Social Phobia / Social Anxiety Disorder

Social Anxiety is a common, often severe and debilitating condition

The most common condition and phobia that we help is known as Social Phobia or Social anxiety disorder. This describes a situation where the sufferer has an intense fear of being ‘on the spot' or fear of being judged or humiliated. In these situations people will often have a problem with blushing or stuttering or sweating or trying to maintain their cool and act confident even though they don't feel it.

 

Effects of social anxiety disorder

What are the effects of social anxiety disorder? Social anxiety disorder can have a severe and negative impact on your life, interfering with your school, social, and professional relationships. The dread of a feared event can begin weeks in advance and be quite debilitating. You may experience some or all of the following effects, leading to further discomfort and an overall dissatisfaction with the quality of your life:

Almost everyone experiences symptoms of social anxiety from time to time. But if you're suffering from social anxiety disorder, these emotional and physical symptoms are severe and disruptive to your life. If your lifestyle is consistently limited by your fear of negative evaluation and your distress over the anxiety you suffer when socializing, it is likely that you have social anxiety disorder.

 

Many people who consult us with this condition have tried various other treatments and therapies but without relief. At an initial consultation we will describe to the sufferer why this will be the last time they will need to do this because our therapy,  'Pure Hypnoanalysis' is unique and for this condition, wholly effective and results in complete relief from the symptoms of social anxiety and will give the sufferer a new lease of life.

Sufferers of social anxiety disorder are majorly restricted from a normal day to day life by their fear of social situations. This may vary from avoiding shopping, walking down the street (not wishing to see anyone, especially anyone they know), attending meetings, making telephone calls, writing or signing something in front of others, even going to theatres, concerts and cinemas.

The very thought of going to a pub or a party where one-to-one conversations are inevitable would cause severe panic. Office parties are a major cause of severe anxiety and full blown panic attacks for the sufferer of social phobia.

Social phobics are often good at concealing their anxiety at work but social anxiety can mean a serious impairment in the workplace; being unable to give presentations, attend interviews, cope with appraisals, accept promotion (because of the increase in responsibility) or even just reporting to your superior can be a huge problem. Fear of public speaking (glossophobia) is a specific form of social phobia and may be an isolated symptom or one part of an all encompassing social phobia.

In extreme forms of the condition, the sufferer may become housebound (agoraphobia) and depressed. Alcohol and drugs may be used as crutches in an attempt to cope and will create an even bigger problem.

You may have social anxiety disorder if your feelings keep you from your work or isolate you from activities with others. Warning signs of social phobia include:

·         Intense worry for days or even weeks before an upcoming social situation.

·         Extreme fear of being judged by others, especially people you don't know.

·         Excessive self-consciousness and anxiety in everyday social situations.

·         Fear that you'll act in ways that that will embarrass or humiliate yourself.

·         Avoidance of social situations to a degree that limits your activities and causes disruptions to your daily life.

 

socially phobic man sweating at work, blushing, panic attack 

 

Triggers of Social Anxiety Disorder / Social Phobia

  • Being introduced to other people
  • Being teased or criticized
  • Being the centre of attention
  • Being watched or observed while doing something
  • Having to speak in public
  • Meeting people in authority
  • Attending parties or other social gatherings
  • Becoming embarrassed over simple things
  • Meeting other people's eyes
  • Eating, talking, or making phone calls in public

 

Symptoms of Social Phobia / Social Anxiety

Physical Symptoms of Social Anxiety / Social Phobia

§ Blushing 

§ Palpitations

§ Anxiety

§ Excessive sweating

social anxiety and anticipatory anxiety, panic, overcome§ Feeling sick, nausea

§ Shaking or trembling

§ Choking

§ Difficulty speaking

§ Muscle tension

§ Nervous tics

§ Feeling out of control

§ Dry mouth & throat

§ 'Butterflies' in stomach

§ Diarrhoea, stomach upset

§ Weak bladder

§ "Jelly" legs

§ Dizziness

§ Chest pain

§ Numbness or tingling sensations

§ Panic attacks

§ Shortness of breath

§ Chills or hot flashes

§ Feelings of unreality or being detached from yourself

Emotional Symptoms of Social Anxiety / Social Phobia

§ Sensitivity to criticism

§ Fear of blushing

§ Feeling inadequate and/or inferior

§ Lack of confidence

§ Feeling of worthlessness

§ Fear of losing control, "going crazy"

§ Disabling fear of one or more social situations.

§ Fear of being watched or judged by others.

§ Fear that others will notice your physical symptoms of anxiety.

§ Fear of embarrassing yourself in public.

 

Children with Social anxiety disorder

As with adults, much of the anxiety is anticipatory.

More about social anxiety in children

 

For a social phobic making a telephone call is likely to be very difficult but we urge you to find the courage and strength to make this one telephone call to us to book your initial consultation and thus to change your life forever. Call Now - 0117 973 9336 or email info@bristolhypnosis.co.uk