Identifying whether you have social anxiety disorder is something best handled by a trained professional. However, before going to see a professional there are some things that you should ask yourself to make a preliminary diagnosis of this disease and/or disorder.
This is the third most common mental health disorder that many suffer from. Social anxiety disorder follows alcohol dependence and depression.
Another name for social anxiety disorder (S.A.D.) is social phobia. The disease or disorder is an intense nervousness and self-consciousness of being closely watched, judged and/or criticized by others, the fear of making a mistake in front of others that will result in humiliation.
Commonly you isolate yourself socially from friends, family and even strangers to cut the risk of having anxiety and placing yourself in a situation where anxiety can occur.
In some of the most extreme cases or situations, your feelings of an anxiety attack can build to a panic attack.
Many that have this disorder will avoid the telephone, parties, public meetings or even having company over to the house. Working each day can cause anxiety the entire time you are there.
The fear of public speaking is a mild form of the disorder. However, if you find yourself unable to live a normal life because of the anxiety that attacks you, you need to seek the help of a professional that can help you.
If you are affected in your personal relationships, your employment, daily activities such as going to the supermarket, you need to seek help.
Those that suffer from this disorder often have distorted feelings, ideas and thoughts. They may imagine other have negative feelings against them without any proof. The most disabling form of the disease is the anticipatory anxiety or worrying.
You worry about things you have absolutely no control over. You worry incessantly and cannot stop. You cannot eat; you cannot sleep because of these incessant thoughts of worry that are in your mind. You can worry about an upcoming event for that won’t happen for a day, year, or even 10 years. The person is aware that the fear is unreasonable but cannot control the anxiety or worrying.
As a result of this fear the person will avoid nearly every social situation. If they a forced to take part in them it will result in extreme distress emotionally, physically and typically will result in a panic attack.
These are some common situations that can produce anxiety feelings;
- Making eye contact
- Eating and drinking in front of others
- Anything that makes them the center of attention
- Talking on the phone
Physical signs of anxiety;
- Low speaking voice
- Trembling or shaking
- Cold clammy hands
- Difficulty talking or making eye contact
- Shaky voice
- Heart palpitations
- Muscle tension
There is no single known cause of anxiety disease or disorder. It may be a combination of biological, psychological and environmental conditions.
If you feel that you are suffering from any of these symptoms, see the advice of a medical professional.