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How To Manage Social Anxiety Symptoms

By Hattie Spates

Have you ever felt overwhelming anxious during a social function or when you meet someone new? It is quite possible that you have experienced some form of anxiety disorder. One of the most common mental disorders in our society today is social anxiety disorder and its symptoms are quite similar to that of a regular panic disorder. The fine line that differentiates social anxiety disorders from that of general anxiety disorders is that social anxiety disorder comes from the intense fear people have of certain social situations and when they are overly conscious about making a blunder in front of other people.

Though the cause of social anxiety disorder is not known, there are many people that experience it because they have had an experience wherein they suffered from embarrassment, humiliation, or became extremely nervous in front of other people. The memory of the intense feeling they have suffered will be embedded in their subconscious and they will try as much as possible to avoid similar situations so that the incident will not be repeated.

Some of the most triggers for social anxiety disorder, also known as social phobia, include: fear of being teased or criticized; fear of making phone calls; fear of making small talk; fear of meeting new people; fear of being the center of attention; fear of talking with people in an authority position; fear of performing on stage; and fear of speaking up in a meeting.

Anxiety and stress levels begin to escalate in some individuals when they required to give a speech or perform in front of other people. What they feel is far beyond the normal nervousness that usually occurs before such situations. People with social anxiety disorder will feel extremely nervous, jittery, and sometimes it can even get to the point of it causing so much distress that their daily routines gets disrupted.

There are physical and psychological symptoms of social anxiety disorder. The physical symptoms include dizziness, rapid breathing, heart palpitations, tense muscles, an upset stomach, a dry mouth, clammy hands, and a shaky voice. There are some people who perspire profusely, have twitching facial muscles and get hot flashes. The most common psychological symptoms are avoidance of social situations, excessive self-consciousness, fear of being noticed or judged for their behavior, and intense worrying before the social function.

While the effects of social anxiety disorder can severely limit the individual’s ability to relate to others and enjoy a higher quality of life, there are certain things they can do to overcome their disorder. Lifestyle changes such as getting enough sleep, drinking in moderation and quitting smoking are a few ways the individual can enjoy a better quality of life and start socializing with less anxiety. Self-help strategies may include journaling, undertaking a consistent exercise regimen, and meditating regularly to reduce anxiety and stress that may be causing the high levels of discomfort.

Anxiety levels can be reduced and there are many who have been able to overcome social anxiety disorder by changing their lifestyle for the better and doing other self-help drug-free methods. If you think that you or someone that you care for has this problem, you have to be aware of the fact that it may take some time for it to be cured and maybe a lifestyle change is not enough. There are other proven and natural ways to cure anxiety disorders that can make a person regain their normal life faster.

Millions of people suffer from anxiety attacks that can happen when in public or planning a holiday. Now there is a non-pharmaceutical anxiety treatment that can help you to get free from the unsettling thoughts that may lead to a panic attack.

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Spates, Hattie "How To Manage Social Anxiety Symptoms." How To Manage Social Anxiety Symptoms. 6 Jul. 2010. 28 Feb 2016 <>.

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