Social Anxiety can inhibit children and adults from performing daily things that we take for granted. ( Encyclopedia Of Mental Health, 2010). Social Anxiety disorder is diagnosed by a professional social worker or mental health clinician. Social anxiety has different criteria than generalized anxiety disorder. It is imperative that the correct treatment is given to the individual to increase the chances of the person feeling better. Working with family and friends can also help the person who diagnosed with social anxiety to not feel so alone. Social Anxiety can truly impact every part of your life by keeping you away from living an optimal life. It can impact all your relationships and if not treated can limit you from certain activities, but the good news is its treatable.
Social Anxiety which is unique among the anxiety disorders and sometimes is not diagnosed as frequently as other anxiety disorders . The difference in social anxiety is that the anxiety symptoms are associated with talking or speaking in public. Often people diagnosed with social anxiety are afraid that they will say something stupid in public or a fear of passing out. The symptoms can be similar to anxiety such as heart racing, dizziness, and shakiness. The difference is social anxiety is there is a ” perceived” fear and it is usually connected to a previous time in the person’s life when they spoke and didn’t get validated or made fun of for speaking. Sometimes anxiety in social speaking is how their body sensations react and a new of thinking can help alleviate these symptoms.
According to Chen, Clark, and McLeod (2012) found that healthy individuals relate better to controls and established faster disengagement. However, many college students report that they become extremely anxious speaking in front of their peers, so should they be diagnosed with Social Anxiety Disorder? According to the Division of Statistical Manual Of Mental Diseases there are certain criteria that should be met before diagnosing someone with Social Anxiety. ( DSM-IV). This can be two or three and a specific length of time at least two weeks.
- Shakiness and unsteadiness.
- Heart racing fast and sweating.
- Nausea and diarrhea.
- Afraid of speaking in public.
Now that we know some of the physical symptoms of social anxiety disorder ” Questions that are asked many times in the rooms of clinicians, mental health practitioners, and social workers. Treatments are changing frequently and there is no “ cookie cutter ” way to treat a specific disorder the same for everyone, but we do know what works. First, clinicians need to have better diagnosing skills so the treatment plans are tailored to the individual person and his/her needs. Asking a lot of questions and getting feed back is imperative for the client to receive the best treatment possible and the best outcomes. Other treatments that are effective for social anxiety disorder are cognitive behavioral therapy which breaks down the emotions and how a person is you are feeling. Using treatments that can decrease the anxiety and give the person suffering the confidence to try to socialize is better than avoidance.
Asking questions and examine the feelings and how thinking a specific way can make you feel a specific way. Other treatments may be medicines to reduce the feelings of anxiety such as . There are also alternative ways to manage anxiety such as talk therapy and medication. The treatment depends on the person and what she is to do to access treatment. Letting a person know they have options is a good way for them to make decisions on their treatment. Sometimes a combination of treatments such as cognitive behavioral therapy and medicine together can help. Overall, anxiety is not a good feeling, but today there are treatments that can help eliminate symptoms and live a happier life symptom free.
Hope for the Future
Hope for the future for our mental health community to receive treatment and not feel embarrassed or ridiculed for having anxiety disorder. Although there are new cutting edge treatments for anxiety and social anxiety many clients do not seek help because of STIGMA. The second reason is the lack of services that are available to clients. Stigma would decrease the mental health community will advocate for their cause and become active in speaking and making the public aware that being diagnosed with a mental illness does not mean a person can’t live a productive life. There is always hope for the future for mental illness by being advocate and a voice for change. Lets make a change in the way we treat people today and everyday!