Social phobia is a frequently occurring disorder. It has a strong impact on personal and professional aspects of life. For example, a student who suffers from it can not learn properly due to the following fears:
• To be presented to other people
• To communicate with senior people as well as with group mates
• To speak in public
• To be sneered at or to be ignored
The above mentioned list of fears is incomplete. Everyone who faces the problem may continue it with his or her own fears. Fear or anxiety is usually accompanied by physical symptoms such as tremor, sweating, headache, soreness and muscle tension. This disease is inevitably and limits the possibilities of a person due to the following fact. The person wants to avoid a frightening situation. As a result, it can lead to social isolation.
What are the consequences of social phobia?
People who suffer from it say the following. The disorder adversely affects their ability to study and work. In addition, existing data suggest that patients with the disease more frequently experience depression and difficulties related to alcohol or drugs. The severe depression is accompanied by suicidal thoughts and even attempts.
What are the reasons of social phobia?
Social phobia tends to begin in infancy or adolescence. This early onset of the disorder can lead to serious violations in psychological development. There are two most widely known reasons of social phobia according to psychologist’s statements.
A person experienced very strict parenting in childhood and lack of encouragement from parents.
A person experienced bullying at school. Such attitudes towards the child contribute to the formation of low self-esteem and lack of self-confidence.
How to treat social phobia?
Early treatment can prevent the development of severe forms of social phobia. The modern approach involves the use of cognitive behavioral therapy. The person imagines an anxious situation and tries to overcome the fear under the psychologists’ control. Systematic training helps to react properly in similar life situations and boost self-esteem. Medication (antidepressants) may also be used along with cognitive behavioral therapy.
Besides, everyone can try to cope with social phobia by himself. Here are some steps:
Realize the reason of your fear. It helps to overcome anxiety. Realize that nobody is passing a judgment at you all the time. You will be more confident in your actions. Make small talks with your group mates or colleagues. It improves your social skills. Remember about self motivation. This is a powerful factor that helps to overcome fear. Don’t worry about your stupid words or actions. In fact, nobody pays as much attention to you as you think. Be positive. Of course, the desirable result can’t be reached overnight. However, systematic implementation of these simple tips can change a lot.