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Social Anxiety Disorder (Shyness)

Symptoms:
  • Performance Anxiety
  • Test Anxiety
  • Social Phobia
  • Dating Anxiety
  • Sexual Performance Anxiety
  • Self Esteem Issues
  • Shyness
  • Social Inhibition


Social anxiety is hallmarked by feeling awkward in social settings, having a challenging time making friends, finding it hard to secure dates, or feeling concerned about others’ judgmental views. One of the most captivating fears of human beings is fear of humiliation. Humiliation is often at the core of social inhibitions where the affected person assumes being made fun of, or disregarded, or even punished for reasons beyond their control.

Chronic social anxiety can lead to concurrent psychological and even physiological illnesses. For example, a commonly noted psychological disorder associated with social anxiety is dysthymia, which is described as a low level of depression that is present more often than not, for long durations of 2 years or more. Other associated symptoms with social anxiety are shakiness, dry mouth, feeling hot in the face and ears or whole body and sweating, as well as trouble with irregular heart beat (arrhythmia) and rapid heart beat (tachycardia), and trouble with dizziness (vertigo or presyncope).

At the Feeling Good Therapy and Training Center our clinicians have the most success rate in helping people getting over the debilitating fear and anxiety of humiliation in social settings. Treatments are often short, stacked with several therapy exercises that include role plays in session, and behavioral practices in actual life. Patients often find the relief they were looking for, reporting no more feelings of inadequacy or awkwardness, or experiences of social apprehension, depression and disappointment.