Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Social anxiety disorder (social phobia)

Social anxiety disorder affects your emotions and behavior. It can also cause significant physical symptoms.
Emotional and behavioral social anxiety disorder signs and symptoms include:
  • Intense fear of interacting with strangers
  • Fear of situations in which you may be judged
  • Worrying about embarrassing or humiliating yourself
  • Fear that others will notice that you look anxious
  • Anxiety that disrupts your daily routine, work, school or other activities
  • Avoiding doing things or speaking to people out of fear of embarrassment
  • Avoiding situations where you might be the center of attention
  • Difficulty making eye contact
  • Difficulty talking
Physical social anxiety disorder signs and symptoms include:
  • Blushing
  • Sweating
  • Trembling or shaking
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Upset stomach
  • Nausea
  • Shaky voice
  • Muscle tension
  • Confusion
  • Diarrhea
  • Cold, clammy hands

Worrying about having symptoms

When you have social anxiety disorder, you realize that your anxiety or fear is out of proportion to the situation. Yet you're so worried about developing social anxiety disorder symptoms that you avoid situations that may trigger them. This type of worrying creates a vicious cycle that can make symptoms worse.

Common, everyday experiences that may be difficult to endure when you have social anxiety disorder include:
  • Using a public restroom or telephone
  • Returning items to a store
  • Interacting with strangers
  • Writing in front of others
  • Making eye contact
  • Entering a room in which people are already seated
  • Ordering food in a restaurant
  • Being introduced to strangers
  • Initiating conversations
Social anxiety disorder symptoms can change over time. They may flare up if you're facing a lot of stress or demands. Or if you completely avoid situations that would usually make you anxious, you may not have symptoms. Although avoidance may allow you to feel better in the short term, your anxiety is likely to persist over the long term if you don't get treatment.
Source: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/social-anxiety-disorder/basics/symptoms/con-20032524 

Treating Anxiety Symptoms with Biofeedback?

Managing anxiety symptoms is on the path to treating it. For many who suffer from an anxiety disorder, they will usually tell you that it never goes away, but they have learned to control it so that the symptoms are less overwhelming.
Biofeedback therapy is a highly effective research-based treatment for anxiety disorders. The individual is taught how to properly respond to their anxiety and it is one of the ways he or she can learn how to manage and control it without the use of medications.
Biofeedback gives the anxious person the opportunity to view his or her physiological responses to stress. When a person becomes anxious, some of the changes that will be displayed visually and audibly with the use of noninvasive instruments are:
  • increases in heart rate
  • hands becoming cold and clammy
  • rapid or shallow breathing
  • skin temperature
  • muscle tension
  • EEG showing higher activity for hi-beta waves in the brain (these waves increase when the mind is stressed)
  • loss of metabolic activity in frontal lobe (showing higher activity in the emotional centers of the mid-brain)
Biofeedback teaches awareness, profound relaxation skills and ways to manage an anxiety attack, as well as ways to recognize, reduce, and control stress responses. It also teaches the individual how to control the brain’s activity and maintain the proper brainwave levels to achieve a calm and focused state. By returning the body to a healthier physiological state, the “foggy head” that anxiety can cause, as well as the feeling of fear and panic throughout the body, are removed.
Source: http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2013/07/18/managing-anxiety-with-biofeedback

Our clinical hypnotherapy and biofeedback services able to improve symptoms in most people with social anxiety disorder. We will help you develop your own relaxation or stress management techniques.
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