The Truth About Social Anxiety Part 1

Since I have dealt with a great difficulty of describing the details of my experiment due to confidentiality and standard error problems, I have decided to provide and in-depth description of social anxiety and why I find it prevalent to research. This will depict misconceptions and give everyone a closer look at what people who suffer from this really go through and what we can do to help them.

-Nupur

Social anxiety is the fear of social situations that involve interactions with other people. It can also be stated as a fear and anxiety of being negatively judged and evaluated by other people. It can cause fear, stress, and anxiety in all aspects of a person’s life. It is categorized as a chronic disorder as there is no simple solution to it, direct cognitive-behavioral therapy is the only known solution to change the brain and help people overcome social anxiety.

Social anxiety is widely misconceived in today’s society with many claiming that people may be using it as an excuse for being shy and having a lack of confidence, as well as people claiming that the emotional symptoms and trigger factors are being used as an excuse for people to bring attention to themselves. The phrase ‘social anxiety’ is so lightly tossed around in today’s society and mainstream media that it diminishes the powerful effect that the phrase truly has. A person who has ‘social anxiety’ wants to be like any other person; have the ability to be friendly and sociable, have the confidence to speak to others and speak up for themselves, as well as having the ability to take themselves out of their comfort zone and experience new things. Many of us while reading this may be thinking, “How hard can that be, I do it on a daily basis?!” and as a society, we need to take the time to put ourselves in their shoes and see what goes on in their minds before any action can be taken.

As I proceed with this explanation and description of what people who suffer from social anxiety truly go through, I truly hope that we all take a moment to think of anyone we may know who may be suffering from this and think of what small things we can do to help them. The best way to help someone who is dealing with this in their daily life is to provide as much support as we possibly can as well as guide them towards attaining the help that can make a world of a difference for them.

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