This is the first in a four-part series on Social Anxiety Disorder. Because anxiety issues are complex and varied, I divided this information into brief weekly segments so you can digest the information in-between.
Like anything in life, the more effort you expend, the better your results will be.
This information is not meant to be all-encompassing, but rather an overview of Social Anxiety, and some alternative ways of thinking about your fears of being in public.
Additionally, there’s a list of resources you can refer to at the bottom of this post.
If your anxiety symptoms are debilitating, it’s best to consult a doctor, or a mental health professional immediately.
Social Anxiety (Part 1 of 4) Slideshow:
Social Anxiety (Social Phobia) is:
- Irrational fears of social situations
- Intense anxiety or nervousness
- Extreme self-consciousness
- Fears of being closely watched or criticized
Common Fears of Social Anxiety (include, but are not limited to):
- Eating or drinking in front of others
- Writing or working in front of others
- Being the center of attention
- Interacting with people, including dating or going to parties
- Asking questions or public speaking
- Dealing with authority figures
- Using public restrooms
- Talking on the phone
What You Can Do Today:
Things to remember:
1. You are not your thoughts, or your feelings
2. You are in control of your thoughts, feelings and behaviors (even if you feel hopeless or endlessly stuck)
3. Social Anxiety is treatable with consistent effort and hard work
Things to Do:
1. Make eye contact with and smile at 3 random people
2. Go for a walk around the block, visit a coffee shop, or hang out in the park
Coming Up Next Week:
- Cognitive Behavior Therapy–How it Works
- 5 Things You Can Work on Daily
- Free downloadable relaxation Mp3
Social Anxiety Resources:
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Yours in honesty and mental health,