About Treating Anxiety Disorders
About Treating Social Anxiety Disorder
Anxiety Disorder (SAD) is a severe, disabling form of shyness
that is characterized by the fear of one or more social
situations, such as meeting new people, talking to people
in authority, attending parties or meetings, talking in
front of a group of people, and eating in public. Sometimes
the problem can be minor and limited to one situation, such
as not speaking up in class or a business meeting, or it
can be very serious and widespread.
with social anxiety disorder often try to avoid the situations
that make them anxious, but when they cannot, they feel
very anxious and self-conscious. They may blush, pale, sweat,
tremble, stammer, and/or have a panic attack. They are very
concerned about being looked at or judged by other people,
and they fear that they will be embarrassed or "humiliated"
if other people notice their physical signs of anxiety.
anxiety disorder is very common. Approximately 1 out of
7 or 8 people will suffer from social anxiety/phobia at
some point in their lives. There is not one cause for social
anxiety but several factors that contribute to the problem,
including genetics, prior experiences, negative thinking
patterns, and poor social skills.