When Everything is Socially Unacceptable: Living with Social Anxiety

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Social Anxiety Disorder is the third largest psychological problem in the United States today. Fear, apprehension, avoidance, pain, and anxiety consume one who suffers from the disorder. They often try to disguise their struggles because they fear judgment. Social anxiety has a traumatizing and agonizing depth that people are usually unaware of. It can severely impact one’s quality of life and ability to self-navigate on a regular basis. Social anxiety reveals itself in a variety of ways through various symptoms.

Situational Symptoms:

Here are situations that can easily trigger one’s social anxiety:
• Meeting other people
• Being teased or criticized
• Sitting at the center of attention
• Being watched or observed while doing something
• Having to say something in a formal, public situation
• Meeting people in authority (“important people/authority figures”)
• Feeling insecure and out of place in social situations (“I don’t know what to say.”)
• Embarrassing easily (e.g., blushing, shaking)
• Meeting other peoples’ eyes
• Swallowing, writing, talking, making phone calls if in public

Emotional and Physical Symptoms:

Here are the feelings or physical cues that can indicate one is experiencing social anxiety:
• Feelings of anxiety
• High levels of fear
• Nervousness
• Automatic negative emotional cycles
• Racing heart
• Blushing
• Excessive sweating
• Dry throat and mouth
• Trembling
• Muscle twitches

Living with it

Every account is a little bit different when discussing what it feels like to live with social anxiety. Some people mention the dread that comes from small things like walking down the street or standing in line at the grocery store, as these things can bring unwanted interactions with strangers or run-ins with people you know. Social anxiety can cause one to isolate themselves and cause extreme feelings of loneliness. As it makes sense that one would combat their social anxiety by avoiding social interaction at all costs. This mental health issue also takes a toll on one’s self-perception and confidence. People who struggle with this commonly bring up how they feel weak and insecure when interacting with others because it is such an uncomfortable task that they don’t feel equipped to perform. If a person is motivated to end their agonizing anxiety, comprehensive cognitive-behavioral treatment can help lessen anxiety and make the world a much more enjoyable place

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