Social Phobia

Are you a victim of Social Phobia?

Social Anxiety

What is this Social Phobia? or What is Social Anxiety?
A complete analysis……

As per a recent research- the kids that remain more active at night, are most likely to be the victims of Social Phobia. In 13% cases, the apprehension of social-phobia prevails lifelong.

What is this Phobia?

Social-Phobia is a psychological disorder. It is also known as Social Anxiety. The afflicted person is afraid of certain circumstances or conditions without any logical reason. He apprehends that the people always think about him in a negative manner and ridicule him behind his back. The patient of this phobia avoids meeting the strangers and finds it difficult to express his thoughts. He is always engulfed by the fear that he would fail to keep himself composed before the people. He fears that he is sure to commit some mistakes that would exhibit his short comings and unworthiness. Such people try to avoid attending interviews or making public speeches. In some cases, this fear or anxiety is deleterious to the extent of spoiling their career.

Why does it happen?

The family atmosphere plays a very vital role in intensifying this disorder. Be it the negligent attitude towards the kids or the over-protectiveness – both can be responsible for causing social phobia. The extremely fanatic or conservative attitude towards the cultures and principles in the family is also considered to be a factor responsible for causing social phobia. It is also seen as a hereditary disorder in some families. Social phobia is found in 10-15% people. Normally, it begins before the age of twenty, and mostly the kids between the age of 11 and 15 are seen to be affected by it. However, it is more prevalent in females than males.

THIS IS NOT A COMMON FEAR

Understand the difference

Fear or some kind of anxiety during the interviews or examinations is not uncommon; however, the social phobia is a more serious or severe condition. A social phobia patient begins worrying about the situation weeks before the time he actually faces it. Especially, this is an outdoor problem where you feel that someone is evaluating you, or there are several eyes looking at you; for instance: fear to deliver a speech, dining in the restaurant and performing before the audience etc.

Treatment for Social Phobia

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is considered to be an effective treatment for Social Phobia. The treatment through this therapy is done on the basis of the way of thinking of the patient. This therapy is based on the assumption that it is the thought of the person that decides about how a person would feel or behave in a particular situation. A situation or an incident can be viewed in two different ways by two persons, and therefore, this therapy emphasizes to alter the way of thinking or behavior, or both. Besides this, the patient is also given the anti-anxiety or anti-depression medicines.

How to take care of your kids?

  • It is vitally significant to observe a few things to keep your kids out of the reach of this phobia, for instance;
  • Render sufficient love and devote enough time
  • Understand kid’s problems and solve them
  • Let him express fully and know his ideas or desires
  • Encourage him for social activities

Notable points

  • When did you start feeling such fear as an adolescent or teenager? When do you get angry? What are your habits?
  • What are you afraid of? How would you face, if the situation you fear actually occurs before you?
  • Are you under medication for any other diseases? If yes, which medicines are you taking?
  • An incident in your life may have affected you deeply. This effect can be both – negative and positive.
  • The doctor should also be told clearly about who is responsible to push the patient to this condition.

How to identify?

Child

  • The child is very much introvert and does share his ideas or thoughts with anyone.
  • He is unwilling to go to the school daily.
  • He becomes very conscious if he is asked to participate in any social activities.
  • He does not participate in the functions in the school.

Adult:

  • Without any reason, he denies going to a social activity each time he is asked to.
  • He visits the washroom or toilet just before going for any gathering or assembly.
  • He tries to avoid attending calls or making calls to someone. If at all, he talks on the phone, he tries to finish the conversation soon or hands it over to someone else.
  • He does not use the public toilet due to any unknown fears.

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