In this article we are going to look at the causes of social anxiety and how to treat it.
Most of us experience some level of social anxiety from time to time, as evidenced by the fact that the biggest fear that most people have is speaking in front of a group of people. But, there is a difference between being a little shy or reticent in public and having what is commonly known as “social anxiety”.
Social anxiety disorder is extremely common, yet if it goes untreated, it can negatively impact a person’s life in the long term. Determining just what are your particular causes of social anxiety is the first step in finding a solution.
What Is Social Anxiety?
This is technically a disorder, though it is one that is fairly easily overcome in many people. It consists of an underlying fear of being in public or interacting with others in public, and is much more than basic shyness. A disorder is present when the social anxiety is so severe that it changes the way that a person lives their life.
There are several different causes of social anxiety disorder, including early childhood experiences, negative experiences with social interaction in adolescence, and inherited traits. In other words, if your parents were awkward or uncomfortable in public, then chances are that you will be, too, although this doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s genetics, but very possible that since your parents were socially awkward, they simply weren’t able to teach you good social skills, which is why you’re not comfortable in social situations.
How Does Social Anxiety Manifest Itself?
For the most part, people with social anxiety disorder will go out of their way to stay out of social situations, including those that might otherwise be fun for them. They will obviously avoid speaking in public, having any attention put on them, and they will usually avoid larger crowds in general. The symptoms that they will experience may include an increased heart rate, sweating, the need to escape, or a feeling that they are going to pass out or vomit.
How Does the Brain Come Into This?
One of the other causes of social anxiety has been found to be in the brain, in the form of serotonin. This is a chemical that is responsible for much of our behavior and if it is “out of whack” or not sufficient in supply, it can cause behavioral issues, including social anxiety.
However, while there are plenty of pharmaceutical companies that are eager to sell you drugs which will increase the amount of serotonin in your brain, the challenge simply is that drugs aren’t targeted enough, and they affect too much of your personality and health, which can lead to all kinds of unwanted long-term side-effects. What’s more, once you stop taking the medication, you often not just go back to where you’ve been before, but are actually faced with even more difficult psychological problems.
What Treatments Seem To Work?
While there are certainly many different treatments for social anxiety, most experts agree that unless it is absolutely necessary, medications should be avoided. In many instances, so-called “alternative” therapies seem to have the best outcomes.
Hypnosis and self hypnosis in particular is often one of the easiest ways for people to overcome their social anxiety. This method of treatment allows you to progress at your own pace without the threat of having to reveal your problem to another person. There are now some very high quality self hypnosis downloadable products that you can choose from that will help you overcome even the most severe social anxiety in the comfort of your own home.