Social anxiety is not a disease but a state of discomfort. It is very common phenomenon under which some people fear public gatherings, job interviews, public speaking and many such events. Though it is quite normal to get nervous amongst a group of unknown faces. But some people get on to their nerves and therefore they start behaving weirdly.
Here are some of the most common signs of social anxiety or social phobia:
If you struggle speaking publically or feel hesitated in meeting new people at times, do not think that you have social anxiety or social phobia. On the other hand, a repetitive such behaviour along with other signs suggest you need an extra care.
Physical symptoms of social anxiety
- Turning off the face into red colour.
- Feeling out of breath
- Trembling of hands or body
- Sweating excessively
- Shaking voice
Mental signs of social anxiety
- Excessive consciousness
- Loss of sleep
- Fear of being led down
- Fear of being judged and insulted
- Disapproving oneself
- Criticising oneself
How to help someone deal with social anxiety?
If there is a family history of someone suffering from social anxiety, then most likely it gets genetically transferred. But it is not a universal fact. It may also be the result of some childhood humiliation, misbehaviour or bullying. However, there are always exceptions. Thus, we need to be extra patient with people who are socially anxious or fear gatherings.
- Try to divert their mind and make them recall the happy moments of their life.
- Provide them full mental and emotional support.
- Show faith in them.
- Encourage them.
- Talk to them and be their support system.
- Do not make them feel weak.
Anyone could be grabbed by the problem of social anxiety or social phobia. It usually happens when a person is forced to be a part of big social gatherings. Though it can be termed as a disease, yet needs to be tackled at the earliest. Thus, one can talk to a therapist and join a self-help group. This will eventually help to boost the self-confidence and give upon the fear of facing people.