Anxiety And Tension

It Could Be Social Anxiety Disorder


You have an overwhelming feeling or self-consciousness and anxiety in social settings where other people are fine with, then you might have social phobia or otherwise known as social anxiety disorder. People afflicted by this disorder feel that they are being judged and watched intensely by others and think that others are thinking horrible thoughts about them. They fear that they may embarrass or humiliate themselves in front of people when they meet them. Such a disorder can seriously affect with daily life such as school, work, relationships and activities of daily living. Though most people with social anxiety disorder know it for sure that what they’re feeling are not valid and excessive but cannot seem to control them. Suppose, when they have to attend function, they worry for weeks thinking about the dreadful day.

Social anxiety disorder can range in its behavior. Some individuals may only suffer from a specific fear such as eating or drinking, speaking, or writing if others are around or watching. Some people have a fear or going to the bathroom in a public restroom. This can be as serious as causing physical sickness or weakness to the bladder because of the anxiety involved, while some people are fearful in all social situations and is never comfortable. The normal daily activities that most people take for granted are so horrifying and worrisome of social phobias it can be physically debilitating. This illness can cause people to miss work or school if they fear they will have to get up and be seen or noticed.

Some of the common symptoms include

A) blushes often in social situations
B) profuse sweating when anxious
C) trembling when approached or spoke to
D) nausea as anxiety increases and possibly vomiting
E) extreme difficulty talking

You may be extremely embarrassed by all of these symptoms if you have social phobia. It can feel like there are million people watching you all the time and you can’t get away. You might even be able to stand being around your own family for fear of ridicule and rejection. This is a common irrational fear that with out medication cannot be controlled. Even if you tried to face what fears you have the anxiety level before can be almost debilitating and can linger through out the whole experience. The anxiety can also linger after wards and keep you feeling scared and anxious for weeks or months. Affecting approximately 5.3 million American adults with men and women being affected equally, social phobia usually starts to develop in childhood or the early teens. There is belief that social anxiety disorder can also be hereditary so if a family member has it you are at a higher risk of developing it as well.

There is hope and treatment for those persons who suffer with social anxiety disorder. There have been more and more drugs capable of helping control the feelings one may suffer with. The antidepressants Paxil and Effexor are excellent and wide used to help suffers of social phobia. It can take two to four weeks for the medications to start to take effect and it can also take some time to find the right dosage that works the best with the least side effects. The user needs to always follow the instructions on the prescription and take the medication every day. If the side effects are too bad or there is no improvement in four weeks call your doctor. Many patients will have to continue medications for months, years, or even a lifetime.