Social Anxiety Disorder Can Contribute To Loneliness. Is It Easy To Understand?

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Social Anxiety Disorder is a disorder when your social anxiety prevents you from doing what you want to do. “What you want to do” can cover a very wide range of activities like making friends, doing well at work, going to college and more.

So, as you can see, the disorder can affect your whole life negatively. This disorder usually strikes at an earlier age and therefore its potential for damage is great.

One thing you need to be aware of is that if your social anxiety is preventing you from doing things then it means that your thinking has become distorted. That is not an easy thing to realize or understand.

Your social anxiety may prevent you from doing certain things and not prevent you from doing other things. In general, people with this disorder can be anxious about being sociable with other people, doing work in the presence of others, public speaking, being in public places, being in the midst of crowds, etc.

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Not every one is anxious about the same things. So some people with this disorder can be anxious about public speaking but not about being sociable with others and so on.

About 5% of the U.S. Population have this disorder. To find out if your social anxiety is severe enough to be qualified as a disorder take this test. If you score high on the test there are three different ways you can overcome social anxiety.

The most effective way of treatment of this disorder is via Cognitive Behavior Therapy.

How to find a cognitive behavior therapist:

Go to the website ABCT Association For Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.

Then click on the Find A Therapist button at top right hand corner. Then only type in the letters of your state in the second box and nothing in the first and third boxes and click on the Search button.

You will be taken to a page that shows a map and a list of the cognitive behavioral therapists below it. Search for the words Social Anxiety and you will find those cognitive behavioral therapists in your state that specialize in treating social anxiety.

The other way is to seek treatment from a psychologist or psychiatrist. Such a specialist will help you explore your past and try to identify which events in your past have caused you to develop the social anxiety.

A psychiatrist may also prescribe you medicines to alleviate the physical symptoms of your social anxiety.

You can also work on reducing your social anxiety by meditating or by joining a social anxiety disorder forum.

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