How to Deal with Social Anxiety Disorder


Social anxiety disorder, among the most diagnosed mental disorders today, chronically interferes in a person’s social life when that person experiences excessive degrees of fear toward facing social situations. Although many people feel a degree of shyness, a person who suffers panic attacks and always tries to avoid social gatherings may have social anxiety disorder. Many ways exist to cure this mental disorder. Dealing with it involves experimenting with a variety of therapy approaches. However, keeping a positive attitude and practicing persistence can lead you to overcome it.

  • Take note of your current situation. Acknowledging your social anxiety disorder may help you retrain the way you think. Once you do this, you can make an effort to overcome it and start building up your self-esteem.

  • 2. Seek professional help. A psychiatrist or counselor who works specifically with those who suffer from social anxieties can prove enormously helpful. He can provide you with many types of behavioral and cognitive therapies that can help you understand, face and overcome the disorder.
  • Practice new sets of social skills. Learn how to strike up a conversation with someone. Focus on small conversations about certain topics in which you have an interest. Smile and learn to make eye contact. These small steps can help you get relaxed and settle your nerves, thereby adjusting to the person with whom you converse so you will feel less pressure.
  • Take it one step at a time. Don’t push yourself too fast to move out of your zone of comfort. Consider starting by simply looking someone in the eye and saying a simple “hi” or “hello” to a passersby. Next, start a conversation in a coffee shop or park about current events. A simple talk can lead to a conversation that can help you feel more comfortable with someone new.
  • Get involved in group therapy. This kind of experience will help you understand that you do not suffer with this affliction alone. Get involved with support groups, which can work as a vital key in recovery methods because of the emotional support they provide. You can also learn new social and coping skills from others who have overcome their social anxiety disorder.
  • Join a club or an organization that fits your hobbies. For instance, if you enjoy art you could attend a workshop. There you will meet other people who share your passions, and won’t feel so much pressure to socialize.
  • Learn all you can about social anxiety disorder. Join support groups and online forums to seek out positive support from other people who understand your situation. They can encourage you to venture outside of your comfort zone. Purchase books that can help you learn about and overcome social anxiety disorder.
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About the Author: Andrew Reinert is a health care professional who loves to share different tips on health and personal care. He is a regular contributor to MegaHowTo and lives in Canada.

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