Everyday there are people living with fear, avoidance, pain, terror, and doubt. This is the disorder of social anxiety. Social anxiety can be found throughout the entire country. Both men and women are suffering from this disorder (Main Symptoms of Social Anxiety Disorder). Not only is social anxiety a disorder but, it is also a phobia (Charles H. Elliott & Laura L. Smith). Social anxiety is an apprehension towards a relationship an individual may have with people around him or her. Social anxiety isn’t just the fear of judgments but, it can lead to keen symptoms that can heavily impact an individuals life.
An individual suffering from Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) is very shy, centered and afraid of his or her surroundings. What causes this disorder? Well, most likely, SAD is a natural response to many people. Correspondingly, it can also be caused from biological factors. Social anxiety can often be caused in the early years of an individual’s childhood. Jerome Kagan, a researcher from Harvard University has found that these children all had a high resting heart rate; their heart rates would increase when the children are faced with stress. Well, the parents of these children also had an increasing heart rate when they were going through tough times. So biologically, SAD can be transferred to the child from his or her parent. The individual may have gone through his or her entire childhood suffering with SAD without giving the disorder any recognition until later on in his/her life. (The Science of Shyness: The Biological Causes of Social Anxiety Disorder)
People who are not suffering from SAD may seem to believe that this disorder is something that shouldn’t be taken under too much consideration and that it is just a phase that people go through in life and it is a mental problem rather than a physical problem. I’m here to prove that they are wrong. Yes, social anxiety is mostly all in one’s mind but, this disorder can give a lot of pain to a body. Social anxiety can go to as bad as passing out in public to as little as hand sweats. This still does not mean this disorder is not serious. Social anxiety can cause an individual to get short and rapid breathing, chest tightening, body twitches, muscle tension, hot chills, and fast, forceful heart rates (Physical Social Anxiety Symptoms). Similarly to the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), individuals who are suffering with SAD try to avoid anything that reminds them or cause them of any trauma. The ones who are suffering from SAD may have trouble sleeping, relaxing, concentration, and controlling their emotions. (Richard P. Haligan & Susan Krauss Whitbourne). Basically, the bigger the trauma the greater the risk that the individual who is already suffering from SAD may develop PTSD.
John Lubbock once said “A day of worry is more exhausting than a day of work.” Many individuals suffering from SAD can easily relate to Lubbock on this point. This disorder can efficiently take over an individual’s attitude within a few mere seconds. I have interviewed a close friend of mine that is dealing with this disorder, here is what he had to say. “I found out I was diagnosed with social anxiety before freshman year had started. My mom made me go to the doctors because she found out that I was cutting myself and I was a very closed and quiet person. I tried my best to be nice to people but, sometimes I would lose all of my cool and lash out so they would leave me alone.” Aside from him, everyone is different. The most usual temperament that other people would have is to be very nice but, they would mumble a lot, stutter and most likely, turn around and walk away. I have found evidence that proves why people “lash out” quickly when they diagnosed with SAD. They are very violent and they can effortlessly go from a shy person to a tight-fisted monster (Richard P. Halgin & Susan Krauss Whitbourne)
There are many symptoms regarding social anxiety to know...
Approximately 13.3 percent of the population experiences a form of social phobia at some point in their lives. Social phobia is any fear associated with situations that you are subject to criticism by others. Eating, public speaking, or even walking in a public place can be devastating and bring on such reactions as headaches or stomachaches to more severe symptoms of panic attacks and dysphoria. Although adolescent girls are expected to show more withdrawn behavior than adolescent boys, social phobia shows an even distribution between genders. With an onset of early adolescents in most cases, the condition can carry on through the subject’s adult lifespan if not discovered and treated early on.
Speculated to be most likely genetically transmitted, the cause of social phobia is not yet known for certain. Although considered to have an onset in early teenage years, signs of it have been known to appear in ages as early as eight years old. Social phobia in children and adolescents tends to show similar symptoms to that found in Socially phobic adults. Anything that may be perceived as humiliating or embarrassing, including: fear of speaking, eating or writing in public, going to parties, using public restrooms, and speaking to authority figures, playing games with children or joining in at recess may be feared by a social phobic. Many report...
A. SocialAnxiety Disorder is a problem we’ve all have faced, it’s the fear of being evaluated by others, with the expectation that such an assessment will be negative and embarrassing.
B. Remember your high school days? The stomach butterflies and the prom night weren’t as easy as they seemed even with the popularity.
C. In the old days socialanxiety disorder wasn’t considered a real psychological disease where some people thought this was a ridiculous diagnosis. “You mean being shy is now a disorder?” until the APA classified the broadly defined “avoidant personality disorder” and “social phobia” as diseases in the 1980. Where the socialanxiety was the third largest mental health disorder after alcoholism was first. Depression was second.
D. We got used in Egypt to understate any psychological disease and blaming the environmental conditions for any failure but actually dealing with such disorders and negative feelings may be the key to any future progress.
II. COUNTER ARGUMENT:
A. Some people may consider socialanxiety disorder as a ridiculous diagnosis and confuse it with simple shyness and anxiety. They say they never met anyone with these symptoms.
B. It may be true that back in the earliest days,...
...Socialanxiety and ruminating in The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
I was very interested in investigating and understanding The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock since there are certain coincidences between Prufrock and me. These coincidences are based on behavior, ways of thinking and social performance. In some way I can relate with the anxiety that Prufrock experiences, since I also suffer from (mild) socialanxiety. I believe that by analyzing Prufrock’s anxiety I can better understand how it affects other people, myself included.
