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Social Anxiety and Social Phobia - You Might Not Be “Just A Little Shy”


<p>We hear the terms anxiety and social anxiety thrown around a lot these days. People more commonly refer to their anxiety head on through phrases such as &ldquo;that activity gave me anxiety&rdquo; or &ldquo;I was feeling really anxious last week.&rdquo; Many people also may hear form others &ldquo;you&rsquo;re so quiet!&rdquo; or even, &ldquo;you&rsquo;re just really shy. You need to come out of your shell.&rdquo; While everyone has anxiety and can feel their own personal level of shyness, it can be difficult to figure out when your specific anxiety levels tip over into the danger zone.</p> <p>There are a few different types of anxiety disorders someone can struggle with. One of the more common anxiety disorders is GAD or Generalized Anxiety Disorder. This disorder is shown through worry about everyday tasks and being unable to reel in average, everyday stresses. More or less, those who struggle with generalized anxiety struggle with heightened feelings of anxiety blanketed into most facets of their lives. However, there are more specific anxiety disorders that hone in those nervous feelings within one particular area.</p> <p>Social Anxiety or Social Phobia is described as the ever-present fear of social gatherings or performance situations. This anxiety can present itself physically before someone has to engage socially or present in front of a group via sweaty palms, heart palpitations, shaking, or hyperventilating. Social anxiety can also coexist with other disorders such as depression, panic disorder, or agoraphobia. Social anxiety is not as uncommon as many may assume, affecting around 13% of the population.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;ve spent most of your life believing you&rsquo;re just extremely shy and that&rsquo;s simply the way it is, you may be struggling with Social Anxiety Disorder. Shyness is not always just a personality trait. Many people misconstrue their extreme social anxiety with shyness and accept it for what it is when it is very treatable. Talk Therapy and specifically CBT or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy have shown to be vastly beneficial to those suffering with social anxiety. Occasionally, medication such as an SSRI, can ease and balance those untamed nervous emotions as well.</p> <p>Your shyness is not simply a permanent aspect of your being. There is a good chance your shyness is something more underneath it all. Reaching out for help may seem like more than half the battle for those suffering with social anxiety, but therapists are here to make you feel welcome, comfortable, and help you find peace and balance in everyday life.&nbsp;Your shyness is not a lost cause because there is always help and there is always treatment.</p>