Treatment for Social Anxiety Disorder Dublin
Suffering from social anxiety disorder is very much a common problem for people who feel very uncomfortable in situations with one or more people and groups of people. It can lead to an upwelling of emotions and fears in the sufferrer as they have developed a fear and a belief that they are potentially being judged or critised by others, their self esteem is diminshed, they hate the feeling of being put on the spot or being analysed whilst doing tasks and this can lead to panic attacks, depression and deflated self esteem and self confidence.
You are not alone if you sufffer from social anxiety, it is one of the biggest problems people suffer from today..!
In everyday life for some people … social anxiety issues are not a problem… However, for those who do have some social anxiety issues the problem is very real and uncomfortable. Social anxiety disorder physically rears its head and can cause people to have many physical symptoms when their social triggers are fired off. The physical symptoms can take the form of intense adominal pain, tension fear and anxiety throughout the entire biomedical system. A prime example of an external social trigger would be someone with the fear of public speaking and the physical effects that has on ones body.
For sufferers.. the fact of the matter is… the thoughts going through your mind at all times are… what are they thinking of me, how are they judging me… how can I cope ?
The usual stressing and distressing elements in our lives, We all have the stresses of modern day life to contend with, the booms and busts of the economy. The ups and downs of family life. Our work and its pressures. For people who already have some social anxiety problems these added pressures tend to bring symptoms to the fore and make them even worse.
Social phobia can start to take root in our formative years and its foundation is a building block of layers from many different influences such as Gaurdian and Family, religious and cultural influences, our own our beliefs and habitual thinking with regards to the world around us.
Children tend to learn social anxiety from their parents or guardians who inadvertently thought it to them every day. Socially anxious carers with a fear being judged themselves believe they need to stick to a close set of social rules and tend to be more judgemental towards their children. They also put across the constant message that other peoples opinions are really important.
Our psychological foundations also underpin whether or not we create social anxiety. It is a case that… the greater our external sense of power and control and low self esteem.. the worse our levels of social anxiety will be.
In my clinics, social anxiety and social phobia are by far the most common conditions I treat.
Some symptoms that may appear alongside (or be caused by) social phobia or social anxiety are…..
A fear of public speaking, A fear of talking on the telephone, A fear of writing in front of someone (even signing a cheque!, Blushing or a fear of blushing, Stuttering or stammering, A lack of confidence, Working too hard (to please others), Setting unachievable high standards and feeling bad when they are not met (perfectionist thinking), A preoccupation with how you look: ‘perfecting’ an image you want others to see (this is NOT vanity – this is about trying to ‘blend in’), Certain twitches or ‘tics’, Shy bladder (men especially) not being able to pee, when on the spot or in public toilets, Certain sexual inhibitions – due to ‘performance anxiety, ’Repeated failure of driving test etc – due to ‘performance anxiety’A persistent fear of failure or ‘not making the grade, ’Basically, any situation in life where you might feel embarrassed, on the spot, judged, silly, out of control etc