What do you need to know about Sociophobia?

Symptoms of sociophobia

Are you afraid of being judged? Are you shy in your everyday social environment? Are you afraid of meeting new people?

If you have had this feeling for six months and these feelings interfere with your routine, such as talking at work, meeting new people, you may have a social anxiety disorder.

Social anxiety disorder is a long-term and overwhelming fear of social situations. This fear can affect work, school and other daily activities, or make it difficult to meet new people. But social phobia shouldn’t stop you from fulfilling your potential.

In fact, this disorder is very common in society. Usually women suffer more from this than men. In the early 1960s, the term ‘social phobia’ was coined. At that time, scientists believed that this disorder was very rare. However, the National Institute of Mental Health reports that 12.1% of people in the United States experience anxiety at some point in their lives.

This usually starts during adolescence. Some people get better as they get older. For many, this does not go away on its own.

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    Symptoms of sociophobia:

    • blush;
    • sweat;
    • shiver;
    • heartthrob;
    • nausea.

    You may experience social phobia if:

    • worry about usual things like meeting strangers, starting a conversation, working or shopping;
    • avoid or worry a lot about events: parties, dinner in the company;
    • always worry about things that you find unpleasant, such as blushing, sweating, or seem incompetent;
    • difficulty doing things when others are watching: you may feel like you are being watched and judged all the time;
    • fear criticism: avoid eye contact.

    If you see that your friend has these symptoms, then the best way to help him is to support, not judge him.

    Examples

    The types of situations that trigger anxiety can vary greatly from person to person. Here are some examples of what social anxiety might look like:

    • You walk into a café and see your friends whispering and laughing. You are afraid that they are laughing at you. Even when they say they are not, you continue to worry.
    • You want to ask a teacher a question, but you cannot because you are afraid that it will seem silly.
    • You are afraid to read aloud because you may mispronounce something or miss a word.

    What you feel and what others see

    If you have a social phobia, then you probably think that your anxiety is obvious to everyone. But actually, looking anxious is another thing that people with social anxiety fear. But others may not know. This is because many of the symptoms of anxiety show up under the surface.

    You may have panicky thoughts and some physical symptoms of anxiety, such as a rapid heart rate or an upset stomach, but other people probably won’t notice. More noticeable sign is redness, for example.

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    Why avoid worry doesn’t work

    One of the things people learn to do when they are worried is to avoid the things that worry them. Skip parties, school, social events. It can help calm your anxiety in the short term though.

    But experts warn that hiding from your anxiety really only makes it worse.

    Another dangerous thing about fear avoidance is that it can become a habit, which can lead you to find yourself drifting further and further away. This will aggravate your anxiety and other people will not understand why you are leaving. This can make you feel even more lonely.

    Social phobia is a fear response to something that is not actually dangerous, although the body and mind react as if the danger is real. This means that people with this disorder do experience physical sensations of fear, such as a rapid heart rate and rapid breathing. They are more sensitive to the fear that they will be embarrassed, look stupid, make a mistake, or be judged, criticized, or laughing. This forces them to avoid such situations.

    Why it is so important to ask for help

    Social anxiety can prevent you from doing what you want and keep you away from people you would like to be friends with. It can also increase the likelihood of depression. Asking for help can be difficult, but it really matters.

    Social phobia should not control your life. Fortunately, this disorder is treatable. Therapists / psychotherapists can correctly make up a treatment plan to help people cope with this. Treatment can help you overcome your symptoms.

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