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Social Phobia

Ubiquitous and highly prevalent, social phobia troubles majority of people, plaguing them and lowering their esteem, performance, and interactive abilities. Deep-rooted in the psychologies of social phobic people, social phobia can grip people at any stage of their lives and cause great havoc and devastation in their professional and social lives. It is basically the fear of being evaluated negatively in a social situation.

Social phobia is often mistaken for shyness, as it is always associated with situations that involve doing something or acting in front of public, or interacting with people. However, studies and psychological research have revealed the dangerous nature of social phobia. A serious disorder, social phobia is described as severe anxiety problem that often grows in intensity, even when the social phobic may be aware of the irrationality of his or her anxiety or fears.

Originating almost always in teenage and adolescence, social phobia interferes in the normal development of an individual’s personality and social life.

Social phobia always develops in individuals who underestimate their abilities and further, believe others expect them to be perfect in their behaviour and everyday activities. Failure of rejection, criticism, sarcasm, and other negative reactions are some factors which pave the way for social phobia to develop, intensify, and disrupt everything.

Some situations which involve extreme shyness and anxiety for a social phobic include performing in public, public speaking, and even eating in public places or using toilets, besides others. Individuals suffering from social phobia show symptoms such as profuse sweating, palpitations, nausea, and dry mouth, among others.

Individuals suffering from social phobia usually try and avoid any situation that makes them experience all the aforementioned symptoms of social phobia.

Other factors which are believed in aggravating social phobia disorder in people include depression, negative family environment such as a chaotic or disintegrated family structure, and others.

Tending to avoid social situations and interactions, social phobia often tends to accentuate the loneliness, lower self-esteem, and isolation of a social phobic. Highly devastating, social phobia is hopefully curable and treatable. Some effective treatment methods include behavioral therapy such as cognitive behavioral therapy, which reduces fears and improves interactive abilities of people suffering from social phobia.

Other treatment methods include proper medication, which can reduce depression and boost up the self-esteem.

Social phobia is a serious disorder and should always be treated from the very onset of the problem to help individuals lead happier and more fulfilling lives.

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