Social Anxiety

Overcoming Social Anxiety

Social anxiety is more than just shyness. It’s a pervasive feeling of apprehension in social situations, often accompanied by intense self-consciousness and fear of being judged or scrutinized by others. It’s not just about performing or being in the spotlight, but involves everyday social situations like having a casual conversation, meeting new people, attending social events, and even being observed while eating or drinking.

Anxiety experienced while performing in front of others is a form of social anxiety. Performance anxiety, often referred to as 'stage fright,' is specifically tied to situations where one is in the spotlight—speaking publicly, performing in an artistic context, or being observed while undertaking a task. The critical distinction lies in the scope: social anxiety weaves into the broader tapestry of daily social experiences, whereas performance anxiety is triggered by specific events of performance and public scrutiny. Learn more on our dedicated Performance Anxiety page.

Symptoms and Experiences of Social Anxiety

Those suffering from social anxiety might experience:

Social anxiety can profoundly affect your life in several significant ways. It often leads to difficulties in forming and maintaining personal relationships, as the fear of judgment and rejection can make interpersonal connections challenging. 

In professional environments, this anxiety can present obstacles, such as hindering participation in meetings or reluctance to engage in networking opportunities.

Social anxiety can impact self-esteem and confidence, leaving you feeling less capable or worthy in various aspects of your life. The persistent stress and anxiety associated with social anxiety can increase the risk of developing other mental health issues like depression.

How Can Therapy Help?

Therapy can be very helpful  in learning to manage and overcome social anxiety.  Therapy can provide guidance and support to help clients:

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