Causes of Social Anxiety Disorder

10 Steps to Overcome Social Anxiety

There are many different reasons why a person may experience fear, pain and anxiety in social situations however the following are understood to be the main causes of social anxiety disorder:

  • Genetics – Some of us are born with a case of social anxiety disorder simply because of genetics. If one or both parents suffered from social phobia, you are more likely to suffer as well.

  • Conditioning by Interaction – Social interactions that have previously left a negative effect on us can also lead to social anxiety disorder. Being ridiculed, made fun of or being placed in extremely embarrassing situations can lead to fear of similar setting in the future.

  • Learning by Observation – Just as being in a negative situation can lead to social anxiety disorder, watching others suffer from ridicule or embarrassment can also pass the fear of social encounters onto impressible children and adults.

  • Chemical Imbalances – The imbalance of certain chemicals inside the brain may also contribute to the causes of social anxiety disorder. Four neurotransmitters that play an important role in our control of thoughts and behavior are norepinephrine, dopamine, gamma-amino butyric acid (GABA) and serotonin. Suffers of social anxiety have been found of having imbalanced quanities of these neurotransmitters in their brains.

Symptoms of Social Anxiety Disorder

With the basic understanding of what are the causes of social anxiety disorder, let’s cover what the symptoms are. Almost all people suffering from severe social anxiety disorder (SAD) will experience a range of psychological and physical symptoms.

The psychological symptoms of social anxiety disorder include:

  • Excessive fear of being in any social setting
  • Fear of situations that put you in the spotlight, such as public speaking, or being called upon in a meeting or class
  • Constant fear of humiliating or embarrassing yourself in a public setting
  • Fear of being judged by friends or peers
  • Extreme shyness around new people

The physical symptoms of social anxiety disorder include:

  • Shaking and clamping of hands
  • Muscle tension or spasms
  • Dryness of the mouth
  • Profuse sweating
  • Accelerated heart beat
  • A spike in blood pressure
  • Dizziness

Seeking Help For Social Anxiety Disorder

In reality, for most sufferers, even after they understood the causes and symptoms of social anxiety disorder, they choose to quietly live with anxiety rather than seek help. Unfortunately, social anxiety disorder when left untreated may cause more long-term health problems so it doesn't make sense not to do something about the problem. Seeking help as soon as symptoms surface can help make the treatment more effective.

The good news is that you can use a natural and drug-free treatment like self hypnosis to help overcome your social anxiety phobia.

According to William Ray, PhD, professor of psychology at Penn State University “Today, there's general agreement that hypnosis can be an important part of treatment for some conditions, including phobias, addictions and chronic pain.” A number of studies also supported the idea that people clearly benefit from self hypnosis. They get better, stay better and live a more confident life.

This self hypnosis download can help you overcome shyness and social anxiety!

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