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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.
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
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