Social anxiety disorder (social phobia) can be described as an extreme, persistent fear of being scrutinized or judged by others in social situations. This fear may lead to feelings of embarrassment, humiliation and self-consciousness. People who suffer from this condition may “feel powerless against their anxiety” (ADAA). These emotions often interfere with daily activities, such as school, work and personal relationships. The person might begin to withdraw socially or avoid situations in which he or she is afraid.
Phobias are an unreasonable yet strong fear of a certain object, class of objects, or situation (Bruce). Phobia sufferers experience fear and a strong desire to escape whenever they encounter the phobic object or situation. Most people are able to avoid the object of their phobia or endure it with some mild distress. However, when a phobia causes personal distress or when avoidance of it interferes with a person’s ability to carry out normal activities, mental health professionals classify it as an anxiety disorder. These sufferers may need specialized treatment to overcome their phobias.
Sufferers develop low self-esteem from thinking that they are different from not being able to communicate properly and thinking that other people are thinking of them in a humiliating and negative way. Often people with social anxiety believe that they are worse than others, and are not loved. Depression soon arrives after thinking negative thoughts for such a long time that it over takes them and consumes their minds. Depression can lead to the person having suicidal thoughts which can eventually lead them to taking their own life. Because of the severity of social anxiety, it should be treated as a mental illness.
Social anxiety is the fear that everyone around is constantly judging one and that one is being critiqued or looked down upon. There are many misconceptions of what social anxiety actually is. Social anxiety is not being excessively shy. For example, a shy person could have a social anxiety disorder but they could not have one just as easily. Just as well, an outgoing person could have an anxiety disorder just as well as they could not have one.
Social phobia is an "irrational anxiety elicited by exposure to certain types of social or performance situations, also leading to avoidance behavior." Many people, in the world today, suffer from this phobia. Public speaking is the leading fear in today’s society. People will go to the high extremes to get out of a speech or an event where they are the center of attention. How many times have you been nervous about giving a speech in front of your class?
Agoraphobics: a phobia in which an individual perceives that the environment is life-threatening and that when placed into that place there is no immediate escape. These situations can be open spaces, public transit, shopping malls or anywhere outside of the home. In most cases, agoraphobics will become evidently overwhelmed by anxiety or experience a panic attack or panic-like symptoms. This phobia is difficult to treat and most disabling in comparison to other phobias due to it being associated to many fears. Social phobia (also known as social anxiety disorder) is the fear of performing in front of others and social situations (interaction) which can lead to intense anxiety.
One of the questions people always ask themselves is why does one stay with a person who abuses them ? But it can be difficult for many people to understand why a person would stay with someone like that and there could many reasons. It’s mostly strong emotional and psychological forces that keep the victim attached to the abuser. Emotional abuse is the same thing as psychological abuse also known as mental abuse. There are many ways to show this such as they fear that the abuser threatens to kill the victim if they report their abuse to anyone, lack of emotional support, fear of making big life changes, fear of physical harm to self or children, fear of losing the custody of the children because the abuser threatens to take the children from the victim if they try to leave them, the victim feels responsible for the abuse, believes the abuser will one day change, may use alcohol or other drugs to cope with the anxiety, fear or depression that abuser has left to the victim.
The fear become immense due to a lack of social skills or experience in social situations. As a result of that people undergo extreme distress in certain social situation and try to avoid them. People with social anxiety disorder has distorted thinking, including false beliefs about themselves and social situations. They have immense fear of negative opinion of other’s about them and this fear affects the academic life of a person chiefly. Students living with this disorder become afraid of situations, such as class participation, making friends, speaking in public or giving presentation, making students face loneliness and negative perception of teachers about them.
Social anxiety disorder also known as “social phobia” is defined as the fear of being judged or humiliated by others in social situations. This causes a feeling of embarrassment or self-consciousness. Many people feel like they are powerless against their anxiety disorder; like there is no way out. Emotions like these can cause problems with daily events such as going to school, going to work, and even relationships. People tend to avoid certain situations that they really want to go to but they know they will be paranoid the whole time they are there.
They may be unable to complete school, have trouble interviewing and getting a job, and may be incapable of friendships or romantic relationships, making them feel alone or even ashamed. Although not as common, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is another form of anxiety that can wreak havoc on someone’s life. OCD causes one to suffer from unwanted thoughts that they cannot seem to let go of (obsessions), causing them to repeatedly perform ritualistic behaviors or routines in an effort to ease their anxiety. Agoraphobia is considered one of the more serious anxiety disorders. A common misconception is that agoraphobia is a fear of public places.