A Nation of Social Anxiety

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“In school I was always afraid of being called on, even when I knew the answers. When I got the job, I hated to meet with my boss. I couldn’t eat lunch with my co-workers. I worried about being stared at or judged, and worried that I would make a fool of myself. My heart would pound and I would start to sweat when I thought about meetings. The feelings got worse as the time of the event got closer. Sometimes I couldn’t sleep or eat for days before a staff meeting” (“NIMH – Social Phobia”, 2011).

Social anxiety, or social phobia, disorder affects so many people. It is a person’s fear of being in a public situation, preventing them from carrying out everyday tasks like they should. Usually a person with social anxiety disorder is uncomfortable around others and extremely nervous in general. The degrees of social anxiety range from vague, dreading a presentation, to debilitating, avoiding situations for weeks (“NIMH- Social Phobia”, 2011).
Many people would be shocked to find out just how common social anxiety is. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, there are forty million people in the U.S. eighteen-years-old or older that suffer from anxiety disorders, and that is not including children. Social anxiety is the one of the most common types of anxiety disorders, with fifteen million people experiencing it in the United States. That is estimated to be around 6.8-percent of the total population of the country (“Facts & Statistics”, 2010). Although it is so common, it is confused with other descriptions for people. As a nation, we need to become more aware of what social anxiety disorder is and what can be done to decrease social anxiety in everyday life.
There is a good chance that if some...

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... Awareness is key in a disorder like this, so it is extremely important to know all the facts. With all of the facts, one can seek help and avoid social anxiety disorder altogether.

Works Cited

Facts & Statistics | Anxiety and Depression Association of America, ADAA. (n.d.). Retrieved April 13, 2014, from http://www.adaa.org/about-adaa/press- room/facts-statistics
NIMH · Social Phobia (Social Anxiety Disorder). (n.d.). Retrieved April 8, 2014, from http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/social-phobia-social-anxiety- disorder/index.shtml
Santa Clara University - The Wellness Center - Anxiety. (2004). Retrieved April 8, 2014, from https://www.scu.edu/wellness/topics/anxiety.cfm
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