Social Anxiety Disorder:
When people are scary.
Social Anxiety Disorder impacts over 15 million people in the US each year. People usually develop the condition in early teen years, but onset can occur in early childhood. Social Anxiety Disorder is defined as an intense fear of being humiliated or embarrassed in the presence of other people. People often fear being judged socially or in performance situations. Performance situations can be formal, such as a speech, or a casual social setting.
Social anxiety disorder can do a lot of destruction to one’s sense of self and confidence. Like all anxiety disorders, it causes a high level of internal suffering. Symptoms may become extreme and begin to interfere with the developmental stages of cognitive and emotional growth. In addition, people living with a social anxiety disorder may limit social or romantic relationships. This may heighten feelings of loneliness and isolation.
What’s It Like to Live with Social Anxiety Disorder?
People living with this condition often struggle to talk about deep shame (a result of untreated social anxiety disorder) and often go over a decade before seeking help for the condition. By this time, the belief that they are defective or less than is usually deeply held. However, many people find they make quick progress in treatment. If progress is slower, usually the co-existing condition of Major Depressive Disorder is present.
Because we are social creatures, living with a social anxiety disorder interferes with all aspects of life. If left untreated, people with social anxiety disorder often begin to feel guarded around all people. They begin to lose awareness that their guard is up, and as a result, often misinterpret social interactions.
The treatment for Social Anxiety Disorder is highly effective, and medication treatment is usually not required for recovery.
At CLCEC, we pair anxiety skills with essential social skills and education!