*Disclaimer* – I am not a medically trained professional therefore if you are concerned about your mental health or another person’s mental health then please seek professional advice. This is from what I know from my own personal experience of the disorder.
Last week I did a post on health anxiety and here is my 10 things you should know about social anxiety post as I also have this type of anxiety. (Note: there are many different types of anxiety).
Trigger warning – discusses subjects that can trigger anxiety.
- Social anxiety is also known as a social phobia.
- Panic attacks are common with social anxiety but they don’t always come in the form of breathlessness. A person can shake, have heart palpitations or feel nauseous. I suffer from anxiety attacks where I shake and cry.
- It is an overwhelming fear of social situations i.e. crowds, public spaces etc. Fear is the most important word here.
- The worrying will occur before, during and after the event. My worrying comes in the form of questions – Did I? Did they? What if…?
- It isn’t just about being shy around people, it’s constant worrying about the “what if’s”.
- Social anxiety can be managed by therapy and medication. I feel able to manage mine on my own.
- Social anxiety can cause a person to become agoraphobic (fear of being outside). I had this at the start of my mental health problems – when I was at “crisis point”.
- It can decrease someone’s confidence and self esteem like any other mental health problem.
- Social anxiety is not just a fear of crowds or public spaces, it can include being scared to eat or drink in public, speaking on the telephone, shopping etc.
- It is known as a complex phobia as causes and symptoms can be different.
I hope this helps you understand a little bit more about social anxiety, if you have any questions then please ask below!