Social anxiety disorder limits the individual's lifestyle and activities, and thus hinders the person from experiencing the most of what life has to offer. This fact already gives valuable insight into the negative effects of social anxiety disorder; but there are more context-specific effects that have been discovered and established by research. One of the more common concerns is the context of adolescence and employment.
Social anxiety disorder in adolescents
Social anxiety disorder strikes hard during adolescence. Especially because this stage is associated with forming one's identity, the effects that take place during the period largely shape the person's future. Some of the negative effects of social anxiety disorder in adolescents are:
1. Loneliness and depression: Because of the adolescent's fear of being scrutinized and humiliated, he would rather keep to himself than be with others. This is to protect himself from any possibility of embarrassment. As such, he avoids not only people, but also places and situations that provide the possibility of being scrutinized such as parties and proms, contests, discussions, group meetings, etc. As a result, the adolescent is prone to become depressed due to the limits that he has set on his lifestyle and of the company that he enjoys.
2. Alcohol and drug use: The adolescent who suffers from depression and social anxiety disorder commonly turn to the temporary relief provided by certain substances, such as alcohol and illegal drugs. These temporarily help the adolescent relieve his pessimism and chronic fear. Such substances largely aid them in coping with their disorders, but also render them prone to addiction. It is not surprising that alcoholism and anxiety are closely linked.
3. School-related: The adolescent may even quit going to school so as to avoid the possibilities of being scrutinized in class. Also, chronic alcohol and drug use are likely to condition the person to perform poorly in school, or to ultimately stop studying.
The negative effects of social anxiety disorder extend to the context of employment. Studies show that social anxiety disorder hampers a person from attaining the type of work, or work conditions, that give justice to his skills and abilities. In a particular study affiliated with the University of Michigan, researchers discovered people with the said disorder worked for shorter periods of time than others. Furthermore, the particular study shows that the negative effects of social anxiety disorder on these people prove to be "more striking" than those of depression.
Why suffer from social phobia?
Nobody necessarily has to, or deserves to, suffer from the said disorder. As such, people who experience the negative effects of social anxiety disorder should compel themselves to avail treatment.
This does not have to be as costly as taking medications, nor as possibly dangerous because of side effects that medications can induce. There are natural methods that can prove to be more beneficial; and these are both easily available and relatively more affordable. Furthermore, there are very powerful and effective techniques that an anxiety-ridden person must employ if he wants to finally rid himself of his irrational fears, in order to lead a more quality-filled life.