Taking on social anxiety

It is a mistake to think of health in physical terms only. For generations, mental health was overlooked as a major problem, and most societies tended to pretend that it wasn’t something they needed to deal with.

One of the most common mental health difficulties that many people encounter at some stage of their lives – and some for a long period of their lives – is social anxiety.

This is where the sufferer has a fear or extreme discomfort when faced with some or all social situations.

Many sufferers become physically sick with the onset of their anxiety, while others simply struggle to express themselves.

The great news is that there are many good treatment options available to deal with social anxiety.

Your first port of call should be a psychiatrist or a psychologist. Not only will they be able to give you a proper clinical diagnosis of your problem, but they will be able to start providing treatment straight away.

Your treatment options may involve medication, but they are just as likely to not involve medication too. It is always worth exploring the non-medication options before agreeing to take pills.

If you want to get the ball rolling, you should start by recording your feelings in a diary. Try to identify patterns of behaviour; for example, if you get anxious whenever you go to a certain place or see a certain person.

Set social goals for yourself. For example, if you have to go to a certain place each week and you get anxious there, try to work on spending a longer period of time each week.

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