Social Anxiety Disorder

By: Ava Brauchler

Social Anxiety is a disorder that fear and anxiety lead to problems that can disrupt your life. Severe stress can affect your relationships, daily routines, work, school or other activities. It’s normal to feel nervous in some social situations. For example, being around a group of people or giving a presentation may cause that feeling of butterflies in your stomach and make you dizzy and light headed. But in social anxiety disorder, everyday interactions cause a big amount of anxiety, insecurities, and embarrassment because you fear being judged negatively by others. Some signs of Social Anxiety are always worrying about doing something you think is embarrassing like blushing, sweating or appearing “stupid”. 

People that struggle with Social Anxiety Disorder can find it difficult to do things when others are watching  you, you may feel like you’re being watched and judged all at the same time. Fear of being judged, avoiding eye contact or having low self esteem may be part of this disorder. There is medication to help cope with some of the symptoms and therapy is also known to help. Having a support system can always help too. If you think you are suffering from anxiety it is very important to reach out for help. There are hotlines and support groups that offer guidance if you’re struggling mentally and emotionally. It can be hard to reach out especially if you suffer with anxiety and with talking  to people, but with the right guidance, you can set up a network of help specific to your needs that can accommodate your disorder. Unfortunately there is no way to know that you’re cured from Social Anxiety Disorder but there are some people you could contact.

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