People with Social Phobia, or more recently Social Anxiety Disorder, have a marked or intense fear of social environment or performance situations where they will be scrutinized by others. These fears are anxieties such as blushing, sweating, trembling, strange or incomprehensible speech, making mistakes while talking, being laughed at, being disgraced when communicating with other people.
People with this disorder have a marked fear of being the center of attention or behaving in a way that is embarrassing or humiliating. They either continue their lives despite this fear and discomfort, or they mostly avoid environments and situations where they will experience this fear.
These fears include eating in public, speaking out against society,
It manifests itself in social situations, such as meeting familiar people or having trouble entering or staying in small group settings.
Usually, adolescence begins and the person learns to live with it, to live in spite of it,
It can affect school success. A student with social phobia exhibits a profile that has difficulty in asking what he does not know and answering what he knows. It is a disorder that brings with it exam anxiety, as it is generally associated with evaluation anxiety. In this case, this student’s school success will be below his effort or what he deserves.
This is also reflected in business life. The person works in jobs below his potential. He does not dare to change jobs. He does not want to change jobs because he thinks that interviews such as interviews will cause a lot of stress, and he thinks that it will be very difficult with the part of getting used to new colleagues. Although he is not satisfied, it is common to work in the same job for many years.
This difficulty is also reflected in the initiation and maintenance of romantic relationships, as they are uncomfortable entering new environments and have difficulty getting close to the opposite sex.
Social anxiety disorder is a disorder that usually starts in the early stages of life, reduces the quality of life of the person in many aspects such as school, work, marriage, family, and actually takes the person under control in many areas of his life.
There are two types of social phobia.
Performance type: It is the intense anxiety experienced while performing a behavior that will only be spoken in public or to be watched such as eating, writing, sports, dance performance.
Common type: It is the group that is worried about being “evaluated” and examined in other areas of life, as well as the environments in which it will perform in the ensemble, and who are worried about being criticized, disgraced or embarrassed.
In social anxiety disorder, treatment is usually too late. If you think you have the above symptoms, there is the Social Phobia Scale at the link below. You can solve the scale and request the results to your e-mail address and have an idea about your social anxiety level.
Living with social phobia is generally very tiring and often, over time, a different additional disorder such as depression or generalized anxiety disorder may also be seen in the person.
Most importantly, it is a curable disease. Psychotherapies, especially with the Cognitive Behavioral method, are very effective in the treatment of social phobia. If you are experiencing such a problem, you should give yourself a chance to get out of this deadlock by getting psychotherapy support.