Social Anxiety Disorder Symptoms
Social anxiety disorder symptoms are so painful. Emotionally we all want to connect and be a part of a circle of friends. We, as humans are made for social interaction.
If you have social anxiety disorder, instead of happily going out and meeting & interacting with others you find yourself being inhibited, hesitant and extremely nervous.
Making things even more difficult is the fact that others pick up on our behavior and body language and react to it. We can end up driving others away by doing things they may interpret as disinterest, coldness, superiority, or antisocial behavior.
Our fears end up driving away the social contact we crave.
Some Common Social Anxiety Disorder Symptoms
Social anxiety disorder symptoms come in many shapes ans sizes but they all have to do with extreme fear or discomfort in social situations.
It is bascially an extreme form of shyness that is so bad that it interfers with our happiness and our ability to have a satisfying life.
Most people with social anxiety report feeling a sense of dread when anticipating social occasions, not wanting to eat or speak in front of others, extreme difficulty in making or holding eye contact, self consciousness to the point where they are negatively judging every move they make and every word they speak, not knowing what to say, feeling very awkward when meeting new people, not knowing hopw to relate to others, feeling invisible, and low self esteem.
This is such a painful place to be emotionally. Social anxiety disorder symptoms can also include accompanying physical conditions which are basically signs of nervousness and stress such as blushing, sweating, shaking, blinking, feeling cold or hot, and others.
Isolation and Loneliness
The end result is often isolation. When we feel so anxious around people and when our attempts at social interaction seem to fail, it just becomes easier to be alone.
There is comfort in being alone because we can control everything in our environment and we don't need to worry about others hurting our feelings or worse being rejected.
Self sufficiency is important but the truth is that we crave successful social connection too.
You Don't Need Medication For This!
Even though people have labelled this condition "social anxiety disorder" or "social phobia" it is really not a disease.
If you have social anxiety disorder symptoms, you probably either had some traumatic experiences with people at some time in your life and you were also probably never taught how to effectively relate to others.
The good news is that this can all be changed. It can all be fixed. And you are in control.
Get Rid of Shyness & Social Anxiety
The great news is that you can learn how to feel calm and relaxed in social situations. You don't need medicine and you are not sick.
But you do need to learn some skills that for whatever reason were not passed down to you as a child or teen. You need to fidn out what these skills are and practice them, unitl you have them mastered.
You probably also need to stop a pattern of negative self talk you have likely developed. We can be our own worst enemies sometimes can't we? If you listen carefully to yourself think you may hear things like "I am no good", "People just don't like me", "I will make a fool of myself", "I am not as good as they are", "There is no one who understands me", "I just don't fit in", "I am useless and stupid", "I should just get used to being alone".
Recovering from social anxiety also requires that you identify these thoughts, and turn them around - replace them with more helpful, nore realistic, more positive thoughts.
You Can Overcome Social Anxiety Disorder Symptoms
Yes you can do this. Yes there is a solution. You are a unique person with a unique contribution to make to the world. It's time to allow yourself to be the real you and to start connecting.
You can do this :)
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