When you suffer from social anxiety, you are afraid of situations in which you can be judged critically by others or are afraid to ridicule yourself. You are afraid, for example, to blush, to shake or to sweat.
When you suffer from social anxiety, you are afraid of situations in which you can be judged critically by others or are afraid to ridicule yourself. You are afraid, for example, to blush, to shake or to sweat. The fears and the avoidance of social situations hinder you strongly in doing the daily things, for example your work and in all those activities where you have contact with other people. We call social anxiety symptoms social phobia. You may be afraid of a single situation (the single social phobia) or for many social situations (the generalized social phobia). You can suffer from the following social anxiety symptoms:
You have a strong fear of being in the company of others, without there being any logical reason for that
You have anxiety symptoms when you have to perform something in the company of others
In that situation you are afraid to be judged negatively
You can also become afraid of your own reaction: becoming shy, blushing, trembling, sweating. Then there is also talk of blush, fear of fear or fear of fear
You can avoid the dreaded social situation. If that is not possible, then you generally go through the situation with great fears
Of all adult people aged up to 65 years, 5% have recently experienced severe social anxiety symptoms and 8% have had in their lives. Roughly speaking, this means: if there are 100 adults living in a street, then there is a chance that there will be 5 living with a social phobia. In men, social anxiety symptoms start on average when they are 19 years old; in women when they are 20. But it also occurs in children and young adults. A social phobia usually lasts for decades. Social anxiety symptoms last longer if someone:
getting a social phobia at a young age
suffer from the anxiety symptoms in multiple situations
lived as a child in a big city
was abused as a child
has other mental disorders
What can you do about social anxiety symptoms?
After the diagnosis of social phobia has been made by the general practitioner or a psychologist, the treatment is determined on the basis of the seriousness of the complaints. People with a social phobia have usually suffered from their complaints for many years. You can say that the complaints have become almost interwoven with someone’s character. The avoidance is usually persistent and the treatment generally lasts longer. However, motivation is often great to improve the quality of life and to tackle social anxiety symptoms. A psychological treatment for your symptoms can be a good step to get rid of your social phobia.
If you recognize yourself in the description of social anxiety symptoms, please feel free to contact us or register for treatment.