Living with Social Anxiety Disorder
By: Brandi Jester
Thesis: Have you ever been excited about going out and canceled at the last minute? Had to tell someone that you were not feeling good or that you could not go because you had a last-minute emergency? When the real reason you can not go is because you did not want to leave the house is because you’re anxious about the people you will run in to. The crippling thought of having to speak to others, how you will look to them, and how they judge you. When the thought of having to deal with other people make you physically sick. You might be dealing with Social Anxiety.
1. Main Point 1- What is Social Anxiety Disorder and its cause? Social Anxiety Disorder is defined as chronic mental health …show more content…
Unlike other disorders there are no telling signs that other can see. No one realizes that when someone with social anxiety leaves an event or sits down in class, they are analyzing every interaction or performance to see how they could have done it better.
B) Supporting Statement 2- According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America about 15 million people suffer from Social Anxiety disorder and symptoms usually start around age thirteen. Some physical signs that you may be suffering from Social Anxiety are excessive sweating, rapid heart rate, blushing, difficulty speaking.
C) Supporting Statement 3- Social Anxiety does not necessarily come from a chemical imbalance in the brain but can lead to them. The structure in the brain that controls fear response, thoughts of Anxiety, and feeling may be working overtime which could lead to Anxiety disorders. According to the Social Anxiety Institute going without treatment can cause depression.
2. Main Point 2- Now that I have gone over what Social Anxiety disorder is, I would like to inform you of what life is like with this …show more content…
Even thought out this essay I have had to convince myself to continue because my thoughts are telling me no one wants to know the things that I’m writing and nothing I have to say is important. Living with social anxiety is an everyday battle and some days the anxiety and fear win out.
3. Main Point 3- Treatment Options for people who suffer from social anxiety.
A) Supporting Statement 1- According to calmclinic.com the first type of medications used to treat Social Anxiety Disorder are SSRI or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. Those types of medications are Paxil, Effexor XR, or Zoloft. Even when taking the medications, they only improve your symptoms not cure them.
B) Supporting Statement 2- According to Mayo Clinic the most effective type of psychotherapy is cognitive behavioral therapy. With this type of therapy, you are working up to confront the situation you fear most. Using role play to build confidence and become comfortable using social
You could say social anxiety is the fear and anxiety of being negatively judged and evaluated by other people. Many people with social anxiety disorder feel that there is something wrong with them but they don 't recognize that their feeling as a sign of the illness. Symptoms of social anxiety disorder can include Intense anxiety in social situations, Physical symptoms of anxiety, including confusion, pounding heart, sweating, shaking and etc.
Stoll also adds, “Where once people like Steve would have … slowly learned how to deal with people, today they are able to turn to the Internet for solace and escape.” Spending long periods of time alone, becoming out of the habit of talking to and interacting with people face to face can create or worsen pre-existing cases of social anxiety, and is detrimental to developing basic social
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Marcovitz includes an abundance of information on the lives of phobics though concise summarizations of studies, statistics, and quotes from people who are suffering or have suffered from phobias. Combined, this allows the chapter to impart a profound understanding of what it is like to possess a social or specific phobia onto the reader. The apprehension the reader is given then allows the reader to empathize with phobics.
Social phobia, the fear of social situations. More than simple shyness. This is an extreme fear of being scrutinized by others, or humiliated by one’s own actions. Aerophobia, the fear of flying and can often be confused with Acrophobia, it’s often paired with claustrophobia. Agoraphobia , the fear of inescapable situations.
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I am one of the 15 million Americans that suffer from social anxiety and an extreme fear of public speaking, however this is the exact thing that saved my life. My family has been involved with life theatre for as long as I can remember, my father went to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, my uncle helps run a theatre troops, and I starred in my first show at the age of four. Naturally, the "theatre bug" bit me as well and I started really getting into it at the age of 13. Now, we all have our niche, mine is theatre, literature, and music, yours may be sports, drawing, dancing, playing an instrument, writing, or anything that makes you feel good, I didn't fit into any of those categories, I played soccer and I was good
Body: Comparison of Social Anxiety and Panic Anxiety Disorder: People who suffer from Social Anxiety Disorder and Panic Anxiety Disorder are both naturally depressed. The American Psychiatric Association states the causes of anxiety disorders are currently unknown but likely involve a combination of factors including genetic, environmental, psychological and developmental(2015). Anxiety disorders can run in families, suggesting that a combination of genes and environmental stresses can produce the disorders. Anxiety disorders are the most common of mental disorders and affect more than 25 million Americans(APA, 2015).To escape the constant anxiety, many people with anxiety (both panic and social anxiety people) result to using the anxiety reducers: alcohol and substance/drug abuse. Friends and family will need to be patient in helping a loved one who suffers from both
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These symptoms make it difficult for a person to live their life in peace, and overcoming these symptoms is step one to overcoming the disorder. Ordinary day-to-day activities are interrupted because of anxiety and fear. Constant worrying has a huge impact on your mental as well as physical well-being. Symptoms can be emotional as well as physical.
And social anxiety disorder is something very different than that. If you have social anxiety you will know that often people try and reassure you by saying things like; “don’t worry”, “relax, you’re fine”, “just do it”, or “it’s no big deal.” These comments, however, don’t help that person at all. Its ineffective.
Social anxiety affects one 's life negatively by bringing negative emotions and feelings. Anyone who has social anxiety tends not to show their full potential because they 're afraid of social situations. Also, Social anxiety is not considered a normal facet of life like shyness is. People with social anxiety may also feel shy. Knowing the differences between the two helps identify what treatment should be taken.