Are you suffering from social anxiety?

Almost everyone at some point gets a little anxious or self conscious in front of other people. Sometimes though it can become so intense it stops us doing things and can interfere with our life.

Social anxiety is a term used to describe feelings of anxiety or fear that occur in social situations. Do you feel extremely anxious in any of the following situations?

  • Being the centre of attention
  • Meeting new people or going to new places
  • Being watched while doing something
  • Parties or social gatherings
  • Talking to people in authority

The above commonly cause distress to people with social anxiety. There are other common symptoms of social anxiety. These might include:-

  • Worrying about what others think
  • Focusing on others reactions to you
  • Self conscious when speaking
  • Blushing
  • Dry mouth
  • Heart palpitations
  • Avoidance or feeling intense distress during situations you can’t avoid.

If you can relate to these symptoms, then social anxiety might be a problem for you. Talking to a counsellor can help you change your thinking. It can also help you develop strategies to cope better in certain situations that may cause you distress and ease your anxiety.

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