Social anxiety is one of the most common anxiety disorders. Most people experience their first symptoms in late childhood or early adolescence. Unfortunately, the symptoms of the disorder itself, such as embarrassment often stops people from seeking treatment and support for the condition. As a result, many people fail to seek treatment and the condition is left untreated.
Symptoms of Social Anxiety
A person with Social Anxiety has an intense fear of the following situations:
- Public speaking
- Eating or drinking in public
- Speaking in a group
- Writing in front of others
- Heart palpitations
- Panic attacks
Depression and Social Anxiety
There is a strong relationship between Social Anxiety and Depression. It is hard to know whether one causes the other but it is clear that people with Social Anxiety are likely to experience symptoms of depression as well. Symptoms of depression can include:
- To feel depressed most of the day
- Diminished interest in work or activities
- Weight loss or gain
- Sleeping problems
- Feelings of worthlessness
- Thoughts of suicide
Is there treatment available?
If you think that you may be experiencing symptoms of Social Anxiety, it is important that you see a Doctor or seek support. The treatment approach will depend on the severity of the social anxiety and also whether there are other mental health illnesses present. As mentioned above, it is common for anxiety and depression to occur simultaneously. In general, though social anxiety is usually treated with relaxation therapy, cognitive-behavioural techniques, exposure therapy, social skills training, assertiveness training and occasionally, medication.
If you or someone you love are experiencing symptoms of social anxiety, contact us at Swan Valley Psychology. There are effective treatment and support available for this troubling disorder. Contact us today to find out more.
Contact: Swan Valley Psychology
Shop 8 85 Walter Road East
Ph 08 93793580