What is Social Anxiety?
Social Anxiety is the fear of interaction with new and different people that generate self consciousness and feeling of being judged. Hence leading to avoidance
Symptoms of Social Anxiety
There are many different symptoms that are associated with Social Anxiety. Some of them include fear of situations where you will be judged, fear that others will notice that you look anxious and intense fear of interacting with strangers. Not only are there psychological symptoms but there are physical symptoms as well. Some of them include muscle tension, diarrhea and a fast heartbeat. These symptoms might come and go depending on how comfortable one is in a social outing. However, it is important to treat these symptoms as soon as possible because these symptoms are known to evolve over a long period of time if not treated.
Causes of Social Anxiety
There are many causes of Social Anxiety, depending on the age group. Since Social Anxiety is common in teenagers some reasons can include bullying, family conflict and sexual abuse. Bullying can play a big part in Social Anxiety because it changes the mental process of teens at a young age and causes them to think negatively about themselves which leads to self doubt and fear of getting bullied again. This causes teens to re think every single thing in their mind before saying it which cause Social Anxiety.
IMPACT OF SOCIAL ANXIETY
Social Anxiety makes everyday life a challenge for people that have it. Every action is thought about twice before it is committed. Most people are afraid to enter a conversation as they don't want to get judged and are anxious they will have nothing to talk about. Furthermore, Social Anxiety makes it a challenge to achieve everyday goals such as collaborative work at work or school and socializing in order to network
Is there help?
There aren't really support systems for social anxiety. However there are tips and tricks one can apply in order to better themselves. Some include, trying to spend less time focusing on your own physical symptoms in social situations. Remembering that anxiety is much less visible than you imagine. It is also important to keep in mind that even if you are visible anxious, it does not mean you will be thought badly of.