Social phobia, which is a common disorder, is actually a chronic mental health condition. It is not just a personality or a people dislike problem. It is the event where self-conscious people are feared to engage in normal activities and conversations.
One easy example to consider is when a person panics in a restaurant when the waiter comes to take the order.
Social phobia should not be left undiagnosed or untreated as a person in the early teens may end up with extensive consequences as an adult.
What causes Social phobia?
Social phobia can be the result of various factors like the following:
–Genetics. (Anxiety disorders can be genetically traced).
–Chemicals of the brain. (Sensitivity to serotonin can be considered responsible).
–Overactive brain structure. Some responses to fear can be due to an overactive amygdala (it’s the part of the brain the produces emotions).
–Negative social experiences. (Harmful events like rejection, humiliation during childhood can definitely make a person to fear people as these events shape the child’s expectations on personal interactions).
What are the symptoms of Social phobia?
A phobia in general is a term used to describe an irrational fear. Let’s take the example of a person speaking in front of an audience. Most people even in the thought of being the central speaker in front of a crowd would experience heightened nerves. Some other cases where a person suffering with social anxiety would fear of coming up against can be:
— Entering a room that is full of people
— Making eye contact with other people
— Using public restrooms
— Responding to a question while in a public place (e.g. classroom)
— Meeting someone for the first time
If a person suffers from Social phobia engages into any of the above situations, the result would most probably be an experience of rapid heartbeat, upset stomach, blushing, dizziness and visible trembling.
When it comes to children, who suffer from this disorder, they may fear going to any setting that involves crowd gathering especially to those events were participation is expected.
Should Social phobia be treated and how can it be done?
If Social phobia is left untreated there are consequences like alcohol and substance use, failed relationships and suicide attempts that should be considered as possible results during adulthood. If a person is diagnosed and treated in a timely manner then there is a good chance to fully overcome social phobia in due time.
Therapy sessions have a good success history, as therapists work with the child with an ultimate goal to control anxiety and overcome negative thinking. In some cases (depends on the person and its case), therapists combine the therapy sessions with medication, but this doesn’t mean that the medication will be a part of the long-term treatment plan.
You should not allow Social phobia to have the last word. Get professional help, treat it and get confidence and fearlessness in your everyday life.