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Social Phobia

Social Phobia or Social Anxiety Disorder - Symptoms, Treatment, Complications, Prevention, Therapy and How Dr Shri Niwash helps you to treat Social Anxiety in Jaipur, India

It is very common to feel nervous in a social situation. A social phobia paralyses fear of interacting with others and is also known as a social anxiety disorder.

It consists of much more than the nervousness or shyness that many people feel in common social situations, such as going on a first date or giving a presentation (“stage fright”).

Social anxiety disorder is a chronic mental health condition; people with this disorder may worry about acting or participating in social situations.

The person with social anxiety disorder often avoids social or performance situations, and when the situation cannot be avoided, they experience significant distress or anxiety.

People with social phobia also experience physical symptoms like a sudden increase in heartbeat, sweating, nausea, and more.

In social anxiety disorder, anxiety and fear lead to avoidance that can disturb your life. Severe stress can affect your daily routine, school, work, or other activities.

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  • Symptoms of social anxiety disorder

Feelings of discomfort or shyness in certain social situations aren't necessarily signs of social phobia. The following are some symptoms of social anxiety disorder.

  • 1. Emotional and behavioural symptoms emotional and behavioural symptoms of a social anxiety disorder include the following-
    • Expecting the worst possible consequences from a negative experience during a social situation

    • Worrying about embarrassing or humiliating yourself

    • Fear of situations in which you may be judged

    • Fear that others will notice that you look anxious

    • Avoiding doing things or speaking to people out of fear of embarrassment

    • Having anxiety in anticipation of a feared activity or event

    • Enduring a social situation with intense fear or anxiety

    • Intense fear of interacting or talking with strangers

    • Avoiding situations where you might be the centre of attention

    • Spending time after a social situation analysing your performance and identifying flaws in your social interactions

  • 2.Physical symptoms
  • The following are physical signs and symptoms of social anxiety disorder

    • Dizziness or lightheadedness

    • Worrying about embarrassing or humiliating yourself

    • Blushing

    • Sweating

    • Fast heartbeat

    • Trouble catching your breath

    • Feeling that your mind has gone blank

    • Muscle tension

    • Trembling

    • Upset stomach or nausea

  • Avoiding common social situations

If you suffer from a social anxiety disorder, you might also avoid some common social situations. The following are some common social situations that you may avoid if having a social phobia.

  • Emotional and behavioural symptoms emotional and behavioural symptoms of a social anxiety disorder include the following-
    • Starting conversations

    • Making eye contact

    • Returning items to a store

    • Using a public restroom

    • Entering a room in which people are already seated

    • Interacting with unfamiliar people or strangers

    • Going to work or school

    • Dating

    • Attending parties or social gatherings

    • Eating in front of others

    • The symptoms of social phobia can change over time Causes of Social anxiety disorder Like many other mental health conditions, social anxiety disorder likely arises from a complex interaction of environmental & biological factors.

      The following are the possible causes of social anxiety disorder

    • Social anxiety disorder can be caused because of genetics or inherited traits. You're more likely to develop a social phobia if your biological parents or siblings have the condition

    • If a person has an overactive amygdala (a structure in the brain that controls fear), that increases anxiety in social situations.

    • People may develop social anxiety disorder after an unpleasant or embarrassing social situation like sexual abuse, bullying, trauma, family conflict, and more.

  • Complications
  • Anxieties can interfere with school, work, relationships, or the enjoyment of life. Social anxiety disorder can cause the following-

    • Poor social skills

    • Trouble being assertive

    • Isolation and difficult social relationships

    • Low academic and employment achievement

    • Hypersensitivity to criticism

    • Depression

    • Negative self-talk

    • Low self-esteem

    • Substance abuse, such as drinking too much alcohol

    • Suicide or suicide attempts

  • Prevention
  • The following are the step one can take to prevent social anxiety disorder

    • Consult immediately with the doctor if suffering from severe symptoms of social anxiety disorder

    • Keep track of your personal life to help you and your mental health professional identify what's causing you stress and what seems to help you feel better.

    • You can reduce anxiety by carefully managing your time and energy. Do the thing that you enjoy the most.

    • Avoid using alcohol, drugs, or caffeine as that causes worsened anxiety and leads To social anxiety disorder.

    • Sleep well and take rest if not well

    • Take the sessions that boost confidence

    • Join the programs like public speaking, group discussion, and more

  • Coordinated speciality
    • A combination of medication and psychosocial therapy is used in this treatment. In addition, it includes education, employment counselling, and family integration. Treatment focuses on reducing symptoms, managing periods of high activity, and improving quality of life.

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    • Accept your diagnosis

    • Consult your doctor

    • Set and work towards life goals

    • Meditation

    • Take your medicines timely

    • Follow the advice by your doctor

  • Treatment for social anxiety disorder
  • There are several types of treatment available to cure social anxiety disorder. The treatment results differ from person to person.

    • The following are the treatments available to cure social anxiety disorder.

    • 1. Cognitive-behavioral therapy
    • In this therapy, you will learn to control anxiety through breathing and relaxation. This therapy will help you to replace negative thoughts with positive ones.

    • 2. Exposure therapy
    • In this therapy, you will learn how to face a social situation. Your therapist will encourage you to take part in the event or any other social situation.

    • 3. Group therapy
    • In this therapy, you learn social skills and techniques to interact with people in social settings. The therapist will encourage you to participate in group activities and help you apply social skills.

  • How Dr Shri Niwash helps you to overcome Social Anxiety disorder and Social Phobia?
    • Dr Shri Niwash is a well-known psychiatrist in Jaipur. He successfully treated several patients with anxiety disorder,mental illness, sexual dysfunction,dementia,migraine,depression,and more with his vast knowledge in psychiatry.

    • He delivers the best therapy sessions to help you get rid of Social anxiety disorder and social phobia. He will prescribe the best medicine as per your body's needs. He will advise you on the best ways to overcome anxiety.