Social Anxiety

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Social Anxiety (also known as Social Phobia) is the abnormal fear of interaction with others in social situations. Physical symptoms of social anxiety include increase heart rate, perspiration, jitteriness, muscle tension, flushing and confusion. This is cause by the nervous system putting the body into “Fight or Flight” mode. The cause of this is when the mind senses it is in danger it sends a signal to the nervous system to tell it to go into “Fight or Flight” mode. The body release adrenaline which, causes the physical symptoms of social anxiety. The body doesn’t come out of “Fight or Flight” mode until it can sense no more danger. Unfortunately for people with social anxiety, this may not happen for a long time. This in turn causes undue…show more content…
They may hang out with the wrong crowd, and start doing things that they normally wouldn’t do.They are more likely to succumb to peer pressure and drink alcohol. May start drinking heavily as that lets them start being themselves, because alcohol inhibits their fear of being judged by others. In his book Unstoppable confidence kent sayre tells the reader, how in college, he found out how Alcohol helped him to relax and that he was able to start talking without fear of others judging him (9.) Another form of relaxation, for those who suffer from anxiety issues, is the use of cannabis. Unfortunately there may be side effects that they might suffer from. “[They] may suffer impairment from the use of this drug, but won’t think much of it because it's a common problems that their friends have and will dismiss it as something trivial.” (Ecker, Richter, and Buckner. 1746) So what can students who suffer from social anxiety do to lessen…show more content…
This can lead to giving into peer pressure, not doing well academically, as well as losing friends. “ [Unfortunately] social phobia is a common problem that is frequently underdiagnosed and undertreated” (Nydegger 86) People who start noticing symptoms of anxiety when talking to others or in any situation should be evaluated by a professional so that, if they are diagnosed with Social Anxiety, they can get the help that they need to lead a better
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