What is Social Anxiety
Social Anxiety, according the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Psychiatric Disorders (DSM-V) is
significant fear or anxiety about one or more social scenarios in which the person is exposed to possible evaluation by other people.
Feared social scenarios may include:
- job interviews
- public speaking
- going on a date
- interacting with authority figures such as, e.g. bosses or teachers
- being observed eating or drinking
- having a conversation
- meeting new people
- participating in meetings
- going to a party
- using a urinal
The social anxiety sufferer may worry that they will be visibly anxious ( e.g. be seen to be sweating, shaking, blushing or their mind will go blank or their voice will tremble).They may also fear that they may act in some way that will be negatively evaluated as offensive and/or lead to rejection, humiliation or embarrassment.
The social scenarios almost always trigger fear or anxiety in the sufferer.
The social anxiety sufferer’s fear or anxiety is excessive to the social scenario and the context.
The social anxiety sufferer avoids their feared social scenario/s or endures them despite severe fear or anxiety.
The sufferer’s fear and avoidance cause them a lot of distress and impacts on their ability to: function at work , to socialise or carry out other aspects of their life.
The sufferer has been experiencing difficulty with fear/anxiety or avoidance for at least 6 months or longer.
The social anxiety/fear or avoidance cannot be blamed on the side effects of medication or drug abuse or another medical condition.
The social anxiety/fear or avoidance is not attributable to another mental disorder such as e.g. autism , body dysmorphic disorder or panic
Catherine Madigan, clinical psychologist is available to treat your social anxiety via individual and /or group CBT sessions and can offer virtual reality exposure too.
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