With the Depression It is common to feel sad or blue when dealing with a specific stress, trauma, or a challenging situation, but depression is a much deeper issue. Even when symptoms are minor, this condition is serious. Unfortunately, many people have committed suicide or even homicide because of not getting the care needed. In this article we tried to provide all the required information so you can learn about the truths of mental depression and discover how to deal with the depression . Of all mental health conditions that people face, depression is among those suffered the most, affecting the lives of millions of people all over the world. In fact, globally, more than 264 million people of all ages suffer from depression. ( ref.: WHO Fact sheets on Depression ). And, since the pandemic, percentage of people experiencing depression (and anxiety) symptoms had a manifold rise. Depression affects not only the mind and behaviors, but also physical health, performance, and

Panic Attack and Panic Disorder

Panic Attack and Panic Disorder Panic Attack A panic attack is a sudden or intense anxiety or fear. Panic attacks usually come with the following symptoms: dizziness, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, light headedness. Panic attacks are unpredictable and happen in a range of situations.     See also: Anxiety Attack Some people have only one or two in their lifetime, others will have a group of them which center around increasing stress in their life and for others it could be a daily event in which case it is caused a panic disorder. People who suffer on going panic attacks will generally develop a fear of having panic attacks and go on to avoid situations in which escape would be difficult. Some people who have social anxiety disorder often have panic attacks as part of their symptoms. These attacks are also called anxiety attacks and are usually resolved by removing the problem or trigger situation. What does panic attack feel like If you do have panic attacks y

Some Commonly Experienced Symptoms of Anxiety Disorders

Signs and Symptoms of Anxiety Disorders In this page we will discuss some of the anxiety disorder symptoms which are commonly experienced in generalized anxiety , post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and panic attacks . It is important to note, however, that anxiety is capable of creating hundreds of different anxiety disorder symptoms, so this is by no means an exclusive list. Shortness of breath / Shallow Breath, and Smothering Sensations : This is one of the most common anxiety disorder symptoms - it may feel as though you aren’t getting enough air into your lungs or as though someone is pressing up against your chest cavity and restricting your air intake. This is just a harmless sensation! Don’t worry about it or be concerned that you aren’t breathing properly because you are! If you weren’t breathing properly you would be unconscious. As with all anxiety disorder symptoms, don’t give these sensations any credit, they will go away. FAQ :