Socialanxiety is not as rare as we think, but whilst suffering from it we do not necessarily consider how it might affect other people. . In order to better understand Prufrock’s descriptions, we need to have an understanding of socialanxiety.:
Socialanxiety is the fear of social situations and the interaction with other people that can automatically bring on feelings of self-consciousness, judgment, evaluation, and inferiority. Socialanxiety is the fear and anxiety of being judged and evaluated negatively by other people, leading to feelings of inadequacy, inferiority, embarrassment, humiliation, and depression.
Considering this definition, I will analyze the stanzas of this poem,...
...Running Head: Depression and Anxiety
Prevalence of Depression and Anxiety amongst College Students
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Florida Gulf Coast University
College of Health Professions
Prevalence of Depression and Anxiety amongst College Students
College represents a form of higher learning. For many, it is also a time for personal growth as we transition into adulthood. This in itself is a stressful situation as one must make drastic adjustments to a new role, environment, and demands. Stress is a major contributor to the development of mental and emotional issues (Rodgers, L., Tennison, L. 2009). Research has been done to determine the impact of depression and anxiety on university students. It has been hypothesized that the effectiveness of a students’ adaptation to stress is critical to their performance in school and social wellbeing.
Within the college campus, the most common psychological issues include depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and bipolar disorders; three of which have strong ties to stress (James Michael Nolan, Stephanie J.W. Ford, Victoria E. Kress, Renee I. Anderson, Theresa C. Novak. 2005). For college students, stress can arise from various sources; increased course workload, establishing new social circles, and being away from family for the first time If students are not able to properly deal with...
...Ankit has been experiencing marked levels of fear when entering a variety of social situations. Since he moved to university he has encompassed a new demand to socialise beyond the classroom. For example, Ankits flat mates will often drink in the kitchen and on weekends go to parties, whereas Ankit doesn’t enjoy parties and refrains from using alcohol and drugs. Consequently, Ankit feels embarrassed and when he does encounter these situations. He experiences physical symptoms such as sweating and dry mouth. Due to this Ankit avoids his flat mates as much as possible and only uses the kitchen when they are not there.
During lectures students are encouraged to participate and the lecturer will often call on students to do so. The thought of speaking in front of his peers provokes intense fear and symptoms of anxiety. For instance, Ankit sits at the back of the lecture theatre to avoid being noticed. The thought of being called on and having to speak in front of his peers creates experiences of anxiety such as sweating, heart pounding and muscle tension. Throughout the lecture he is preoccupied by the anxiety and afterwards will evaluate whether people noticed that he was anxious.
During conversations Ankit reports that his mouth becomes dry and his voice shakes. He becomes occupied with thoughts such as; “do I sound stupid?”, “They can see me sweating, they know I am anxious”. After experiencing a...
Mental Health - FAM1134
Professor Karen White-Jones
November 26, 2013
A vast majority of the population might feel nervous or worried in social situations like speaking in front of a crowd or any type of interview. Some symptoms they might have would be a fast heartbeat, break out into a cold sweat or even faint because they are so nervous. In turn, a person may havesocialanxiety disorder (SAD), previously known as social phobia, if the nervousness affects the workplace, schoolwork or personal relationships (SocialAnxiety Disorder, 2009). People affected with SAD have to constantly think about working conditions, social environments, personal health practices and coping skills as well as other things. This disorder can keep a person from doing the things that they really want to do and it can disrupt their daily activities in a very negative way.
Description of Mental Illness
Socialanxiety disorder is one of the most common anxiety disorders; however, most people do not seek help for it. Socialanxiety disorder is a mental disorder that can affect all ages. People that have socialanxiety disorder will feel very uncomfortable in social situations and nervous about doing or...
SocialAnxiety is a worldwide disorder that can affect anyone, no matter what ethnicity or gender they are. Socialanxiety is an intense fear of social situations, especially when you are being judged or watched by others. Such as presentations, being the center of attention, public speaking, making phone calls or eating and drinking in front of others. I chose to study this topic because I find it interesting how certain social situations can cause fear in people. Also, I show some symptoms of having socialanxiety and I wish to learn more about this topic. Socialanxiety disorder is also known as social phobia. It is defined as the fear of social situations that involve interaction with other people. It is the fear and anxiety of being judged and evaluated negatively by other people or behaving in a way that might cause embarrassment or ridicule. This leads to feelings of inadequacy, self-consciousness, and depression. The person with socialanxiety disorder may believe that all eyes are on him/her at all times. Social situations that provoke socialanxiety are eating or drinking in front of others, being the center of attention, public speaking, presentations, talking on the telephone and asking...
Running Head: LIVING WITH SOCIALANXIETYSocialAnxiety Disorder
Louisiana Delta Community College
December 7, 2005
SocialAnxiety Disorder is the world's third largest mental health problem which affects over seven percent of the world's population. SocialAnxiety is the fear and anxiety one has in a social situation, or the feeling of being judged by other people in public. It can be described as a more advanced form of shyness in which someone cannot overcome. If left untreated, socialanxiety can lead to depression and overall avoidance of daily activities. Socialanxiety can control one's life, and it can affect relationships and work habits on a day to day basis. There is not a specific cause known as to why this disorder occurs, since it occurs in different races, ages, and genders.
There are many theories as to what causes socialanxiety; such as the theory that it is due to the chemical imbalance of serotonin in the brain. Another is that it is instilled in a child at an early age by the type of environment that the child is raised in, or a traumatic situation which...